Air Quality - Class I Re-designation
The Hualapai Tribe’s Air Quality Program currently operates a Class 2 air shed. The Hualapai Tribe is considering re-designation of their air shed from a Class 2 to a Class 1 air shed. A public meeting was held to listen to issues and concerns regarding re-designation. The Hualapai Tribe has not considered the proposal any further, and the Class 2 designation remains as it stands today.
The Hualapai Nation of the Grand Canyon encompasses nearly one million acres of the Colorado Plateau and has a northern boundary consisting of 108 miles of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River. Hualapai continue to inhabit their aboriginal Homelands; since time immemorial. Our Air Quality Program is dedicated to Protecting, Preserving, and Enhancing the Culture and Environmental Resources of all Hualapai Tribal Lands.
The Air Program operates under the Hualapai Air Ordinance with a EPA approved Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP). The QAPP serves as a reference document for implementing the QA program and provides detailed operational procedures for measurement processes used by the tribe. Acceptable quality assurance procedures are necessary to provide data that meets the basic objectives and minimizes the loss of data. Data obtained are submitted to the EPA’s Aerometric Information Retrieval System-Air Quality System (AIRS-AQS).
The Clean Air Act (CAA) and its amendments provide the framework for protecting air quality. It requires EPA to set national air quality standards for certain pollutants and it requires EPA to develop programs to address specific air quality problems. The CAA also establishes EPA’s enforcement authority and provides for air quality research. National air quality standards ensure that all Americans have the same basic health and environmental protections. Federal funds assist the Hualapai Nation to build tribal capacity and to train tribal members in the protection of their federal Trust Resource – clean air.
Monitoring stations are currently maintained by the Air Program that keep an eye on particulates emitted in the surrounding areas that would cause a potential health hazard to members of the nearby communities.
We currently measure for:
The Hualapai Air Program has been monitoring air quality including Particulate Matter at 3 air monitoring stations on the Hualapai Reservation; Peach Springs, Grand Canyon West, and the Big Sandy since 1997.
Public awareness is crucial to help maintain efforts to protect the
most sensitive groups of our communities which are the elderly and infant
populations, along with those affected by conditions such as asthma and pulmonary