Air Quality Program
The Air Quality Programís primary responsibility is to protect human health and the environment through air quality pollution monitoring and management. The Program works with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that facilities within the Hualapai Tribeís boundaries are in compliance with environmental laws and ordinances.
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Since clean air is essential for a strong healthful existence, we must take an active role in keeping our air clean. The long term goals of the Program are to reduce emissions, decrease respiratory illnesses or fatalities due to air pollution. The Air Program is committed to protecting the environment and quality of life on the Hualapai Tribeís lands.
The Hualapai Tribeís lands cover nearly 1,000,000 acres in North western Arizona which consists of a variety of landscapes from high ponderosa forest, to canyon lands, and high desert environments. Nearby communities to the main Hualapai community of Peach Springs, Arizona include; Truxton, the Caverns community, Grand Canyon West, Seligman, Kingman, Arizona, all within a 50 mile radius. The Air Program also has monitoring capability in the Big Sandy area near Wikieup, Arizona where there are additional Hualapai Trust lands existent.
For an interactive map displaying the current precipitation events on the Hualapai Reservation
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Mercury Deposition Monitoring on Hualapai Land
The risk to human beings and to wildlife from mercury and methyl
mercury are well established. Quantitative determination of risk requires
monitoring and assessment of environmental concentrations further along the
exposure pathway, such as in water, fish and humans.
Hualapai Lands are located in the path of major wind paths such as the Polar Jet Stream and the Sub Tropical Jet Stream. Atmospheric mercury is a key source of contamination for aquatic ecosystems. The deposition of mercury through precipitation is a driver of current and future risk. Therefore, the need for obtaining trend data and qualitative indicators in the surrounding area is a valid concern for the Hualapai Tribe.
The unique relationship between Air Quality and Water Resources in the environmental pollution cycle has prompted a collaboration of programs to gather information vital to providing a new layer of protection for the health and well being of our people. Mercury deposition is a national concern we share on Hualapai Lands. Concentrations of mercury accumulate in the atmosphere and fall upon the Earth in precipitation.
The Air Program has obtained an N-CON Systems Mercury Deposition Network Sampler (MDN) to collect baseline data in an attempt to understand the impacts to health risks upon the local population. The Air Program promotes a collaborative and comprehensive approach to addressing the need for monitoring of mercury deposition within the Hualapai Reservation and trends in total mercury deposition in the local region of South-western America.
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