Mission: To achieve and maintain a healthy environment with functioning ecological systems including biodiversity, clean water, clean air, and healthy soils required to support plants, animals, tribal values and subsistence uses.
Environmental Trust Brochure
Programs and Projects
Boundary Waters: Protect and enhance boundary waters of the Colville Indian Reservation.
Staff coordinates with state, U.S. federal and Canadian authorities on boundary water quality and Upper Columbia River CERCLA activities, assist with the Lake Roosevelt Water Quality Council, and serves as Lead Administrative Trustee for Upper Columbia River Trustee Council. The Upper Columbia River resource consumption health survey.
Okanogan River Fish Advisory
Lake Roosevelt Fish Advisory
Hazardous Waste: Assess and clean up hazardous waste/materials on the Colville Indian Reservation.
This program enforces the tribal hazardous substances control act, manages hazardous waste assessment and clean up activities on the reservation, maintains an information repository for all clean up and assessment activities on the reservation, past and present, including a responsible party file system, and informs the public of hazardous waste activities on the reservation.
Watershed Program: Protect and enhance water quality and soil conditions on the Colville Indian Reservation, including tribal law administration on hydraulics & forest practices, mining water quality, and water quality standards .
The Watershed Program monitors Reservation surface and ground water quality, ensures sustainable and productive soils, operates a federal dam safety program on Owhi and Twin Lakes dams, and analyzes water and soil resources for management and land use planning as part of integrated natural resource management. Click here for more information!
Water Rights & Permitting: Maintain a water permitting and record system, Tribal water rights, perform water resource planning and inventory functions, and regulate/permit on-site waste water systems.
Staff processestemporary and full-time water permits & water rights investigations, coordinates with State regarding boundary waters and state permitting issues, performs water availability and need studies for reservation watersheds, and regulates and permits on-site waste water systems.
Septic System Application Process
Air Quality Program: Protect air quality of the Colville Indian Reservation.
The Air Quality Program develops, operates, and maintains an air monitoring & permitting program for Reservation, coordinates with EPA on implementation of new federal air quality laws for the Colville Indian Reservation, performs air quality inventories and assessments, coordinates with Fire Control on burning permits and smoke management issues.
Air Quality Construction Fact Sheet
Air Quality, Wildfire, and Smoke
Forms and Applications
Natural Resource Project Application Instructions
Natural Resource Project Application– Forest Practice
Natural Resource Project Application– Hydraulic Practice
Temporary Water Use Application
Burning Permit Application
Earth Day Event Success, Video