Environmental Department

The Qagan Tayagungin Tribe Environmental Department was developed in 2000 with funding from the Environmental Protection Agencies Indian General Assistance Program funds. Many projects have been done with these programs funds over the years including an Abandoned Drum Clean-up in collaboration with the City of Sand Point and the Unga Tribe, an Environmental Youth Group and Environmental Teen Group, which meets weekly, Annual Earth Day Fairs, Annual End of Summer Clean-ups, Annual Graveyard Clean-ups, air quality testing for dust in the boat harbor, soil sampling for chemicals/hazardous wastes, invasive species,  traditional ecological knowledge, indoor air quality work, water testing in our salmon streams, working with Aleutian Housing to have energy assessments done on houses in Sand Point, developing environmental education, and more!

The Qagan Tayagungin Environmental Department was recognized and given an award for helping to improve the environmental health of our community, and making a difference in Alaska at the 14th Annual Alaska Tribal Conference on Environmental Management in 2008.

In 2008, the Environmental Department started hosting the Annual Earth Day Fair to educate the community on the importance of keeping the community clean and protecting our environment.

In 2011, the Environmental Department started their Annual End of Summer Clean-up, where in September a clean up is conducted to rid the community of trash piled on during the summer months.

In 2012, the Environmental Department created an Environmental Curriculum to help further learning about the Environment in our community. In FY13, the environmental staff implemented the curriculum and used it for the full year to teach youth and found out some of the curriculum didn't pertain to Sand Point but also found what could be added to the curriculum. In FY14, the Environmental Department added to the curriculum in which they started implementing in FY15. The curriculum is a big project which was completed by the Environmental Department and they will continue to improve  & implement it during FY 16.

In 2012, the Environmental Department started working with the State of Alaska to test Paralytic Shellfish Toxins through the Paralytic Shellfish Pilot Program, this funding ended in 2015. From May thru September, the Environmental Department worked with the Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Association to test Paralytic Shellfish Toxins. Starting in October 2015, the Environmental Department has been and will continue to test the shellfish with the Indian General Assistance Program funds.

In 2014, the Environmental Department was awarded a mini grant through ANTHC for air quality monitoring of the dust in the boat harbor. One Tuesdays and Thursdays for eight weeks, the Environmental staff would take their monitor down to the boat harbor and set it up in one of the two designated spots and monitor the dust activity for 24 hours. Two sights were picked, site A was right across the road from the boat haul-out and site B was off the side of the road heading to the airport. The monitoring results came back with averages lower than the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for it to be an air pollution problem.

In 2014, the Environmental Department also started their annual Graveyard Clean-ups in July in order to help restore the Sand Point Graveyard and rid the space of invasive plants.



Cold Weather

Cold Weather: Affecting Air Pollution

When the weather gets cold enough, exhaust from vehicles and homes becomes visible in the air. The vapor is more visible in the air and the levels of pollution are higher in the winter.

Sources of pollution, like industrial emissions are constant throughout the year, no matter the season.

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Air Pollution and Asthma

Pollutants in the air have the same effect on kids with asthma as other triggers. Effects on airways make them swell and tighten up, and cause breathing problems. Pollutants can also make kids more likely to catch upper respiratory infections (such as colds and flu), which can also bring on asthma symptoms making their lungs more sensitive.

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Earth Day Fair

Earth Day Fair

The 11th Annual Earth Day Fair will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the Qagan Tayagungin Tribe Community Center.

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Common Murres

Sick or Dead Murres & Seabirds

There has been an increase in reports of sick or dead murres or other seabirds in the news. If you happen to sight one please report it. For reporting instructions please click on the headline for more information.


Asthma and Indoor Air Quality

What is asthma? Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening, chronic respiratory disease that affects almost 25 million Americans, 7 million of which are children. There is no cure for Asthma yet, it can be controlled through medical treatment and management of environmental triggers.

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House Plants and Indoor Air Quality

Are house plants good or bad for indoor air quality? Certain household plants are great for indoor air quality!
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Pop Can Flower Bouquet

Recycling Projects

There are many projects you can make from recyclable products. You can recycle plastic, paper and metals helping to reduce the waste going into the landfill.

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Reusable Canvas Bags: How to care for them?

Do you use reusable canvas bags when you go shopping at the local grocery store? There are precautions you should take when using these canvas bags.

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