2017 Schedule

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Monday, October 30

Tuesday, October 31

Wednesday, November 1

Thursday, November 2

Day 1

Monday

October 30


8:30 - 11:30

Tribal Caucus Meeting

Opening Prayer

8:30 – 8:35

Introductions

8:35 - 8:50

Welcoming Remarks

8:50 – 9:00
Alex Cabillo, Acting RTOC Tribal Co-Chair

National Partnerships and Regional Workgroup Reports

9:20 - 10:00
National Partnership and Regional Workgroup Leads

Break

RTOC Issues Report out

10:15 - 11:00
RTOC Reps

TBD

11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 1:00

Lunch (on your own)


1:00 – 5:15

Full RTOC Meeting

Welcoming Remarks

1:00 - 1:30
Alex Cabillo, Acting RTOC Tribal Co-Chair and Alexis Strauss, Acting Regional Administrator, EPA Region 9

Roll Call

1:30 – 1:45
RTOC Co-Chairs

Review of Summer (August) Action Items/Issues

1:45 – 2:00
Meeting Facilitator, EPA

NTOC Report and Updates

2:00 - 2:15
Alex Cabillo (AZ), Paula Britton (CA), and Clifford Banuelos (NV)

Tribal Caucus Report

2:15 - 2:30
Alex Cabillo, Acting RTOC Tribal Co-Chair

EPA Response to Tribal Caucus Report

2:30 - 3:00

Jeff Scott, Director, Land Division/EPA RTOC Co-Chair

Break

Floating Vegetated Islands: Using TEK for Development of a Water Quality Program

3:15 - 4:00

Wilfred Nabahe (CRIT) & Steven Escobar (Chemehuevi Indian Tribe)

DERA and VW Tribal Funds: Updates and Project Examples

4:00 - 4:45
Trina Martynowicz (Region 9 Air Division, EPA)

Review New Issues/Action Items

4:45 – 5:00
Meeting Facilitator, EPA

Closing Comments & Announce Next RTOC Meeting Location

5:00 - 5:15
RTOC Co-Chairs

Day 2

Tuesday

October 31


7:00 – 5:30

Conference Registration

Located in the Oak Pre-Function Box Office

ALL MORNING ACTIVITIES LOCATED IN THE OAK BALL ROOM

Opening Ceremony

8:00 – 9:00
  • Master of Ceremonies, Jacob Alvarado
  • Chairmen Introduction, San Pasqual & Viejas
  • Color Guard
  • Bird Singers
  • Opening Prayer, Virginia Christman, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

Tribal Leaders Welcoming Remarks

9:00 - 9:10
San Pasqual Chairman Allen E. Lawson

U.S. EPA Welcoming Remarks

9:15 – 9:35

Special Announcements

9:40 - 9:50

Break

Keynote Speaker

10:05 – 10:35
Viejas Chairman Robert Welch Jr.

Keynote Speaker

10:35 – 11:05
Pauma’s Cultural Liaison Chris Devers

Wendell Smith Memorial, Alex Cabillo, Hualapai Tribe

11:05 – 11:45

Lunch on your own

Tribal Leaders Round Table

11:45 – 1:00

1:00 -2:00

Breakout Sessions & Workshops

Water: Funding Assistance for Water and Wastewater Systems

Located in Willow 1

Presenter: Loretta Vanegas, U.S. EPA Region 9

This session will help connect you with experts in identifying and accessing potential sources of funding in a variety of areas to support water and wastewater infrastructure in tribal communities.

Workshop Location

Air: Collaboratively Gathering Scientific Data to Promote Healthier Indoor Environments on Tribal Lands

Located in Willow 2

Presenters: Narinder Dhaliwal, ETR California’s Clean Air, Gary Hayward, Redding Rancheria’s Win River Casino General Manager, Cody Martinez, Chairman – Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians

Respectful collaboration between gaming tribes and public health advocates create smoke-free policies that: 1) promote sustainability of gaming operations; 2) enhance risk management; and 3) protect workers and patrons from secondhand tobacco smoke (SHS) exposure. Interactive panel discusses policy measures that unite public health with tribal nancial sustainability and sovereignty.

Workshop Location

Land: Quality Assurance Q&A’s - 2017 Version

Located in Sycamore 1

Presenter: Eugenia McNaughton, U.S. EPA, Region 9

Please join QA Section staff to spend an hour talking QA: ask us your questions, discuss ours and come away with a stronger sense of how QA helps to keep your program collecting usable data for environmental decision making.

Workshop Location

Land: Introduction to Utilizing GIS to Develop Environmental Programs

Located in Sycamore 2

Presenters: Kate Fenimore, U.S. EPA, Region 9, Damian Wilson, U.S. EPA, Region 9, James Payne, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Brian McCaughey, Hoopa Valley Tribe.

The goal of this session is to provide an introduction to GIS for those that are looking to develop their programs. This session will give participants an introductory overview of the potential applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in environmental programs. Using a range of examples of tribal GIS activities, the session will provide information on the types of equipment necessary to collect and store data to support particular analyses.

Workshop Location

Solid Waste: Waste Characterization Hands-On Workshop

Field Training

Presenter: Deirdre Nurre, U.S. EPA Region 9, Viejas Environmental Programs

Join EPA and Viejas staff in conducting an on-site outdoor waste characterization. Performing a waste characterization will help you draft or update your Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan by revealing your tribe’s signi cant waste patterns. Information gained will help you design a recycling or compost program, monitor waste prevention trends, and successfully apply for GAP funding for solid waste programs. Please dress accordingly. (3 Hour Session)

Community Resiliency: Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation Community Resiliency Vulnerability Assessment

Located in Oak Ballroom A

Presenter: Jason Kesling, Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation

Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation conducted a vulnerability assessment for Burns Paiute Tribe, Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, and Shoshone-Paiute Tribes on 4 different category’s of shared concerns: plant species, animal species, resource issues, and habitats.

Workshop Location

State Session: California Environmental Protection Agency

Located in Oak Ballroom B & C

Presenter: Matt Rodriquez, California Secretary for Environmental Protection

Please join California Environmental Protection Agency’s Secretary Matt Rodriquez to hear more about the priorities of his administration, the work Cal EPA is doing with tribes, and to hear questions and input from tribes on CalEPA’s programs.

Workshop Location

Break

2:15 - 3:15

Breakout Sessions & Workshops

Water: Water Quality Standards and Treatment in a Similar Manner as a State Application

Located in Willow 1

Presenter: Larry Maurin, U.S. EPA Region 9

Under the Clean Water Act, Indian Tribes may establish their own water quality standards (WQS). WQS de ne the water quality goals of a water body by designating the uses and setting criteria necessary to protect the uses for all waters within the jurisdictions. WQS are used to protect the public health and welfare, enhance the quality of water, and attain the goals of the Clean Water Act.

Air: Tribal Involvement in Designations for Air Quality Standards

Located in Willow 2

Presenters: Roberto Gutierrez, U.S. EPA Region 9, Laura Lawrence, U.S. EPA Region 9

In this session, EPA staff will give an overview of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards and the process EPA uses to designate tribal areas attainment or nonattainment for these standards. We’ll discuss the EPA Policy for Establishing Separate Air Quality Designations for Areas of Indian Country, the implications for tribes to being designated jointly as part of a state attainment or nonattainment area, and the ways tribes can interact with EPA during the designations process. The session will include a Q&A period.

Community Resiliency: Building Community Resiliency Programs for a Tribe

Located in Sycamore 1

Presenter: Tej Attili, La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians

The following details will be discussed in the session:1) Basics of developing a community resiliency programs, 2) Necessary components (Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, Adaptation Plan, Mitigation Plan), 3) Funding sources, 4) Collaborations, 5) Ideas for grant proposals, 6) Technical Support from the external agencies

Water: Working with Tribes under California’s Prop 1

Located in Sycamore 2

Presenter: Ronald Sundberg, Rural Community Assistance Corporation

This session is designed to give an overview of how Tribes can work with the State of California under Prop 1 to provide funding for water supply infrastructure projects.

Solid Waste: Waste Characterization Hands-On Workshop Part 2 of 3

Field Training

Presenter: Deirdre Nurre, U.S. EPA Region 9, Viejas Environmental Programs

Land: U.S. EPA Division Director Session: Land

Located in Oak Ballroom A

Presenter: Jeff Scott, U.S. EPA, Region 9, Land Division Director

During this session, Land Division Director Jeff Scott will provide an overview of the division and its functions as they relate to tribal work. The session includes time for a Q&A so participants can ask speci c questions related to the work done by the division.

Land: What is Integrated Pest Management and What Resources are Available to Tribes to Implement this Approach when Dealing with Pest

Located in Oak Ballroom B & C

Presenters: Cheryl Wilen, University of California Statewide IPM Program & UCCE, Peter Earley, U.S. EPA, Region 9

This session will focus on the resources available to tribes for pest management using an integrated approach. Representatives from the Western Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center, the University of California IPM Center, and EPA R9 Pesticides Of ce will provide an overview of the IPM philosophy and share resources available to tribes to manage pests in Agricultural and Urban areas. There will be ample time for Q/A.

Workshop Transition

3:20 - 4:20

Breakout Sessions & Workshops

Superfund: U.S. EPA Division Director Session: Superfund

Located in Willow 1

Presenter: Enrique Manzanilla, U.S. EPA Region 9 Superfund Division Director

During this session, Superfund Division Director Enrique Manzanilla will provide an overview of the division and its functions as they relate to tribal work. The session includes time for a Q&A so participants can ask speci c questions related to the work done by the division.

Air: Motivate Yourself in Air Quality

Located in Willow 2

Presenters: Delbert Altaha, White Mountain Apache, Frank Spurgeon, La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians

Reaching for your greatest potential in Air Quality. we need to be aware of the people who are starting out, sometimes it take a person who became quali ed and gain AQ knowledge from the bottom up. In my experience I needed to overcome the fear of failure in this technical operation. By motivating yourself, we can bring success out of each experience. Have a vision, right friends, and be encouraged. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. you’re not alone

Land: Turning a Tribal Environmental Tragedy into an Opportunity

Located in Sycamore 1

Presenter: Jacquelyn Barnum, Cabazon Band of Mission Indians

The following details will be discussed in the session:1) Basics of developing a community resiliency programs, 2) Necessary components (Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory, Adaptation Plan, Mitigation Plan), 3) Funding sources, 4) Collaborations, 5) Ideas for grant proposals, 6) Technical Support from the external agencies

Water: Big Valley Rancheria Corrosion Control Study

Located in Sycamore 2

Presenter: Leon Schegg, Rural Community Assistance Corporation

An overview of the Big Valley Rancheria tribal drinking water system corrosion control study and results.

Solid Waste: Waste Characterization Hands-On Workshop Part 3 of 3

Field Training

Presenter: Deirdre Nurre, U.S. EPA Region 9, Viejas Environmental Programs

Water: U.S. EPA Division Director Session: Water

Located in Oak Ballroom A

Presenter: Tomás Torres, U.S. EPA Region 9 Water Division Director

During this session, Water Division Director Tomás Torres will provide an overview of the division and its functions as they relate to tribal work. The session includes time for a Q&A so participants can ask speci c questions related to the work done by the division.

Multi Media: GAP Work Plan, Budget and Quarterly Reporting Development

Located in Oak Ballroom B & C

Presenters: Willard Chin, Destinee Cooper, Tim Wilhite, Nico Anderson, U.S. EPA, Region 9

The goal of this workshop is to present ideas on preparing GAP workplans, budgets and quarterly reports ef ciently by covering: components of a workplan, budget and quarterly reports; introduce ideas and suggestions for grantees to successfully develop a GAP workplan and budget; tips on how to manage quarterly reporting; and best practices for tying the workplan to ETEPs.


Day 3

Wednesday

November 1


8:00 – 9:00

State Environmental Agency Director Sessions

EPA HQ’s Grants Updates

Located in Oak Ballroom A

Julie Milazzo, Office of Grants and Debarment, U.S. EPA

This session will focused on the EPA’s upcoming National Indirect Cost Policy, along with other updates on policies, training opportunities, and relevant topics that are currently under development.

Presentation

Arizona

Located in Willow 1 & 2

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
Ian Bingham, Omnbudsman and Tribal Liason for ADEQ

Nevada

Located in Sycamore 1 & 2

Nevada Division of Environmental Protection,
Administrator Greg Lovato


9:10 - 11:40

Breakout Field Trips & Sessions

Water

Cuyamaca College Water Conservation Garden

Solid Waste

Viejas Transfer Station

Community Resiliency

Campo Wind Farm

Multi Media

U. S. Fish and Wildlife: Crestridge Ecological Reserve

Multi Media

Outreach: Mission Trails, Padre Dam

9:05 - 10:05

Breakout Sessions & Workshops

Enforcement: Region Division Sessions

Located in Willow 1

Presenter: Kathleen Johnson, U. S. EPA Region 9 Enforcement Division Director

During this session, Enforcement Division Director Kathleen Johnson will provide an overview of the division and its functions as they relate to tribal work. The session includes time for a Q&A so participants can ask speci c questions related to the work done by the division.

Air: U.S. EPA Division Director Session

Located in Willow 2

Presenter: Meredith Kurpius, U.S. EPA Region 9 Air Division Associate Director

This session will be led by a leading member of the division from EPA. During the session the presenter will provide an overview of the division and its functions as they relate to tribal work. The session includes time for a Q&A so participants can ask speci c questions related to the work done by the division.

Land: Regional Interagency Waste Working Group

Located in Sycamore 1

Presenters: Marta Burg, RTOC Policy Advisor, Rob Roy, La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians

Tribes have been increasingly concerned about how to obtain support for various elements of their waste management programs in light of the provisions of EPA’s Agency Wide Tribal Waste Management Plan and restrictions on the use of funding set forth in the new GAP Guidance. The RTOC Solid Waste Workgroup has convened this interagency working group in an effort to nd ways to address tribal waste-related needs. Representatives from federal agencies and organizations such as EPA, IHS, HUD, BIA, USDA, Rural Water, CalRecycle and others from within R9 will be invited to participate with interested tribal representatives in this second annual meeting of the Regional Interagency Waste Working Group.

Water: Water and Wastewater Operator Resources

Located in Sycamore 2

Presenter: Steve Wilson, University of Illinois

WaterOperator.org is an EPA and RCAP funded national program to provide free information to support water and wastewater operators. The program focuses on the needs of small systems and provides support directly to operators through email and phone requests.

Break

10:10 - 11:10

Breakout Sessions & Workshops

Water: Ground Water Monitoring Tribal Lands

Located in Willow 1

Presenter: Crystal Robinson, Quartz Valley Indian Reservation

Water table elevations have been a primary focus and will continue to be as private landowners surrounding the Reservation ful ll their requirements to the recently passed CA Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. This session will present groundwater monitoring techniques being utilized by the QV Tribe, the ecological information gained, how protection of Tribal resources is being planned and local participation in SGMA.

Air: New Plans at the Salton Sea: Addressing Survival of the Pacific Flyway and Air Quality on Human Health

Located in Willow 2

Presenters: Phil Rosentrater, Salton Sea Authority, Bruce Wilcox, California Natural Resource Agency

“The Salton Sea, California’s largest lake, is home to the largest and most diverse migratory waterfowl population outside the Everglades. This enormous Sea is in transition, growing saltier from irrigated agricultural runoff owing from the Colorado River to the elds and to the Sea. The Sea will also become smaller at the end of this year when the largest Ag to urban water transfer in American history ramps up, with nearly a third of the ows bypassing this terminal sea and owing instead to the coastal areas around San Diego

Land: Deconstructing Mobile Homes on Tribal Land

Located in Sycamore 1

Presenters: Terri McCartney, Hopland Band of Pomo Indians, Sarah Ryan, Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians, Steven Escobar, Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, Deirdre Nurre, U.S. EPA, Region 9

Abandoned mobile homes can be a signi cant disposal challenge but they present opportunities for salvaging and repurposing building materials and for training tribal workers on jobsite skills. Hear stories from Hopland, Big Valley and Chemehuevi on the challenges they addressed and the bene ts gained, including photos and video. The session will give participants strategies for gaining site access and tribal consensus, and allow them to see what some of the main deconstruction tasks look like.

Multi Media: Using GAP Funding for Youth Outreach and Education Programs

Located in Sycamore 2

Presenters: Melissa Bill, Cortina Rancheria Kletsel Dehe Band of Wintun Indians, Emily Luscombe, Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, Meyo Marrufo, Guidiville Indian Rancheria, Kate Fenimore, U.S. EPA, Region 9, Veronica Swann, U.S. EPA, Region 9

This session will present several examples of youth-oriented outreach and education activities developed by tribes using GAP funding, including using youth volunteers for peer-to-peer outreach activities. These examples will focus on best practices for engaging youth as volunteers and participants, lessons learned for developing youth-oriented outreach materials, and ways that tribes can evaluate the success of their outreach initiatives as they develop the capacity of their environmental programs. Session attendees will be learn about innovative and creative ways to get youth in their communities excited about environmental programs, along with tools and techniques to fund, develop, and iterate those initiatives.


12:00 - 2:00

Conner Byestewa, Jr. Environmental Award Ceremony

Located in the Oak Ballroom
  • Bird Singers
  • Welcome, Jacob Alvarado
  • Blessing of the Ceremony, Alan Bacock
  • Keynote Address, Robert Holden NCAI
  • Nominator Remarks, Alfred Lomahquahu Jr., Hopi Tribe Vice Chairman
  • Award Presentation, John Flores/Alan Bacock
  • Award Recipient Remarks, Lionel Puhuyesva

THANK YOU TO FOLLOWING SPONSORS FOR MAKING THE CONNER BYESTEWA JR ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD CEREMONY HAPPEN:

  • San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians
  • Havasupai Tribe
  • Pala Band of Mission Indians
  • Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians
  • Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians
  • Ak-Chin Indian Community
  • San Pasqual Economic Development Agency
  • San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
  • Cahuilla Band of Indians
*Please note that this event is not affliated with the EPA.

2:05 – 3:05

Breakout Sessions & Workshops

Water: Clean Water Act Funding Opportunities

Located in Willow 1

Danielle Angeles, U.S. EPA, Region 9

The purpose of this presentation is to introduce the audience to the CWA grant programs available to Tribes. Case studies highlighting successful projects will be shared as examples of eligible funding activities.

Land: The Enigmatic Salton Sea: Science Unravels Mysteries

Located in Willow 2

Presenter: Douglas Barnum, U.S. Geological Survey This session will describe major scienti c ndings over the past 20 years which have enabled the unraveling of several mysteries and have paved the way for major rehabilitation efforts for this lake in peril.

Community Resiliency: Intentions into Action: How to Encourage Behavioral Change

Located in Sycamore 1

Presenter: Shasta Gaughen, Pala Band of Mission Indians

Participants will come away with a broad understanding of why people are resistant to change, and learn some techniques for how they can approach people in their own communities in ways that will encourage them to turn their good intentions into action.

Multi Media: U.S. EPA Division Director Session: Environmental Division (Grants & Management Office)

Located in Sycamore 2

Presenter: Kerry Drake, EPA Region 9 Acting Assistant Regional Administrator

During this session, Acting Assistant Regional Administrator Kerry Drake will provide an overview of the Grants and Contracts Of ce and its functions as they relate to tribal work. The session includes time for a Q&A so participants can ask speci c questions related to the work done by the division.

Break

3:20 – 4:20

Breakout Sessions & Workshops

Multi Media: Building Tribal Partnership

Located in Willow 1

Presenter: Julio Carrilllo, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash

Tribal partnerships through the philosophy of conservation with the practice of zero waste and waste reduction methods. In this workshop we will give examples how you can implement a successful zero waste event from start to nish and how the partnerships you build can make your goals just a little bit easier to reach.

Multi Media: Overview of the General Assistance Program

Located in Willow 2

Presenters: Pamela Overman, Angela Mendiola, Marisol Anaya, U.S. EPA, Region 9

Information will be provided on the Indian General Assistance Program including a historic background of the program, an overview of how to develop tribal environmental programs using the GAP Guidance and useful information on how to submit a GAP proposal and application for FY19 funding.

Solid Waste: Developing a Zero Waste Vision or Strategy

Located in Sycamore 1

Presenters: Althea Walker, Gila River Indian Community, Lisa Gover, Campo Band of Mission Indians, Shasta Gaughen, Pala Band of Mission Indians, Deirdre Nurre, U.S. EPA, Region 9

Engaging leadership and communities to move from managing waste to a more holistic approach of zero waste is challenging. Participants will gain ideas of how to approach implementing zero waste in their communities and get a rst look at an EPA developed template for zero waste elements that can be incorporated into tribal Integrated Solid Waste Management plans.

Land: Intermediate Workshop on Utilizing GIS to Develop Environmental Programs

Located in Sycamore 2

Presenters: James Payne, U.S. EPA, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, Kate Fenimore, U.S. EPA, Region 9, Damian Willson, U.S. EPA, Region 9, Brian McCaughey, Hoopa Valley Tribe

This session will provide participants with in-depth information on developing and expanding their environmental department’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs and activities. This session is targeted towards environmental staff with some GIS experience who would like to grow their program, identify additional GIS data sources and applications, and get assistance with common GIS pitfalls and troubleshooting issues.

Multi Media: Tools and Techniques for Telling your Story

Located in Oak Ballroom A

Presenter: U.S. EPA, Office of Public Affairs

This session will equip tribes the skills for utilizing social media and new technologies to share their stories. Learn new techniques for developing videos, posting them online and other means of reaching out to your community.

Air: Wildfire Smoke Tools for Tribes

Located in Oak Ballroom B & C

Presenter: Lauren Maghran, U.S. EPA, Region 9

This session will focus on tools that tribes can use during wild re season to monitor, model, and message smoke impacts. We will focus on weather and US Forest Service tools including real time PM2.5 monitoring and BlueSky, as well as ways to communicate with tribal community members and the public during wild re smoke events. Information about health concerns and how these can be addressed will also be provided.


8:00 - 12:00

Sponsored Networking Event

PLEASE JOIN US IN THE OAK BALLROOM FOR A SPONSORED NETWORKING EVENT

8:00PM TO 12:00AM

Thank-you to our generous sponsors:
Yavapai-Apache Nation for making this event happen!

*Please note that this event is not affiliated with the EPA

Day 4

Thursday

November 2


8:00 – 9:00

Breakout Sessions & Workshops

Superfund: Navajo Abandoned Uranium Mines and Culture Sensitivity

Located in Willow 1

Presenters: Michele Dineyazhe, Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency, Freyja Knapp, U.S. EPA, Region 9

Multi Media: Developing an EPA-Tribal Environmental Plan (ETEP): Your Roadmap to Develop Environmental Programs

Located in Willow 2

Presenters: Gilbert Pasqua, Alheli Baños-Keener, and Michelle Baker U.S. EPA, Region 9

This session will cover the ETEP development process by reviewing the four components of an ETEP which are: (1) the Tribal Environmental Plan (TEP); (2) regulated facilities inventory list (RFIL); (3) summary of EPA roles and responsibilities/area of involvement list (AIL), and; (4) the ETEP cover memo. During this session we will also review examples of completed ETEPs and answer questions participants have about the ETEP process and requirements.

Water: NAEPC Ambient Water Quality Monitoring System (AWQMS) Workshop

Located in Sycamore 1

Presenter: Jill Sherman, Native American Environmental Protection Coalition

Data consolidation is key for proper QA/QC, data analysis, and subsequent submissions to WQX. These are all features of the Ambient Water Quality Monitoring System (AWQMS)! During this interactive workshop, attendees will follow along with the AWQMS team as they give a detailed overview of the system. All are welcome to join and see if AWQMS is right for their organization. All attendees will be given a free demo account.

Solid Waste: CalEPA/CalRecycle Funding Opportunities

Located in Sycamore 2

Presenter: Tracey Harper, CalRecycle

Come listen in and learn about all the grant funding available for Tribes in California! We will highlight grants Tribes can apply for to remove garbage illegally disposed of on Tribal lands, to create recycling infrastructure especially for composting, food waste rescue programs, and other possibilities. We will highlight our experiences in working with Tribes to remove illegally disposed debris.

Superfund: U.S. EPA Brown elds Funding Opportunities and Technical Assistance

Located in Oak Ballroom A

Presenters: Jose Garcia, U.S. EPA, Region 9, Mike Henry, Tohono O’odham Nation Environmental Protection Office

Multi Media: Cooperative Federalism

Located in Oak Ballroom B & C

Presenters: Kelcey Stricker, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, Michele Hannah, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians

Cooperative federalism is the new buzzword for federal environmental programs. Find out what cooperative federalism is, how the EPA is implementing it, and how it interacts with the 1984 Indian Policy, GAP, and the federal trust responsibility.


9:15 – 10:15

Breakout Sessions & Workshops

Multi Media: Grant Writing Basics

Located in Willow 1 & 2

Presenter: Jennifer Hazard, Rural Community Assistance Corporation

Basic session on how to write a good grant proposal.

Solid Waste: Wastewater: Activated Sludge Process Control Methods

Located in Sycamore 1

Presenter: Pablo Figueroa, Rural Community Assistance Corporation

Attendees will be exposed to the current activated sludge process control methods for operating wastewater plants. These methods include calculations of MCRT, F:M and adequate wasting rates.

Multi Media: Developing a Budget for an EPA Grant

Located in Sycamore 2

Presenters: Angela Mendiola, U.S. EPA Region 9, Kelcey Stricker, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians

This session will provide helpful information on budget development for EPA grant programs. The presenters will share basic principles on how costs are reviewed and determined as acceptable. They will also share tips and reminders to minimize the need for revisions and/or corrections after proposals or applications are submitted to EPA. Learn tools to take the guess work out of budgeting.

Water: CWA 106 Reporting Requirements

Located in Oak Ballroom A

Presenter: Danielle Angeles, U.S. EPA, Region 9

The Clean Water Act Section 106 reporting requirements will be discussed including the submission of data in STORET compatible format and the Annual Water Quality Assessment Reports. Participants will become familiar with STORET/WQX tools and bene t of documenting environmental results Participants will also become familiar with the EPA Region 9 Water Quality Assessment Template for tribes to document water quality programs in Indian Country.

Water: Lead and Copper Rule Implementation

Located in Oak Ballroom B & C

Presenter: Randall Vessels, Rural Community Assistance Corporation

Discussion to include basics of sampling, recommended sample points and bottles, reading the labs and public noti cation and certi cation.

Workshop Transition

10:20 - 11:20

Breakout Sessions & Workshops

Multi Media: Writing and Applying for Grants

Located in Willow 1 & 2

Presenter: Lisa Garcia, San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians

Lisa Garcia will cover: Making your grants more competitive; What funders are looking for; using consultants wisely; Planning for effective grant seeking.

Land: Bark Beetle Activity and Tree Mortality

Located in Sycamore 1

Presenter: Andrea Hefty, U.S. Forest Service

Presentation will discuss bark beetles in the western United States and how they in uence tree mortality events. We will discuss recent large tree mortality events from bark beetle outbreaks.

Solid Waste: Opportunities for Funding Materials Management

Located in Sycamore 2

Presenter: Tracey Harper, Cal Recycle

CalEPA/CalRecycle as the moderator will present information on funding opportunities for handling mattresses, paint, propane cylinders and other materials. The Mattress Recycling Council, Paint Care, and the CA Stewardship Council will highlight programs Tribes can use to handle materials and their recent experiences in working with Tribes. Solicitation for hosting a regional Tribal collection event will be included!

Water: Integrating your Water Monitoring Program Results into Regional Basin Plans in California

Located in Oak Ballroom A

Presenters: Sarah Ryan, Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians, Karola Kennedy, Elem Indian Colony, Paula Britton, Cahto Tribe, Sherri Norris, California Indian Environmental Alliance

Now that Tribal Bene cial Uses have been adopted at the State level, Tribes in California can now ensure lakes, rivers and streams they use can have water quality protected to a higher quality for Tribal traditional uses and subsistence sh consumption. Learn which Region you are in, what Bene cial Uses are currently protected, and the next steps: participating in the Regional Triennial Review so that you can make sure Tribal water quality needs are prioritized.

Land: Bed Bug Biology Control and IPM Methods

Located in Oak Ballroom B & C

Presenters: Nina Hapner, Kashia Band of Pomo Indians, Africa Dorame- Avalos, Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.

This session will be a presentation on the identification, control and integrated pest management methods for bed bugs in various settings (home, schools, and business).


11:20 – 12:50

Lunch (on your own)


12:55 - 1:55

Breakout Sessions & Workshops

Multi Media: Writing and Applying for Grants 3

Located in Willow 1 & 2

Presenter: Lisa Garcia, San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians

Lisa Garcia will cover: best practices for managing your awards so they are continued into the future

Water: Public Health & Tribal Sovereignty through Sustainable Water Utilities

Located in Sycamore 1

Presenter: Brian Bennon, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.

This presentation will explore the relationships between: public health, Tribal sovereignty and self-determination, and sustainable Tribal water utilities. The presentation will additionally touch upon Tribal operator certi cation and improved sustainability of Tribal water utilities through the Tribal Utility Tune-Up Initiative. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) offers tribally-led training, technical assistance, and operator certi cation services. The ITCA National Tribal Water & Wastewater Operator Certi cation Program was developed to meet the speci c needs of tribal operators working on Tribal lands and to provide a jurisdictionally- correct alternative to state certi cation programs.

Land: Forest Service Funding and Bark Beetle Related Tree Mortality

Located in Sycamore 2

Presenter: Stacy Hishinuma, U.S. Forest Service We will discuss relatively recent insect invasions in California that may potentially affect tribal lands. We will mainly focus on the goldspotted oak borer and the invasive shot hole borers.

Water: Supporting Private Well Owners on Tribal Lands

Located in Oak Ballroom A

Presenter: Steve Wilson, University of Illinois In this presentation, we will discuss private well issues, the need for sampling regularly and following best practices, and how you can nd resources and help as a well owner to become a better steward of your well. The presentation will include efforts to assist tribal health professionals and what resources are available to them to support the well owners in their jurisdictions.

Multi Media: Pilot Project - GAP Training from a Tribal Perspective

Located in Oak Ballroom B & C

Presenter: Clifford Banuelos, Elko Band Council of Te-Moak Tribe of W. Shoshone

Mr. Banuelos will discuss a recent pilot project General Assistance Program (GAP) training that took place in Elko, NV, for newer GAP Managers. The training was designed from a tribal perspective working with the EPA Region 9 Tribal Of ce and was conducted by Mr. Banuelos. The session will focus on lessons learned from the training and how this type of training could be improved and put into practice working with EPA.


2:00 - 3:00

Breakout Sessions & Workshops

Solid Waste: Solid Waste and GAP Funding

Located in Willow 1

Presenters: Deirdre Nurre, U.S. EPA, Region 9, Nicholas Anderson, U.S. EPA, Region 9

The RTOC Solid Waste Workgroup meets actively to address help tribes develop and improve their solid waste programs. This session will cover topics of interest to the workgroup including instructions on how to complete application forms to clean up open dumps and how to write successful GAP proposals for solid waste program funding.

Water: A Flint Study Case

Located in Willow 2

Presenter: Angela Hengel, Rural Community Assistance Corporation

This session chronicles the events leading up to the Flint water crisis and its aftermath with special emphasis given to the political and economic climate of the region, operational missteps, and regulatory failures.

Air: Supplemental Environmental Projects

Located in Sycamore 1

Presenter: Ann Stacy, Air Resources Board

Multi Media: Continuing Progress Through Transition

Located in Sycamore 2

Presenter: John Parada, Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians

Power point presentation will be provided for Tribal grant Program managers, directors and coordinators on how to keep moving forward through periods of transition or staff turnover. Presentation will provide information on various program management activities to conduct when affected by program cuts, budget cuts, staff turnover, Tribal Administration Transition, and U.S Government Transition.

Air: Update on Gila River Air Quality Program

Located in Oak Ballroom A

Presenter: Ryan Eberle, Gila River Indian Community

This presentation will provide an overview of the status of several key initiatives that the Air Quality Program for the Gila River Indian Community has undertaken over the past year. These key initiatives include two DERA grants and an Exchange Network grant, in addition two developments in the Program’s permitting and compliance and enforcement activities.

Water: Maintaining Water Quality in the Distribution System

Located in Oak Ballroom B & C

Presenter: James McVeigh, Rural Community Assistance Corporation

This session focuses on operations and maintenance practices to help maintain water quality throughout the distribution system to the last customer tap.

Break

3:15 – 4:15

Conference Closing Ceremony

Located in the Oak Ball Room
  • Evaluation/Raffle, Jacob Alvarado
  • Closing Address, U.S. EPA
  • Closing Remarks, Ann Marie Chischilly, ITEP
  • Closing Prayer, Stan Rodriguez
  • Color Guard
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