Special Projects at NPT Water Resources

Special Projects at NPT Water Resources

Nitrate Priority Area Groundwater Well/Spring Inventory

Sponsored by:  Environmental Protection Agency via Source Water Protection Grant 

The goal of this project is to provide funding for the project area which will focus on Tribal land within and around Nitrate Priority Areas on or near the boundaries of the 1863 Treaty Reservation. Water Resources Division staff are already inventorying existing water uses and diversion sources on Tribal land. This funding will address potential avenues of groundwater contamination, which may lead to improved drinking water for Tribal members. Specifically, staff propose to inventory springs and shallow groundwater drinking wells on Tribal land, assess their current usage, and test the water for nitrates. Once Water Resources Division understands which wells and springs are contaminated or facilitating the contamination of area groundwater, staff can implement necessary remediation measures, which include properly capping unused wells and installing fences around contaminated springs.

Data courtesy of Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Non-Lead Outreach

Sponsored by: EPA Lead Outreach and Education Program

The goal of this project is to provide educational material to inform the public about the effects of exposure to Lead-based paint and related hazards. This will be accomplished through community and school activities, Tribal environmental and health gatherings/fairs/conferences, the development and production of an informational video and media tools such as posters, brochures, and our website.

Nez Perce Tribe Environmental Justice

Sponsored By: EPA Environmental Justice Program

This project addresses the importance of the Tribe’s water resources and the
impact mud-bogging in wetland areas can affect the quality of our water resources.
A documentary video was produced to highlight the Tribe’s views on mud-bogging and the importance of water resources to the culture and the environment.