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Wichita Department of Environmental Programs

 

The Mission of the WDEP is to develop and implement a tribal environmental program that will encourage productive and enjoyable harmony between human beings and their environment; to promote efforts which will prevent or eliminate damage to natural resources and the environment and to enrich the understanding of the ecological systems and natural resources important to the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes.

Initiated in 1995, the Wichita Department of Environmental Programs (WDEP) began its operations in response to identified environmental problems. These problems included illegal dumpsites and water pollution. With assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the WDEP has expanded its environmental services with the addition of the following programs: EPA General Assistance Program (GAP), and the EPA Clean Water Act Section 106 Program.

General Assistance Program

EPA provides funding for the General Assistance Program (GAP). Staff initiates activities in order to provide Wichita and Affiliated Tribes' members with information regarding the GAP's objective to identify Wichita tribal properties containing illegal dumpsites. All identified sites will be mapped using the GIS software and GPS equipment. WDEP will work with landowners to gain access to the tribal properties for the mapping procedure. WDEP will then report all identified open dumps to Indian Health Service for inclusion on the OM SDS Database for possible future cleanup. An application asks for the types of items on the property, the checklist consist of Household Trash, Paint Cans, Containers of Chemicals, Lumber, Chemical Spills, Tires, Metal/Wire, and Appliances.

WDEP is currently trying to locate additional illegal dumpsites for possible future clean-up. These dumpsites must be located on tribal allotted trust property to be eligible for most funding. WDEP welcomes reports on any illegal dumpsites, as well as any other possible environmental concerns to this office whether they are on or near tribal lands.

Water Quality Program

EPA provides funding for the Water Quality program under the Clean Water Act Section 106. The primary goal of the Water Program is to develop and implement a Tribal water quality-monitoring program that will evaluate, restore, and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrities of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes water ways. WDEP is currently testing 5 sites located on the Washita River, Five Mile Creek, and Sugar Creek. Laboratory Analysis Parameters that will be collected and analyzed as defined in the WDEP's approved Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) as well as the Quality Management Plan (QMP).  Parameters will include Sample ID, Sample site #, Date, Time, Air Temp. Cº, Cloud Cosnditions, Rainfall, Water Temp. Cº, Conductivity, Dissolved Oxygen, Depth, pH, Turbidity, E.coli, Enterococci, Ammonia-N, Nitrate-N, Orthophosphate as P, and Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen. 

Jason Prince

WDEP Director

405-247-2425 ext. 141

jason.prince@wichitatribe.com

 

Corey Reeder

Water Technician

405-247-2425 ext. 135

corey.reeder@wichitatribe.com

 

Marissa Creepingbear

GAP Technician

405-247-2425

marissa.creepingbear@wichitatribe.com