Land and Environment

Our Land and Environment Goal is

“To protect and manage traditional lands and environment for the benefit of Eklutna people and our way of life; under Tribal Council guidance”

Management includes to understand, protect, restore, secure and enhance traditional lands, environment and uses while maintaining cultural integrity.  The Tribal Council reserves its governing power and subject matter jurisdiction regarding official positions taken by the Tribe as part of its duty to act in the best interests of Native Village of Eklutna and the Tribal Membership.

PROJECTS

Eklutna Tribal Land Trust
This tribal land trust was formed to implement NVE’s environmental mission using tools like conservation easements and mitigation land banking.

Eklutna River Assessments, Planning, and Restoration
Eklutna River salmon populations are depressed by low river flows due to diversion for power generation, an abandoned dam, and associated impacts.

NVE coordinates The Eklutna River Watershed Council, which brings together partner stakeholders to benefit the watershed. (funding from EPA and BIA)

NVE conducted five years of Eklutna River flow monitoring and adult salmon counts. (BIA and USFWS support)

Eklutna River salmon habitat assessments and restoration recommendations development (with USACE partner)

NVE removed a large illegal dump from the river canyon, including 50 junk vehicles (funded by EPA)

Eklutna Army Site Remediation
DoD used the Eklutna Army Site, in the woodlands behind Eklutna Village for housing, supply, vehicles maintenance, and storage from 1961 to 1971

NVE has assessed and removed impacts since 2005 with NALEMP funding. (Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program)

Removed 90,000 pounds of Army Sited debris and 800,000 pounds of building rubble, and leveled a 1,000 ft. by up to 50 ft. high berm.

Removed and disposed of 117 buried drums containing lead base paint, solvents, etc., and 90 yards of contaminated soil from this drum dump.

Consultation on Environmental Impact Projects
NVE seeks to minimize impacts to environmental and cultural resources by consulting with responsible federal agencies (with EPA support).

Some consultation projects include: Cook Inlet petroleum industry projects, Knik Arm Crossing, Port of Anchorage Expansion, and Eagle River Flats extended shelling.

Environmental Education
The LE Department conducts frequent environmental education activities with the community youth group, The Eklutna Eagles. (supported by EPA and AmeriCorps)

Activities include subsistence fish camp, with the NVE educational fish net. Kids learn recycling with the NVE recycling trailer, which accepts village recyclables.

Roads
The NVE Roads Department amended its  Long Range Transportation Plan.  With BIA funding we contracted a dedicated manager to develop an active program of roads construction and maintenance projects, with a tribal citizenry work force.

Contact
NVE Land and Environment Department
Phone: (907) 688-6020
Fax: (907) 688-6021
Marc Lamoreaux:  nve.ledirector@eklutna-nsn.gov