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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

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Solid Waste Projects in Indian Country

Current and Past Region 9 Solid Waste Projects in Indian Country have included:

Resource Conservation Fund Grant Program

Funded in 2008

La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians
Create a household recycling program which will reduce the amount of waste generated, and create a household hazard waste drop-off location which will reduce the potential for improper disposal of the waste.

Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley
Create a Pilot Brush Chipping Program to clean up overgrown and deposited brush around the Reservation and explore the possibility of developing a Household Hazardous Waste Repository at their recycling station.

Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
Address open dump sites and properties accumulating solid waste. The tribe will identify, inventory, conduct assessments, and develop plans to clean-up these properties. In addition the Tribe will develop post clean up plans and programs for enforcement, education, and outreach to promote proper solid waste management and prevent future dumping.

Robinson Rancheria
Conduct a feasibility study, and demonstration project, on the production of biomass fuel from renewable resources. The study will involve a detailed cost-analysis of production equipment, locations of biomass resources, and marketing development and cost-analysis with neighboring tribes as potential clients.

Funded in 2007

Navajo Nation
The Navajo Nation plans to reduce the Nation's generated solid waste stream by 25% by the end of 2007 through public education on proper solid waste management and recycling practices. The Tribe will utilize radio, electronic, and print media.

Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe
The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe will develop a comprehensive solid waste management plan.

Pit River Tribe
The Pit River Tribe will start a tribal youth group aimed at presenting information on the benefits solid waste reuse, reduction and recycling to local schools, clubs and to the native community.

Environmental Finance Center, Region XI at Dominican University (EFC9)
EFC9 will conduct a feasibility study of siting greener businesses, such as composting facilities and anaerobic digesters, on the reclaimed illegal dumpsites on the Torrez-Martinez Reservation.

Robinson Rancheria
Robinson Rancheria will train Tribal youth to develop and implement a solid waste management program, including an expanded recycling program and the development of a composting program. In addition, the Tribe will provide trainings and workshops to neighboring tribes.

Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation
The Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation will develop a Solid Waste Management Plan and a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Tooele County Utah, Sanitation Department for the creation of a joint waste collection and disposal program.

Funded in 2006

Susanville Rancheria
Susanville Rancheria will create a food waste collection program to collect food waste from their casino. The food waste will be used to create a vermiculture program and the compost will be marketed and sold to support the program.

Washoe Tribe
The Washoe Tribe will expand the Washoe recycling program to incorporate composting of the green and organic portions of the waste stream.

San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians
The San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians will conduct a recycling analysis, waste feasibility study, update their Solid Waste Management Plan, and pass enforcement ordinances to be approved by the Tribal Council.

Timbisha Shoshone Tribe
The Timbisha Shoshone Tribe will develop Phase I of the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe's solid waste management program through the development of a recycling and waste reduction program. The project will increase the amount of material that is disposed of in an environmentally safe manner, will decrease illegal dumping, and will increase compliance with federal regulations. The project will also provide outreach and training to the community and other local agencies/communities.

Funded in 2005

Fallon Tribe
The Fallon Tribe will characterize and develop a closure plan for one dumpsite, as well as develop a plan for a household hazardous waste collection, source reduction, and backyard burning prevention programs.

Hoopa Valley Tribe
The Hoopa Tribe will initiate a California Refund Value (CRV) recycling center in Hoopa Valley; educate local community and tribal government officials about recycling, and research markets for locally generated plastics and paper.

Reno Sparks Indian Colony
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony will develop a feasibility study for a green waste recycling program, conduct a survey of open dump sites on the colony to determine the character and location of each site, and develop a used oil recycling program as an alternative to illegal dumping.

United Indian Health Services, Inc.
United Indian Health Services will implement a waste reduction program at Potowat Health Village, five satellite health clinics, and affiliated tribes. They will also provide education and outreach to clinic clients, community members, traditional dancers, and school children on waste reduction and zero waste events.

Tribal Solid Waste Management Assistance Project

Funded in 2007

Bishop Paiute Tribe
The Bishop Pauite Tribe will develop an integrated solid waste management plan for the community which will include a community-wide waste characterization study. Extensive public outreach and involvement is planned as part of the development process.

Hoopa Valley Tribe
The Hoopa Valley Tribe will close four dumpsites.

Hopland Band of Pomo Indians
The Hopland Tribe will close five dumpsites.

Tohono O'Odham Nation
The Tohono O’odham Nation will close 16 community dumpsites on the Nation.

Funded in 2006

Pinoleville Band
Pinoleville will conduct a feasibility study for transfer station components, create a transfer station, and develop outreach materials to educate the community on its use. Additionally, they will develop a MOU with local law enforcement and pilot a monitoring and surveillance program for illegal dumpers.

Hopland Tribe
The Hopland Tribe will improve waste management and assist in the continued development of a sustainable program in the community. Specific tasks include increasing the current recycling program capacity, developing a backyard burn barrel program, developing a community garden and composting project, and developing an environmentally-preferable purchasing program/policy for all tribal offices.

Pascua Yaqui
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe will develop an integrated solid waste management plan for the community which will include a community-wide waste characterization study. Extensive public outreach and involvement is planned as part of the development process.

Funded in 2005

San Carlos Apache
The San Carlos Apache Tribe will close 10 dumpsites.

Shingle Springs Rancheria
The Shingle Springs Rancheria will characterize two open dumpsites and other scattered community dumpsites.

Gila River Indian Community
The Gila River Indian Community will close five dumpsites.

Navajo Nation
The Navajo Nation will close four dumpsites in the Cameron Chapter.

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation will improve integrated waste management through the planning and design of a waste transfer station to provide an alternative to illegal dumping. Facility will be designed to include areas for the collection of recyclable materials and household hazardous waste.

Sherwood Valley Tribe
The Sherwood Valley Tribe will characterize and assess open dumps and train tribal staff in dump characterization methods.

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