Air Quality Program
The Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska Environmental Department has maintained an air quality program since 2001. Since then, the Air Quality Section has been actively working toward acquiring a strong baseline of ambient air quality data by conducting meteorological, IMPROVE-protocol (haze), ozone, ammonia and particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10) monitoring. From August through December 2002, the Sac and Fox Nation hosted a research-level “super site” monitoring station for U.S. EPA and Washington University (St. Louis, MO) which provided comprehensive background data for on-going air pollution research in the metropolitan St. Louis area.
In January 2008, the Environmental Department began operation of a mercury wet-deposition sampler for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. This is one of six sites which make up the Kansas Mercury Deposition Network, which is incorporated into the national Mercury Deposition Network.
In 2011, the Department initiated continuous monitoring for fine particulate matter (PM2.5). This is a pollutant of concern to the nation because the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri is surrounded by a number of coal-fired electricity generating units, which are known sources of fine particle air pollution.
The Environmental Department initiated passive ammonia sampling in 2012. Discussion regarding development of an ammonia monitoring network is currently in progress with U.S. EPA and the Native Sovereign Nations in the lower Missouri River Valley.
Each year, the Air Quality program conducts community outreach activities and special presentations to increase public awareness of issues related to air quality. Special emphasis is given to ambient air quality and indoor air quality.
Carol Kriebs, Air Quality Coordinator serves as the EPA Region 7 delegate to the National Tribal Air Association and the delegate to the National Tribal Science Council. Carol is active both groups, where she attends conference calls and meetings focused on Tribal Environmental policies affecting the ability of Tribes to manage and protect their air, land and water resources.
For more information about the Air Quality program, please feel free to contact:
Carol Kriebs, Air Quality Coordinator
Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska Environmental Department