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IPA From EPA Region 4 to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians
EPA Region 4 – Atlanta

Geographic location or area of activity:  Alabama (Poarch Band of Creek Indians)
Description of activity:  Region 4 has been providing support to the Poarch Band of Creek Indians through an Interagency Personnel Agreement (IPA) since March 2005.  The goal of the IPA is to provide expertise and training to the Tribe’s Environmental Department, thus enhancing its growth and ability to address environmental issues.  The Poarch Band of Creek Indians’ Environmental Department is now being contacted on a very regular basis by other departments, Tribal leaders and Tribal businesses for advice and assistance on staying in compliance with environmental codes of the Tribe, state laws and federal regulations.  There has been an increased desire by many Tribal entities to rely on environmental expertise being developed in the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Environmental Department.  The Environmental Department has also been very visible because of extremely well received recycling and clean-up events and their work with the Tribal Housing Department and Health Administration on compliance issues related to housing construction and the septic tank program.  Tribal leadership continues to be very supportive of the assignment which has led directly to helping the Environmental Department make major outcome related accomplishments during Fiscal year 2007. 

Accomplishments over the past year include: 


Interagency partners:  Poarch Band of Creek Indians; Alabama Department of Environment Management; DOI-U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services; Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries; Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation

Local partners: Alabama Natural Heritage Program; Conecuh-Sepulga Clean Water Partnership; Escambia County; Escambia & Monroe County School Districts

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