Department of Environmental Protection
Mission Statement: The Swinomish Department of Environmental Protection protects the health and welfare of the Tribe, the Community, and the natural environment by managing, preserving, conserving, restoring, and enhancing the Reservation environment and Tribal resources through scientific research, analysis, policy development, regulation, and community outreach to support and protect Swinomish cultural values and practices.
The Swinomish Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was established in the end of 2013. The DEP is comprised of the environmental functions split off from the Planning Department including the Water Resources Program and the Environmental Compliance & Management Team that developed and matured in Planning. The new DEP will continue our close collaboration with and be located in the Planning Office building with the Planning Department and new Land Management Department.
The Department of Environmental Protection functions include three major categories and associated projects:
- Environmental research and monitoring: (Water Resources Program)
- water quality monitoring of fresh, marine, wetland, and groundwaters (including Tribal Journey WQ project);
- beach, nearshore, and shellfish monitoring;
- salmon habitat monitoring and restoration;
- Public outreach, recreation & environmental education;
- Swinomish Marine Interpretive Center;
- Kukutali Preserve Tribal State Park co-managment; and,
- Swadabs Canoe Landing Park;
- environmental human health research (including Indigenous Health Indicators).
- Environmental policy and ordinance development:
- Development of water and environmental protection ordinances;
- Updates of ordinances to address climate change; and,
- Interdisciplinary climate change research and adaption planning (Swinomish Tribe and Climate Change).
- Environmental management, permitting, compliance, regulatory coordination (Environmental Compliance);
Funding for environmental research, monitoring, policy, and management projects over the years has come from a variety of sources including U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Administration for Native Americans, U.S. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service, Salmon Recovery Funding Board, Swinomish Tribe, and environmental permitting fees.
Staff & Titles:
- Mitchell, Todd: Environmental Director
- Adams-Lett, Lexie: Research Technician
- Andrews, Scott: Environmental Compliance Manager
- Basabe, Tony: Air Quality Analyst
- Boe, Jon: Environmental Specialist
- Donatuto, Jamie: Environmental Health Analyst
- Gobert, Tanisha: Kukutali Preserve Caretaker
- Grossman, Sarah: Environmental Specialist
- Heidt, Michal: Environmental Health Technician
- Ikebe, Lynette: Air Quality Technician
- Quintasket, Joe: Noxious Weeds/Water Resources Technician
- Thompson, Jason: Water Resources Technician
Please check back for updates to our website as we revise our new Department's Strategic Plan and website pages.