The Water Resources Program is committed to protecting the health and welfare of the Tribal Culture, the Community, and the natural environment by preserving, conserving, restoring, and enhancing the Reservation environment through the collection and analysis of high quality natural resource data and facilitating environmentally sound resource management, planning, policy development, and community outreach.
Environmental Compliance & Management
Protection of the environment and human health on the Swinomish Reservation is achieved through management and regulation of uses and activities. Programs include: protection of indoor and outdoor air quality, management and clean-up of solid and hazardous waste, planning for hazardous incident response, control of invasive species, regulation of impacts on shorelines, sensitive areas and other natural resources, environmental ordinance and policy development and environmental review. To learn more »
Swinomish Tribe and Climate Change
The Swinomish have endured many challenges over their long history, including impacts from western migration and settlement, diseases, loss of lands, resource disputes, and economic hardship, but perhaps one of the most enduring challenges yet to be faced is that of climate change.
Scientific evidence of climate change is increasingly abundant and convincing; warmer global temperatures, melting glaciers, reduced mountain snow pack, rising sea levels, declining river flows, and other factors all point to significant long-term changes. To learn more »
Indigenous Health Indicators
How health is defined and evaluated is a priority for many Native American communities because of the levels of environmental health risks we face from land and resources contamination. The aim of the IHI project is to create and test a set of community-based indicators of indigenous health specific to Salish Sea region tribes. To learn more »