Environmental Program

Environmental Program Manager: CaSandera Johnson


Bristol Bay Native Association’s Environmental Program has operated an EPA Indian General Assistance Program (IGAP) grant since 1995. The EPA describes IGAP funding as a means for tribes and tribal consortia to build, develop, and establish environmental programs and develop and implement solid and hazardous waste programs on tribal lands. Over the 27 years, IGAP funding has allowed BBNA to assist tribes in environmental planning efforts, establish watershed approaches to address environmental concerns, work individually with tribal environmental staff on program development and implementation, grant management requirements, host regional and sub-regional training workshops over the years and much more.

Two people in rubber gloves and waders standing in a river.  They are taking a sample of the water to check water quality.

Checking Water Quality

Environmental Program Publication

Some publications created under the direction of BBNA’s Environmental Program Include:

Environmental Program Additional Projects/Work

Over the years the Environmental Program has worked in partnering with other organizations and brining in other grants to address the tribes/regions environmental concerns. Here are some of the work that has come out of the program.

  • Anadromous Streams: In the past, BBNA has obtained funding from State Of Alaska Coastal Impact Assistance Program and provided support to various partners like, Nature Conservancy to conduct projects documenting anadromous streams for the Anadromous Waters Catalog. Anadromous streams are streams that have fish that are born in fresh water, swim out to the ocean, and swim back to spawn (mostly salmon). These projects are important because there needs to be documentation of anadromous fish in streams to provide legal protection. Here’s the link to Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust that describes fish studies done: http://bristolbaylandtrust.org/water-protection/
  • Instream Flow: BBNA has received in the past funding and has supported partners obtaining funding to complete instream flow protection projects. BBNA has partnered with The Nature Conservancy, Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust, United States Geological Survey, Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat Partnership, Curyung Tribal Council and many more to document hydrological data necessary to protect instream flows in the Nushagak-Mulchatna watershed. For more information about instream flow reservations clink this link to Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust: http://bristolbaylandtrust.org/water-protection/
  • Water Quality Monitoring: Back from 2007 BBNA has developed water quality monitoring efforts for tribal IGAP programs interested in collecting baseline water quality data. This program started as a result of the proposed Pebble Mine as tribes were concerned about potential contamination of our shared waters. Here’s a link to a presentation about the water quality monitoring in Bristol Bay. [click here for the BBNA Water Quality Presentation]
  • Nushagak Mulchatna Watershed Council conducted soil survey with The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS) with the support from BBNA. The soil survey mapped Koliganek, New Stuyahok, Ekwok, Portage Creek, Dillingham, Aleknagik, Clarks Point and Ekuk, as well as less detailed information for lands extending west through the Kaktovik Wildlife Refuge. [Click here 1 pager & Click here for fact sheet]
  • Climate Change Reports: BBNA collaborated with Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) and Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation (BBAHC) to develop climate change assessment reports for several communities like Port Heiden, Pilot Point, Nondalton, and Levelock. To find these reports click this link: https://www.anthc.org/what-we-do/community-environment-and-health/center-for-climate-and-health/climate-health-3/
  • Erosion Monitoring: In 2015, BBNA collaborated State of Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (SOA DGGS) Costal Hazards Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks Arctic Coastal Geoscience Lab (UAF ACGL), and Alaska Sea Grant with funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Alaska Sea Grant to setup a pilot project for community based erosion monitoring formally known as Stake for Stakeholders. Here are some articles and reports resulting from this project:

From the Stake for Stakeholders pilot project, BBNA secured funding from BIA Tribal Climate Resilience funding to partner with UAF ACGL and SOA DGGS Coastal Hazard Mitigation Program to further provide coastal hazards data and products that would give tribal communities (Curyung Tribal Council, Levelock Village Council, Pilot Point Tribal Council, Ekuk Village Council, and Native Village of Port Heiden) the ability to make informed decisions on how to address erosions. The final report for this project click here.

Useful IGAP Websites

Helpful IGAP websites that have useful materials listed below:

Contact information

If you have a question about the Environmental Program or need assistance with your IGAP grant contact CaSandera Johnson at 907-842-5257 ext. 6248 or toll free at 1-800-478-5757 ext. 6248.

Questions about the Environmental Program?

Contact CaSandera Johnson

Environmental Program Manager


(907)842-5257 ext 6248 // Toll-free 1-800-478-5757 ext 6248

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