Environmental Quality Department
The Miami Nation Environmental Department employs Environmental Services Manager Aubrey Lankford, Program Director Heather Webb, Water Quality Specialist Jennifer Shallenburger, Environmental Technician Ramie Bruner and Recycling Technician Rick Hancock.
Services we offer for Miami Tribal Members:
- Lead-Based Paint Inspections for Missouri and Oklahoma residents only, free of charge within a 100 mile radius.
- Mold Inspections – Within a 100 mile radius, all fees waived except for lab costs.
- Water Sample Collection – Within a 100 mile radius, all fees waived except for lab costs.
Indian Environmental General Assistance Program (GAP)
In 1992, Congress passed the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program Act (42 U.S.C. 4368b) which authorizes EPA to provide General Assistance Program (GAP) grants to federally-recognized tribes and tribal consortia for planning, developing, and establishing environmental protection programs in Indian country, as well as for developing and implementing solid and hazardous waste programs on tribal lands.
The goal of this program is to assist tribes in developing the capacity to manage their own environmental protection programs, and to develop and implement solid and hazardous waste programs in accordance with individual tribal needs and applicable federal laws and regulations.
Through our GAP grant we maintain an Environmental Outreach Program, prioritizing on recycling and road-side cleanup. We oversee two recycling trailers, both located at a tribal property parking lot, south of Ace Hardware, on Main Street in Miami. A variety of recyclables can be placed inside these trailers. We partner with Red Cedar Recycling in Miami for hauling and sorting of recyclables.
Items that can be recycled in our trailers:
- #1 & #2 Plastics ONLY, Newspaper, Office Paper, Magazines, Aluminum Cans, Tin Cans and Cardboard.
Items we do not recycle:
- Any other plastics (#3-#6), Styrofoam, Medical Waste, Clothing, Large Appliances and E-Waste.
Water 106 Program
Through our Water 106 grant funded by EPA, department staff monitor 5 ambient water sites on a monthly basis. They are Neosho River at Riverview Park, Neosho River at the confluence of 4-mile Creek, Neosho River at the confluence of Elm Creek, 4 Mile Creek at E40 Rd Bridge and Elm Creek at our old cultural grounds. All data is collected and uploaded to EPA. We test for EPA’s 9 basic parameters, monthly metals for water and quarterly metals for soils at all sites.