Environmental Protection

Subsistence Consumption

Seldovia Village Tribe’s Environmental Office opened in 2001 under a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Indian General Assistance Program (IGAP). It is the voice for Seldovia residents regarding the environmental issues that affect our community and the Kachemak Bay area. Our Environmental Office strives to keep our air, waters, land, and resources safe for many generations to come. We all deserve a healthy environment with clean water to drink and clean air to breathe. We deserve clean, healthy food, whether they are from the smallest sea creature we eat to the largest land mammals we harvest. Our great-grandparents had this and our great-grandchildren deserve the same.

Assessment of Cook Inlet Subsistence Consumption Reveals Dramatically Higher Rates Than Used By Government Agencies

A one-year study conducted by Seldovia Village Tribe’s Environmental Department concludes that area Alaska Native consume traditional foods from Cook Inlet at a much higher rate than estimated by government agencies.

Read the summary here.

Read the full report here.

Node/Spatial Viewer

What is the Seldovia Village Tribe’s Node/Spatial Viewer?

The Seldovia Village Tribe’s Node/Spatial Viewer provides the public with geospatial and environmental data collected by the Tribe and other organizations. Our Node is a server on the National Environmental Information Exchange Network that serves as the exchange point for all data submissions to the EPA. The SVT Spatial Viewer is a rich Web-based application that makes physical, chemical, biological, and habitat data from Kachemak Bay fresh and marine waters available to visitors to the SVT Node/Spatial Viewer website. It provides querying mechanisms that display query results in tables as well as graphs and allows users to sort, filter, and export data. In addition, the Spatial Viewer includes additional GIS map layers with the following geospatial data: monitoring sites, drift card release and retrieval points, local “catcher” beaches, hazardous waste sites, and subsistence use areas.

Click the image below for more information.

Want to learn more about the Exchange Network? Here are some tribally focused links to get you started!

Tribal Governance Group
Tribes and the Exchange Network
Northern Arizona University and Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) Tribal Support for the Exchange Network

Other Recent Environmental Projects

  • Capture sick or stranded wildlife and send them to ADF&G, USFWS, or the Seward Sea Life Center for rehabilitation.
  • Develop educational programs for students of Susan B. English school to educate children about their local environment during Sea Day and Earth Day.
  • Host an annual Culture Camp to teach environmental stewardship and cultural practices to all who attend.
  • Continue working with the Environmental Protection Agency on our Network Node/Spatial Viewer to act as a repository for Water Quality Data as well as local Air Quality Data.
  • Work with the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve to continue European Green Crab monitoring, Harmful Algal Bloom outreach, and clam research.
  • Work with BIA to continue to our Coho and watershed research at the head of Jakolof Bay.
  • Work with Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery on clam projects and Ocean Acidification.
  • With funding from EPA under our IGAP grant, we will continue to try and work with Port Graham and Nanwalek to get Electronic Waste out of our communities.
  • Working with ADEC on the Human Health Criteria Workgroup to help develop the fish consumption rates for the state of Alaska.
  • Under a grant from EPA, we were able to purchase 3 Material Reuse Facilities for Seldovia, Port Graham, and Nanwalek. These facilities are Electronic Waste collection sites as well as Reuse facilities for household items that might otherwise get tossed in the dump or down the drain, such as paint, fertilizers, and cleaners.
These brochures are available for download:

The Intertidal Zone of Seldovia
The Indigenous Plants of Seldovia
Alaska Native People of Seldovia

The SVT Environmental Office is open Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

For more information, email Michael Opheim or call him at (907) 435-3247.

Check out these 2014 reports from the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve:

Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring
European Green Crab Monitoring
Invasive Tunicate Monitoring