Environmental Services

Seldovia Village Tribe’s Environmental Department works as stewards 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, in addition to clean, healthy food, whether from the smallest sea creature we eat to the largest land mammals we harvest. Our great-grandparents had this and we desire the same for the generations to come.

Formed in 2001 under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Indian General Assistance Program (IGAP), this department helps Seldovia Village Tribe serve as a voice for Seldovia residents regarding environmental issues that affect our community and the Kachemak Bay area.

Environmental Data Storage – 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.

2019 DRAFT Seldovia Village Tribe Hazard Mitigation Plan

(Click here to view the Hazard Mitigation Planning Process for Seldovia Village)

Environmental Education

SVT’s Environmental staff provide educational programs for students of Susan B. English school to teach children about their local environment during Sea Day, Earth Day, and other special series.

  • Gathering Together Culture Camps – We host two annual summer Culture Camps to teach environmental stewardship and cultural practices to all who attend, ranging in age from 2-18. Special guest elders and teachers join us to share the cultural values and traditions of the area.
  • Recycling Program – Each year, SVT sponsors a collection of materials to be taken out of the area and processed for re-use. The Tribe purchased three 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.

Scientific Studies & Kachemak Bay Studies

  • Subsistence Consumption A one-year study conducted by Seldovia Village Tribe’s Environmental Department concluded that area Alaska Native consume traditional foods from Cook Inlet at a much higher rate than estimated by government agencies. Our staff have presented at state and national conferences on the importance of these findings. View whole report here.
  • Kachemak Bay Research – SVT works with the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve to continue European Green Crab monitoring, Harmful Algal Bloom outreach, and clam research.
  • Jakolof Bay Watershed Research – We work with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to continue our Coho salmon and watershed research at the head of Jakolof Bay.

Restoration Project

  • Collaboration with Alutiiq Shellfish Hatchery – In partnership with the hatchery, we strive to have an ongoing assessment of the availability of clams as a resource in the area, plus track ocean acidification.
  • Fish Consumption Rates – Seldovia Village Tribe participates in the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Human Health Criteria Workgroup to help develop the fish consumption rates for the state of Alaska.
  • Animal Rehabilitation – Our staff captures sick or stranded wildlife and sends them to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, US Fish & Wildlife Service, or the Alaska Sealife Center for rehabilitation.

Museum Curation

The Environmental Services Department works with the Museum to tells the story of the Aleut, Yupik, Alutiiq, Athabascan, Russian and European-American people who inhabit the Seldovia area.

Tribal Outreach

With funding from the Environmental Protection Agency under our Indian Environmental General Assistance Program, SVT will continue our collaboration efforts with our neighbors in Port Graham and Nanwalek to get Electronic Waste out of our communities.

Water & Air Quality

We continue working with the Environmental Protection Agency on our Network Node / Spatial View to act as a repository for Water Quality Data, as well as local Air Quality Data.

Check Out What We’ve Been Up To

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