2011 National Tribal Water Quality Conference
Buffalo Thunder Hotel
20 Buffalo Thunder Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87506-2790
"Posuwageh" is the Tewa language word for "water meeting place."
The 2011 Tribal Water Quality Conference was the first national conference of its kind. Programs funded by Clean Water Act (CWA) Sections 106 and 319 "met" and shared goals, knowledge and lessons applicable to enhancing the quality of tribal waters. The conference focused on improving tribal water quality through monitoring and assessment, watershed-based planning, restoration efforts, and best management practices (BMPs). The event was co-hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the local Pueblo of Pojoaque.
Specific topics of interest highlighted at the conference included:
- Monitoring ambient water quality (including biological and habitat monitoring)
- Managing water quality data for analysis and assessment
- Submitting data and reports to EPA under CWA Section 106 and/or Section 319
- Installing BMPs to address polluted runoff
- Effectiveness monitoring (including pre-/post-project monitoring)
- Developing Water Quality Standards
- Watershed-based planning
- Successful remediation under CWA Section 319
- Two field experiences on local tribal lands