Air Quality

The SRMT Air Quality Program (AQP) began in 1990. The SRMT Air Quality Program provides research, analysis and educational outreach to the Mohawk community. The program has operated under USEPA Clean Air Act funding under Section 105, Section 103 and private funding. The Air Quality Program also cooperates with public and private institutions to finance research activities.

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NAAQS - National Ambient Air Quality Standards - The U.S. National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS, pronounced \'naks\) are standards for harmful pollutants. Established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under authority of the Clean Air Act (42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.), NAAQS is applied for outdoor air throughout the country.

Tribal Implementation Plan - Burn Regs

Program Components

National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP)-SRMT site number-NY22-“Acid Rain” Precipitation samples are collected every Tuesday weighed and shipped to a central laboratory for analysis. The parameters checked are pH for acidity, conductivity for purity, calcium, magnesium, potassium, ammonium, nitrate, chloride, sulfate, and phosphate.

Vegetative Fluoride in conjunction with Alcoa- Started in 1999 because of all of the issues with fluoride emissions. Once new controls were put on stacks this project was started to keep an eye out for fluoride deposition on vegetation. After 50 years in business Reynolds Aluminum merged with Alcoa in 2000, then ended up closing its doors in 2009. Project is done at 3 sites in Akwesasne.

Burn Regs/Permits-Issued between Onerahtohko:wa/May 15 and Ennisko:wa/March 15 to burn unwanted yard waste and land clearing. Pick up a burn guideline brochure to find out more about what can be burnt and what cannot. The brochure also lists what doesn’t need a permit. Business permit $50.00. No fee for residents/homeowners.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)-Investigations and inspections on indoor air quality. From water damage to carbon monoxide to odors the air program can give recommendations to homeowners/businesses

Radon-A cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see smell or taste Radon. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium. Usually found in igneous rock and soil but can also come from water. Every home should be tested it’s the only way to know if you have it or not. Mitigation is simple if you have levels higher than 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter).


Mobile Source Outreach Study - Anti-Idling, tire pressure kits, carpool, Don’t Top Off (Newsletter Article on Not topping off-Anti idling)- Description: 2-year project 2008-2009. Utilized teens from the community to help teach community about correct tire pressure.

Fluoride Study-vegetables, water and deer jaws

Characterization of Benzene and Other Air Toxics in Akwesasne - SUMMA Canisters personal samplers Clarkson Univ Alan Rossner

Climate Change-IEc Adaptation plans with HETF Shinnecock Nation and Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

Breathing, Living and Learning in the Akwesasne Community - IAQ sensors Clarkson Univ Andrea Ferro

Investigation of Household Dust for Dioxins and Dioxin like Chemicals in Akwesasne


"Bad Air is All Around Us" - Indoor Air Quality - Second Hand Smoke - Asthma-2006 - YouTube Channel.
"To Burn or Not To Burn" about burn regulations, can be seen on the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's YouTube Channel


NTAA - National Tribal Air Association

ITEP - Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

TAMS - Tribal Air Monitoring Support

TREX - TRibal Environmental eXchange network


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