Thursday, October 16, 2014

NARF co-hosts webinar on Tribal Water Codes: Regulation of Water Quality and Quantity in Indian Country

Next Tuesday, October 21, NARF will co-host the webinar, Tribal Water Codes: Regulation of Water Quality and Quantity in Indian Country. The webinar will be hosted by NARF, the National Congress of American Indians, the Tribal Water Working Group, Utton Center/University of New Mexico, and Sandia National Laboratories.

One aspect of sovereignty is the control and administration of natural resources within tribal lands.  The purpose of this webinar is to provide Indian Country information about how water codes can be developed to protect and manage tribal water resources.  A panel of experts, including Professor Robert T. Anderson, University of Washington, Duane Mecham, Department of Interior Solicitor’s Office, Lois Trevino, Water Administrator, Confederated Colville Tribe, and Scott Bulgrin, Water Quality Manager, Pueblo of Sandia, will examine a common scenario in Indian Country – an illegal diversion of a stream by a non-Indian fee owner and discharge from an animal feed lot into a tribal stream – and how a properly developed water code can address this problem.

This webinar is important because:
  • a majority of tribes have not quantified their water rights;
  • most tribes lack technical and administrative capacity to manage water on their lands;
  • there is a federal moratorium on approving new water codes absent a congressionally authorized water rights settlement; and 
  • climate change, increased demand for water and poor water quality require tribes to assert management of their water resources.

Click here to register for this important webinar!