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Tribes monitor, collect, and assess water quality on their lands under section 106 of the Clean Water Act. They currently submit paper reports of their water quality decisions, which makes it difficult to track water quality over time, both regionally, and nationally. In response, tribes in EPA Regions 6, 5, & 9 and EPA are using E-Enterprise shared governance to partner with tribes in piloting new approaches for electronically tracking water quality decisions on tribal lands.

CHALLENGE

Tribes need a standard and simple way to report and track water quality decisions on tribal lands nationwide. Tribes and U.S. EPA initiated a pilot project to test using an electronic reporting process for reporting their conclusions on the status of their waters.

BENEFITS

  • Standardize and simplify reporting of water quality decisions on tribal lands
  • Help inform EPA of tribal water quality issues
  • Improve environmental decision-making.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Tribes in U.S EPA Regions 5, 6, and 9 and U.S. EPA collaborated on a pilot to test electronic reporting of water quality decisions. The group provided training in 2016 and 2017 to tribes piloting the new reporting system. These tribes successfully e-reported for the first time in January 2018.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

The group will continue to refine data analysis tools and the new system to help tribes assess data in a more automated fashion and prepare the system for potential national implementation.