Shawir Darrudaluduk (Natural Resources)
The Wiyot Natural Resources Department (formerly Environmental Department) was established in August 1996. The purpose of the department is to monitor and protect the environmental resources of the Table Bluff Reservation, the Wiyot tribal landholdings, and the Wiyot aboriginal territory. The department accomplishes this by managing a panoply of programs and projects; coordination and collaboration with federal, state, and local agencies as well as the regional community; and regular interaction with the tribal community by staging environmental education events for tribal youth, holding workshops, and including updates in the tribal newsletter.
In the interest of environmental and public health, the Wiyot Natural Resources Department has developed many programs designed to address the various and often very complex environmental issues facing tribes today.
The Wiyot Natural Resources Department is funded entirely by grants. The U.S. EPA Indian General Assistance Program provides funding for basic infrastructure needs as well as some of the personnel expenses. The remaining personnel support comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's CWA§106 Water Pollution Control and CWA§319 Non Point Source Pollution Control grant programs, which also fund all water quality monitoring and pollution prevention activities. For other specific programs and projects, the Tribe relies on funding from a myriad of grant programs from the U.S. EPA, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and many other agencies.
Natural Resources Department Newsletter
We are always interested in what we can do to make this department work better for the Tribe. We invite questions and comments, so please do not hesitate to give us a call at the Tribal Office at 707-733-5055.