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Our water resources need to be protected. Cleaning up contaminated sites is vital to our survival. ( Picture taken in Akwesasne. )

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What is a Brownfields site?
The Brownfield Project is funded by the USEPA for tribal governments to help locate, assess, and clean areas within their communities that may be complicated by the presence of a pollutant or contaminant. Potential Brownfield sites that could be found in Akwesasne include abandoned gas stations, old family dumps, buried fuel tanks, building with asbestos, places where large amounts of a contaminant has spilled, or anyplace where a pollutant could harm our natural resources.

What Natural Resources are significant in Akwesasne?
Natural resources include fish, wildlife, plants, and other living organisms, as well as air, groundwater, streams, rivers, sediments, soils, rocks, and minerals. All of these natural resources can be harmed by the presence of contamination. Tribal Brownfield sites differ from other Brownfield sites for the reason that natural resources hold additional significance. In Akwesasne, we have many essential natural resources with cultural, medicinal, ceremonial, traditional, or historical uses exclusive to this area. Click on the maps to the left to see if you have any of these natural resources in your area.

Brownfields Project
The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's Environment Division has entered into a cooperative agreement with the USEPA for a program called Brownfields. The program is designed to assist the Tribe with developing its Brownfields response capacity.

The definition of Brownfields is "real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a pollutant or contaminant. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties protects the environment, reduces blight and takes development pressures off green spaces and working lands."

The Environment Division will be working with the community to develop a community-wide inventory and assessment, and seeking input from community members in the coming months under the agreement. Tribal staff will also receive training in Brownfields activities to better serve the community.

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division updated: 2013