Environmental (EPA)

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Our mission is to protect, preserve and maintain the health of our tribal members, their resources and their environment as it relates to the air, land and water. The department vision is to improve our service to our Comanche Tribal members, by utilizing our man power and equipment to assist our tribal members in a timely manner, with cooperation and compassion.

 

Our Motto: To Protect, Preserve and Maintain

 

The Comanche Nation Environmental Programs work to eliminate hazardous materials that contaminate our soil, water and air of the Comanche Nation.  Our jurisdiction extends over 8 counties Comanche, Cotton, Tillman, Kiowa, Caddo, Stephens, Jefferson & Grady.

Comanche Nation works together in partnership with:

 

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 6
  • Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ)
  • Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS)
  • USPHS Environmental Health
  • Inter-tribal Environmental Council (ITEC)
  • Oklahoma Tribal Water Advisory Council
  • Native American Fish & Wildlife Society (NAFWS)
  • Inter-tribal Council of Arizona(ITCA)
  • Western Oklahoma Tribal Environmental Consortium(WOTEC)
  • Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute (OWRRI)
  • USDA

 

Water Quality Division


Comanche Nation Water Resources Technicians perform routine spot and duration testing of water quality of the major lakes, rivers, streams and creeks within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Comanche Nation. Testing for various parameters, including pH, turbidity, nitrate-N, dissolved oxygen, temperature and conductivity.


Tribal members with drinking water wells may receive water testing services upon request, from our office at no cost. Upon receipt of analysis a final written report will be given back to tribal member detailing all findings.


Water is a precious resource and universal necessity of life not only for humans but plants and animals. The consumption of water is necessary to sustain life. Safe drinking water is a primary environmental health concern.


Both rural water and city water is treated through a stringent process. However, if this water has an unusual odor or color please contact our office, and your local provider, as soon as possible.

Indoor Air Quality Division

 

Mold Inspection

 

Comanche Nation Indoor Air Quality Inspectors perform Mold inspection upon receiving a completed application. GPS will be done on all sites. The inspector will do air quality testing and take samples (if needed) using the Bio-Pump and tape lifts as well as visual inspection and pictures. Upon the receipt of analysis a final written report will be done then the inspector will inform the tribal member of the findings and a copy of the report will be presented to tribal member.


Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp sport and begin to grow. Molds have the potential to cause health problems.  Allergic reactions to mold are common.  Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold.  Mold spores will not grow if moisture is not present. Molds can gradually destroy the things they grow on.  You can prevent damage to your home and furnishings, save money, and avoid potential health problems by controlling moisture and eliminating mold growth.  When water leaks or spills occur indoors ACT QUICKLY. If wet or damp materials or areas are dried 24-48 hours after a leak or spill happens, in most cases mold will not grow.

Moisture control is the key to mold control.

Air Duct Inspection

 

Upon receiving a completed application the air duct inspector will come into your home and will place a camera which is connected to the lap top to record and look into the air duct system of your home. At the completion of the inspection it will be determined by the inspector if you homes air duct system is needed to be cleaned.  If the inspector determines your air duct system should need to be cleaned then an appointment will be set.  During the cleaning a negative air machine will be attached to the air duct system at the duct opening a power brush will be sent through the system to remove the duct debris.


Dust aggravates breathing problems, causes burning eyes and itching skin, and makes allergy problems worse.  House dust is more dangerous than outdoor dust it has bacteria, pollen, skin flakes, decaying organic matter, fungi, hair, dust mites, viruses, textile fibers residue from chemicals and many other contaminants.


Today our homes and workplaces are airtight and energy-efficient. This means that they trap pollutants and contaminants inside, which lowers the quality of the air we breathe. Homes and offices have contaminated air that is circulated through the central heating and air systems. Even frequent filter changes cannot stop this contamination. Contamination builds up over time in your air system. This build-up will reduce the efficiency of your air system, shorten its operating life, and continue to circulate the contaminants throughout your home.

Solid Waste Division

 

Dump Trailer Program

 

Upon receiving a completed application you will be contacted as to when the trailer will be brought to your property. The tribal member may utilize the department dump trailer for four (4) days to fill with items that need to be disposed of properly. The tribal member may request the trailer again at a later date but may be subject to be put on an already existing list.

Illegal Dumpsite Clean-up

 

Upon receiving a completed application the tribal member will be contacted to set a time up for the dump-site to be inspected. Assessments will be done to determine how hazardous the site is the will determine where to start with our cleanup and what equipment is needed. GPS will also be done on all sites.  Due to cost and budget, clean ups take time.  There is a pre existing list and tribal members will be notified of this list if the member wants our services.  Our current waiting list is up to Two (2) years.

Working with our Tribal Members we can keep our lands and homes clean with proper disposal of waste. Illegal dumping is the depositing of solid waste on trust land other than an approved facility.


You MAY NOT dispose of your trash along roadways, in fields, wooded areas, stream valleys (creeks), & park-lands. 

Recycling Division


This is the newest division added within our department. In this division we have placed containers around the tribal complex to collect recyclable items like cans, #2 plastics. Tribal members can bring their tires and old batteries to the Environmental department house.

The Comanche Nation Solid Waste Division has created a way to rid our community of old tires and batteries by holding a tire and battery drive.  In the month of February, the Comanche Nation Environmental Programs office sets our department's dump trailers out in the community buildings of Anadarko, Apache, Cache, and Walters on certain dates (these dates may change) and ending at out our office.  The tires must meet a certain height of 44 inches tall and a certain width of 14 inches wide.  Our tire and battery drive is open to the community.


The environmental department hopes to educate our tribal members of the importance of recycling.  . We also are providing a Recycle Drop Off of Cans, #2 plastics, batteries, cell phones, and tires 44in tall and width of 14in.



The Comanche Nation Environmental Program held our 3rd annual Earth Day on Tuesday April 16th, 2013.  We had 50 students from Riverside Indian School as there were also many children with their parents in attendance.  We had activities for the students and presentations.   We also had 18 vendors that came and set up.  Our 3rd annual Earth Day was a big success and we have already been thinking about this upcoming 4th Annual Earth Day!

 

The Comanche Nation Office of Environmental Programs held our 4th Annual Earth Day on Tuesday, April 16th, 2014. We had several tribal members and students with their parents in attendance. We also had several vendors and other Environmental Entities as well as our own Divisions come set up and share their information. Our 4th Annual Earth Day event was a huge success and planning for next year has begun!

 

 

Staff

Brian Stillwell
Director

 

Staci Davis
Administrative Assistant

 

Lynn Schonchin
Assistant Director/Water Quality Division
Grants
Hazwoper/Hazmat
Heavy Equipment Operator
Certified Environmental Inspector
Certified Environmental Consultant

Chad Tahchawwickah
Indoor Air Quality
Certified Mold Inspector
Air Duct Inspector


Ryan Blackstar

Indoor Air Quality

Air Duct inspector

 

Marc Dubray
Solid Waste
Heavy Equipment Operator


Dennis Pennah
Solid Waste
Heavy Equipment Operator

 

Contact

Ph: (580) 492 3754
Ph: (580) 492 3734
Fax: (580) 492 3733

 

Mailing

Comanche Nation
Environmental Protection Agency
P.O. Box 908
Lawton, OK 73502

 

Address

Office of Environmental Programs located across the road west of main complex.

Turn off the road West by the Fire / Police Department
8527 NW Madische Rd.
Lawton, OK
73507

 

Applications:

CLICK HERE FOR ILLEGAL DUMP SITE APPLICATION

CLICK HERE FOR ILLEGAL DUMP TRAILER APPLICATION

CLICK HERE FOR: Indoor Air Quality Application,  Air ducts/Mold Inspection