Water Quality (106) Grant
The Water Quality Grant helps us monitor surface waters within Eastern Shawnee Tribe treaty boundaries. We collect and analyze water samples from five sites on Lost Creek and Spring River. The data is used to assess the quality of water and determine if the water bodies meet their designated uses. In addition to monitoring water quality, the program is designed to protect aspects of human health through bacteria and fish analysis. We sample for E-coli twice a week in the summer. When the E-coli counts are too high, we post swimming advisories at Lost Creek and Spring River and at the tribal complex. These warnings help protect tribal members and the general public from health risks associated with E-coli. Also, on Spring River, fish are collected and the tissue analyzed for heavy metal content to ensure safe levels for consumption.