Natural Resources/Conservation

Scope of work

Air Quality

Starting this summer, with the assistance of Ohkay Owingeh Environmental Department, I will be creating a Baseline study of RADON detection levels throughout the Pueblo. This will give us a list of buildings needing mitigation. Mitigation funding will be the next step in the process along with outreach.

Drinking Water

I am currently collecting data on existing wells throughout the Reservation. This well data will be used in estimating contamination from historic and current illegal dumpsites. This data will also be used in conjunction with establishing strong Drinking Water Standards and Codes. 

Solid Waste

This year we will be creating a Recycling and Re-Use Collection Center. This project will be funded through the New Mexico RAID Grant. Phase 1 (starting hopefully mid August) will include: clearing of a 200 x 200 foot site and adding 3 inches of base course. This site is located on the North side of the existing Root Ball site, on the South side of the Pueblo. Phase 2 will include: installing a chainlink fence around the site for protection and security cameras will be installed. Phase 3 will include: purchasing 4 trailers for the purpose of separation of Plastics #1 (clear plastics), Plastics #2 (colored plastics), Aluminum items (cans, foil etc.), and corrugated Card Board. Phase 4 will include: purchasing additional 41 quart containers. Two containers (one blue, one green) will be handed out to each household to encourage separation of recyclables within the home. This Collection Center will include designated areas for: Appliances, E-Waste, Scrap Metal items, Vehicle batteries, Butane Tanks, Florescent light bulbs, Tires, Pallets, Household Hazardous Waste (examples: cleaning detergents, degreasers, paint, bug spray, etc.) White paper, Newspaper, Phone books, Good Used Clothing, a site for reusable items (anything that is still good that someone else could use). A 40 cu. yrd. roll-off bin will be ordered for big bulky items (mattress, carpet, couches, etc.). NO DEMOLITION DEBRIS WILL BE ACCEPTED (examples of debris: concrete, asphalt, the whole house, adobes, etc.).

Please stop by the office to see the projects, ask questions and/or volunteer to help out.

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About Cochiti Pueblo

Located 22 miles (35 km) southwest of Santa Fe, the community is a historic pueblo, which is listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places. The Cochiti pueblo people are a federally recognized tribe of Native Americans. The pueblo administers 53,779 acres (217.64 km2) of reservation land and possesses concurrent jurisdiction over the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

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