Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program
NALEMP is a Department of Defense funded program which is administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Department of Defense created NALEMP to address environmental impacts on Indian Lands from former DoD activities with the intent of maximizing Tribal Participation.
The overall goal of YTT, NALEMP with cleanup efforts is to remove safety hazards, mitigate military impacts on the Yakutat Tlingit customary and traditional lands, and promote the safe food gathering activities on lands and bays including the Ankau Saltchucks.
A WAY OF LIFE
Our Land has Historical, Spiritual and Cultural significance to the People. The Yakutat Tlingit People still follow the path we have journeyed on for generations – in gathering food and medicine, wild plants, berries and seafood. Just like our ancestors, we also depend on the cycles of nature and the changing of seasons to provide for our needs. The wealth of traditional knowledge that allows us to survive by subsistence were provided by our parents, grandparents, and our ancestors that came before them. To this day, the subsistence harvests remain an essential part of our lifestyle. Daily tasks are accomplished through new and traditional methods of gathering, processing, storing, and preparing food. That is why the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe, NALEMP Department is continually fighting new laws that restrict access to an economy that our people have enjoyed as a family, clan, and tribe for millennia.
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
"The ecological well-being of our land is intimately linked to our well-being. The land we call Yakutat is thoroughly embedded with our Tlingit culture!"
YTT NALEMP: THROUGH THE YEARS
A Timeline of Our Environmental Cleanup and Mitigation Efforts
FY06 Cooperative Agreement
The FY06 CA was our first Tribal CA, and the work focused on developing the Strategic Project Implementation Plan (SPIP). Soil sampling was conducted. Lead and Asbestos were inventoried at the OCRRS to determine if contamination was present.
FY07 Cooperative Agreement
SITE INVESTIGATION ACTIVITIES
Work conducted under the FY07 CA included draining and disposing of the fuel and water from the aboveground 130,000-gallon fuel tank, and starting the fuel tank removal, at the Ocean Cape Radio Relay Station. Additional site investigation activities were conducted to delineate the extent of petroleum-contaminated soil in the Fuel Pumphouse Area. This CA was closed in March 2009.
FY08 Cooperative Agreement
ASBESTOS-WRAPPED PIPE AND DIESEL FUEL TANK (AST) REMOVAL
Work conducted under the FY08 CA included completing the removal and disposal of the Ocean Cape Radio Relay Station Diesel AST, and conducting removal of the asbestos wrapped pipe connected to the OCRRS Diesel AST and removing safety hazards and debris at the Minor Naval Air Facilities area. This CA was closed in December 2009.
FY09 Cooperative Agreement
WATER PUMPHOUSE AND GASOLINE TANK (UST) REMOVAL
Work conducted under FY09 CA included removal of the Fuel Pumphouse, Water Pumphouse and associated Gasoline AST within the Ocean Cape Radio Relay Station. Sampling was conducted to fill data gaps. The Yakutat SPIP was also updated under this CA. This CA was closed in May 2011.
FY10 Cooperative Agreement
FORMER GARAGE BUILDING REMOVAL
Work conducted under the FY10 CA included asbestos abatement of siding and tar paper, and demolition of the Garage Building at the Ocean Cape Radio Relay Station site, removing the 74,000-gallon steel Water Tank, and sampling the suspected debris dump located southeast of the Diesel AST location at the OCRRS site. This CA was closed in March 2012.
FY11 Cooperative Agreement
PETROLEUM-CONTAMINATED SOIL (PCS) REMOVAL
Work conducted under the FY11 CA focused on removal of petroleum-contaminated soil from the Diesel AST foundation area, and excavation and removal of petroleum contaminated soil from the former Gasoline AST that was attached to the Water Pumphouse at the Ocean Cape Radio Relay Station. Site investigations were conducted including sampling the Garage Building concrete slab for PCBs, and investigating the suspected drum dump located along the north edge of the site. This CA closed July 2013.
FY12 Cooperative Agreement
DRO BAGGED, STACKED, LOADED AND SHIPPED
Work conducted under the FY12 CA include removal of petroleum-contaminated soil from the Diesel AST and Fuel Pumphouse areas at Ocean Cape Radio Relay Station. This CA closed December 2015.
FY14 Cooperative Agreement
Work under the current FY 2014 CA includes removing Quonset huts, abandoned utilities, debris, and collapsed buildings from the Point Carrew Garrison; and updating the Strategic Project Implementation Plan.
REMOVAL AND DISPOSAL OF FOUR CONCRETE GUN EMPLACEMENTS
AT POINT CARREW GARRISON
OCEAN CAPE RADIO RELAY STATION ASBESTOS PIPE, CONCRETE,
AND DEBRIS REMOVAL
Asbestos-containing pipe from the former sewer outfall system will be removed and shipped off-site for proper disposal. The concrete foundations and footings associated with the former garage and storage tanks will be demolished and removed.
OCEAN CAPE RADIO RELAY STATION SITE INVESTIGATION
An expanded site investigation will be implemented at Ocean Cape to determine the extent of petroleum-contaminated soil with concentrations greater than the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation cleanup levels.
ASSESSMENT OF 14 POINT CARREW ROAD CULVERTS
Conduct an assessment of 14 Point Carrew Road culverts to determine if they are impacting fish passage and subsistence resources.
FY16-18 Cooperative Agreement Objectives
Removal of Panaman Gun Emplacements
Removal & disposal of abandoned concrete structures
Investigate Residual Soil Contamination Located near AST Possible DRO
Assess impacts of culverts on fish streams on the Ankau roads
NALEMP Pre-proposal for Cooperative Agreement FY18
September 28, 2018 to September 25, 2020
TASK 1: Project Management and Coordination
TASK 2: Travel and Training
TASK 3: Remove and dispose of debris at the Air Warning Filter Center
site through development of a Work Plan, Implementation,
and Removal Action Report
TASK 4: Remove and dispose of debris at the Minor Naval Air Facilities
site through development of a Work Plan, Implementation,
and Removal Action Report
TASK 5: Remove and dispose of debris at Air Corps Increase Group Post
Powerhouse site through development of a Work Plan,
Implementation, and Removal Action Report
TASK 6: Remove and dispose of debris at Operation
Reserve Tank Farm site through development of a
Work Plan, Implementation, and Removal Action
TASK 7: Update SPIP
United States Forest Service / YTT Projects - Old Situk River Ford
The objective of this project was to armor the streambed and level the approaches at the Old Situk River OHV ford to mitigate impacts to fish and fisheries habitat downstream from the crossing. This project was implemented using methodologies meeting USFS and ADF&G standards. Coho, sockeye, pink, and chum Salmon along with steelhead trout and Dolly Varden Char are present in the Old Situk River. Coho and Dolly Varden spawn heavily around this ford. The YTT crew gathered and transported the rocks to the site and laid them to bed as required by the Forest Service. The crew of YTT enjoyed working on this project.
RAC/ RASMUSSON Veteran's Path Proposal
Veteran’s Path- Remembering those who left their footprints on the grounds of the Ankua Saltchucks over seventy-five years ago. This path was built for the sole purpose for oversight of Yakutat Bay for enemies threatening the safety of U.S. This proposed path is a piece of history from W.W. II that was discovered/ recovered from the NALEMP team(s) over the years. This site was identified, assessed for items of concern, and then added to the YTT, NALEMP CA for the removal of the gun emplacements highlighted on the map below.
In order for the NALEMP team to accomplish the tasks of cleanups it was important to limit the damage on the wetlands and thus the finding of this path from a W.W. II map that directed our team to brush this path. This path will allow the NALEMP team to haul out debris without harming the lands.
Over the years many Yakutat leaders have walked this path and shared ideas, excitement, history and this is what lead to creating a partnership to enhance the Veteran’s Path. Many local and non-local entities contributed to the future of this project. Forest Service with RAC funds $60,000.00 over three years, Sealaska subsidiary Coastal Aggregate has provided $15,000.00 worth of yellow cedar stored at our facility, currently discussing Kwaan dollars of 10 to 15 thousand for three years, TTP we hope will provide $10,000.00 for the next three years.
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