Air Quality

Ute Mountain Ute Tribal lands encompass a large expanse of Four Corners Region, over three states and five counties. The EPA in 1971 has designated the larger multi-jurisdictional area inclusive of the Ute’s lands as Four Corners Interstate Air Quality (AQ) Region Boundary.

The EPD began developing Tribe's AQ Monitoring Program. Our objectives during the 2011 project year is to install meteological station and particle monitoring (PM10) samplers and start collecting AQ data in the White Mesa Community.

In January, our Program had opportunity to visit with the AQ Programs of the  Southern Ute Indian Tribe (SUIT) and Navajo Nation (NNEPA). These neighboring tribes have established AQ Programs for more than decades, and we have much to learn from their experience and expertise. This inter-tribal collaboration has been indespensable assistance in developing our Program. 

See the coverage of our visit on the SUIT's paper Southern Ute Drum:  Ute Mountain looks to Ignacio for air quality expertise

Four Corners’ air quality is monitored by:

Navajo Nation

Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Mesa Verde National Park

Montezuma County