The Red Lake Department of Natural Resources (RL DNR) began its Air Quality Program in December of 2007 with GAP funding and in the spring of 2009 secured CAA 103 funding. With the approval of its Treatment as an Affected Sovereign/State (TAS) application, the program transitioned to CAA 105 funding in 2014.
Some of the program’s most notable achievements include: approval of TAS application to EPA for CAA Sections 105 and 505(a), completion of an Emissions Inventory (EI), acquisition of a Beta Attenuation Monitor (BAM), partnerships with EPA (School Air Toxics Monitoring) and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (Air Toxics Monitoring), participation in Litterfall Mercury Project (National Atmospheric Deposition Program), operation of Clean Air Status and Trends Network (CASTNET) small footprint site and collaborative projects with the American Lung Association (ALA). Other achievements include representation on TAMS Steering Committee, weather station installation, educational outreach at annual events (Health Fair, Water Festival, etc.) and radon program activities including hosting Measurement & Home Diagnostics and Hands-On Mitigation trainings (with the University of Minnesota, Midwest Universities Radon Consortium), working with Red Lake Housing Authority to test homes and increasing radon awareness through outreach events.
Current priorities and projects include: working with CASTNET and the Ammonia Monitoring Network (AMoN), PM2.5 continuous monitoring with assistance from the MN Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), continued participation in the Litterfall Mercury Project, finalizing a smoke management plan (SMP), IAQ assessments for band members, implementing the School Flag Program and hosting and/or participating in local community events. Air quality issues we are most concerned with include mold in homes and smoke from prescribed burns and wildland fires. We are always looking for partnership opportunities that allow us to gain and share knowledge and experience.