Water Quality Coordinatorkaradavis@kickapootribeofoklahoma.com
The Kickapoo Department of Environmental Programs (KDEP) strives to provide effective environmental programs that promote protection of the environment and human health with respect to surface water, drinking water, air, solid waste, brownfields, underground storage tanks, hazardous waste, emergency response, environmental justice, pesticides, and environmental planning projects.
The mission of the Kickapoo Tribe is to protect and manage the reservation environment for the jurisdictional and/or service area of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma. In order to increase protection of its environment, the Kickapoo Tribe established the Kickapoo Department of Environmental Programs (KDEP) in December of 1997. The KDEP is responsible for identifying environmental problems and developing prevention and remediation strategies. To accomplish this mission, the KDEP will adhere to quality assurance activities in order to ensure that all decisions are based on environmental data that is scientifically valid, precise, accurate, complete, representative, comparable, and legally defensible. KDEP will strive to incorporate cultural needs, which is the tradition and heritage of the Kickapoo people into all documents produced for the preservation of the Tribe.
The KDEP duties are both administrative and technical in nature. It is responsible for managing all of the environmental programs and identifying environmental problems of the Tribe. The KDEP is also responsible for developing draft plans, codes, policies and regulation for the control, mitigation, and prevention of these problems. The KDEP is almost 100% funded by grants from federal agencies, primarily the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Because most of our funding comes from EPA, the majority of projects we undertake benefit the community as a whole. Community -wide projects include surface water monitoring, providing roll-offs for annual community cleanup events, and educational opportunities for children. We also offer radon testing to individuals and provide information on a variety of environmental topics including testing and disinfecting residential wells, proper handling and disposal of pesticides, water conservation, and indoor air quality. Due to funding constraints, there are some services our department is unable to provide. Please contact our office for information on environmental topics or with environmental complaint or concerns.
The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma has been selected to conduct a study to define the reference condition of macroinvertebrate assemblages in wadable streams in the Northern Cross Timbers level IV ecoregion of Central Oklahoma. Project will span 2 years. For... Read more →
The Kickapoo Department of Environmental Programs Draft Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan 2018-2022 will be available for public review and comments from October 18-29, 2018. The Hazard Mitigation Plan will be available to view online at www.kto-env.com. Copies will also be... Read more →
Request for Proposals (RFP) for Qualified Environmental Professional Services The Kickapoo Tribe Department of Programs (KDEP) is requesting proposals from parties interested in providing a Qualified Environmental Services (QEP) or consultant for brownfields cleanup of the tribal gymnasium located... Read more →
The Kickapoo Department of Environmental Programs is leading a planning effort to update the tribes existing 2012 Hazard Mitigation Plan. We are inviting Kickapoo leaders, tribal members, employees and community members to participate with this plan development. We will be... Read more →
The Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma has joined with the city of Shawnee to host a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event, Shawnee News Star report. Event to be held Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Central Disposal in Shawnee, OK from 10:00... Read more →