Tulalip Air Quality Program

Protecting Tulalipís Air Quality, Human Health and the Environment

About Our Program

Since 1993, Tulalip has worked to develop a baseline program for protection of air quality on the Reservation. The core components of the Tribesí air quality program involve monitoring particulate levels and ensuring compliance with Tulalipís Outdoor Burning regulations.

Tulalip staff are also engaged in public education and enforcement of Tulalipís Air Quality Protection Ordinance. An emissions inventory and a source registration were conducted in 1994. Data from the inventory, along with local and regional monitoring data, indicated that none of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) were violated. Particulate matter, however, from outdoor burning and woodstoves, was identified as an area of concern and became a focus of Tulalipís air program.

In 1997, Tulalip established an ambient monitoring program, with the goal of characterizing air quality on the reservation, comparing reservation air quality with regional trends, and tracking changes over time. Two monitoring sites were selected, situated in the reservationís two different airsheds, with nephalometer and meteorology equipment installed at each site.† Tulalip is currently in the process of installing a BetaĖAttenuation Monitor (BAM), at the monitoring site closest to Tulalip Bay (the Tulalip Boys and Girls Club). The BAM will enable Tulalip to monitor for the smaller, invisible particles in the air (known as PM 2.5), that pose a threat to human health.

To contact us:

Tulalip Tribes Dept. of Environment
7615 Totem Beach Road
Tulalip, WA 98071