Emergency Preparedness
Forms Coming Soon!


  • Talialuk Building

  • 907.443.4259

  • 907.443.4458

  • swest@kawerak.org

  • Kawerak, Inc.
    P.O. Box 948
    Nome, AK 99762

The Environmental Program was created because we understand the importance of being active positive stewards of our land and resources. We want to see our land continue to thrive for future generations, and in order to do so we need to care for it and protect it. Changes will come, but we must be prepared to meet these challenges utilizing safe practices, future planning, and smart preparation.


June 17-19, 2019 Backhaul Training!
Backhaul 101 & Freon Removal
To sign up, please contact Environmental Coordinator Vanessa Tahbone at vtahbone@kawerak.org or (907) 443-4258.

To learn more about upcoming grants under the Tribal Response Program or to learn about how you can turn a contaminated site (Brownfield) into a sustainable space for your community, please contact the Tribal Response Program Coordinator at trp.coord@kawerak.org or (907) 443-4259.

To learn more about upcoming trainings, funding opportunities and grants for energy projects in your community, please contact Energy Development Specialist Amanda Toerdal at atoerdal@kawerak.org or (907) 443-4253.

Environmental Technician Training, August 19-24. Travel and lodging scholarship available!

Hazwoper 40 hour Certification, Aug 19-22

Hazwoper 8 hour Refresher Certification, Aug 20

FEMA Hazardous Materials Awareness, Aug 23 *

First Aid/CPR and AED, Aug 24

Download the 2019 HAZWOPER application and the Hazwoper scholarship application 2019 To learn more, please contact Emergency Preparedness Specialist Charlene Saclamana at csaclamana@kawerak.org or (907) 443-4337.

The Kawerak Backhaul Program provides technical assistance to tribal environmental programs, such as those funded by the Environmental Protection Agency Indian General Assistance Program (EPA IGAP). Our program hosts environmental trainings and conferences, assists villages with IGAP grant writing, accepts universal waste all year long (such as electronic waste, fluorescent bulbs, and lead-acid batteries), and assists with general backhauling logistics.

Through our program we help our region, on average, recycle approximately 75,000lbs. of material each year thereby keeping it out of unlined landfills and our environment.

To learn more about backhaul, recycling, or IGAP, please contact Environmental Coordinator Vanessa Tahbone at vtahbone@kawerak.org or (907) 443-4258.

The Kawerak Backhaul program recycles lead-acid batteries for each community in the Bering Strait Region. Our Environmental Program staff have been trained to properly handle these hazardous materials and host regular workshops to train other environmental coordinators throughout the region. Click here for document: how to package lead acid batteries.

Learn more about how to properly package your lead-acid batteries into heavy-duty totes!
Click here for document: Materials needed for packaging lead acid batteries into totes.

If you are not packaging lead-acid batteries into totes, you can use standard wooden shipping pallets to send out your hazardous waste. This type of packaging is only good for non-leaking batteries! Please follow the instructions clearly and make sure to wrap your pallets tightly before shipping out.
Click here to download the document: Pallet specifications for packaging batteries.

INFO for EWASTE Recycling coming soon.

Recycle your household batteries!

Don’t throw away your used printer cartridges!

The City of Nome https://www.nomealaska.org/ collects recyclables at their Recycle Center, a connex van on Warren Place in Nome. A white plywood sign is on top of the van and is open 24/7. Please see the flyer below for information about the City of Nome landfill and contact information. Feel free to contact the Kawerak Environmental Program to find out more about how these items are recycled or reused.

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The last e-waste event was held May 31 & June 1, 2019. Stay tuned for the next event!

Stay tuned for the next training opportunity for environmentalists in our region!

The last backhaul training event was held June 17-19, 2019 in Nome, Alaska.

The Tribal Response Program, also known as the Brownfields Program, is designed to help the region’s tribes and other stakeholders within villages work together to prevent, assess, clean-up and reuse brownfields.

What is a Brownfield?
A Brownfield is a property with potential presence of contamination that is limiting the use of the site and creating a hazard to health and safety. Examples include, hazardous waste storage areas, previous fuel spills, abandoned and dilapidated buildings, abandoned bulk fuel tanks, drum dumps, generator buildings, former military sites, mining sites, and more. Many of these sites are documented in the State of Alaska Contaminated Sites Database, however, there may be sites that are not yet documented. This program will help communities create an inventory of brownfields, assess levels and types of contamination, and create plans for clean-up and reuse of the site as an asset to the community instead of a nuisance.

If you are interested in getting involved with this program, please contact the Environmental Program Assistant & Brownfields Coordinator Stacy West at (907) 443-4259 or swest@kawerak.org

Brownfields Public Record

The Brownfields Public Record contains documentation for response actions at all of the contaminated sites within the Kawerak region. Response actions are assessment and clean-up activities taken to prevent or minimize the release of hazardous substances so that they do not endanger human health or the environment. Click on any site name below for detailed information. If you would like to report a potential brownfield site, please fill out an inventory survey form.

(W) denotes sites identified through the Waste Erosion Assessment and Review (WEAR) project which was a grant-funded Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation project from 2012-2015 that documented areas of potential contamination along Alaska’s western coast.

(CS) denotes sites that are listed on the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Contaminated Sites Database.

  • No brownfields identified

King Island
  • No brownfields identified