Welcome to the National Tribal Water Council


The NTWC has identified its purpose in its bylaws:

"The NTWC was established to advocate for the best interests of federally-recognized Indian and Alaska Native Tribes, and Tribally-authorized organizations, in matters pertaining to water. It is the intent of the NTWC to advocate for the health and sustainability of clean and safe water, and for the productive use of water for the health and well-being of Indian Country, Indian communities, Alaska Native Tribes and Alaska Native Villages."

At the start of 2021, the National Tribal Water Council took the opportunity to outline several key priority actions that are important and crucial to tribes. A transition brief has been developed and will be shared with the EPA, tribes, the National Tribal Caucus, National Congress of American Indians, and tribal organizations. A copy of the transition briefing document is available by clicking HERE.

As the Chairman of National Tribal Water Council (NTWC),
I welcome you to the new NTWC website.


Hello, my name is Ken Norton and I am an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe and serve as the Director of the Hoopa Valley Tribal Environmental Protection Agency, in Hoopa, California. For those of you visiting this site for the first time, I’d like to briefly share about the National Tribal Water Council.

The NTWC was established to advocate for the best interests of federally-recognized Indian and Alaska Native Tribes in matters pertaining to water. It is the intent of the NTWC to advocate for the health and sustainability of clean water, and for the productive use of water for the health and well-being of Indian Country, Indian communities, Alaska Native Tribes, and Alaska Native Villages.

Additionally, the National Tribal Water Council is a technical and scientific body created to assist the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), federally recognized Indian Tribes, including Alaska Native Tribes, and their associated tribal communities and tribal organizations, with research and information for decision-making regarding water issues and water-related concerns that impact Indian and Alaska Native tribal members, as well as other residents of Alaska Native Villages and Indian Country in the United States. Please note: The NTWC is not a policy-making body and its input is not a substitute for government-to-government consultation.

As the NTWC’s website evolves, it will contain NTWC’s policy analysis on water related policies that impact Tribes, important water quality resources for Tribes, and current water quality news. We hope that you will continue to visit the NTWC website as it evolves to better meet the needs of all who are interested in clean and healthy water and healthy Tribal communities.

Lastly, the NTWC is pleased to have the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals as the new administrator of the NTWC Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

I invite you to explore this website and thank you for visiting.

Sincerely,



Ken Norton, Chairman
National Tribal Water Council

A Guidebook for Developing Tribal Water Quality Standards was developed by the National Tribal Water Council to serve as a tool and a guide to assist tribes in developing a water quality standards program under tribal legal authority.

The first section of the guidebook briefly describes the legal and administrative aspects of developing a water quality program. Having general familiarity with the legal background will help tribes more effectively create and operate the program.

The second section of the guidebook briefly describes the technical aspects of developing the program, including setting and administering water quality standards for waterbodies on tribal land.

While the federal government has set out a water quality management approach in the Clean Water Act and Environmental Protection Agency regulations, tribes may decide to take different approaches to water protection. Likewise, even when a tribe participates in the federal Clean Water Act system, the basic building block is still a tribal program, designed by tribal staff and adopted under tribal law.

To access the guidebook, please click HERE.

NTWC Guidebook Webinar Video NTWC's Webinar Video on "Guidebook for Developing Tribal Water Quality Standards"

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NTWC’s Webinar on the "Final 2023 CWA Section 401 Water Quality Certification Improvement Rule" February 20, 2024, at 2:00 PM (EST)

On November 27, 2023, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rolled out its revised Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 Water Quality Certification Improvement Rule. Under this revised rule, eligible tribal nations can obtain TAS solely for Section 401 as a certifying authority or acting as a neighboring jurisdiction under Section 401 (a)(2) without first applying for TAS for water quality standards under CWA Section 303(c).

This webinar will assist Tribal Nations in understanding the options that may work best for them and what the necessary elements are for implementation of these options. By providing Tribal Nations with the understanding of the Section 401 certification pathways, tribes can decide for themselves on how best to protect their water quality and assert their water quality-related goals and values.

Join the National Tribal Water Council (NTWC) for a tribal-based conversation on these topics. Featured speakers include Ken Norton, Hoopa Valley Tribe, Chair of NTWC; Nancy Schuldt, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa; Jill Grant, Senior Attorney, Jill Grant & Associates; and Professor James M. Grijalva, University of North Dakota School of Law.

To Join Zoom Meeting:
https://nau.zoom.us/j/86838635888?pwd=Y3NLVjh2MGxwOUtnY2s1VHNYL2luUT09
Meeting ID: 868 3863 5888
Password: 584920





The National Tribal Water Council is funded through a grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water and administered by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals at Northern Arizona University.

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Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5004
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