Craig Brown Jr. - Water Qualtiy Coordinator
PO Box 99
Fort Totten, ND 58335
Office: (701)766-1259 Fax: (701)766-1218
Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM; Monday-Friday
Funded by: United States Environmental Protection Agency
under the Clean Water Act-106
The CWA 160/Water Quality Program is designed to characterize the water quality of the Spirit Lake Nation. Ongoing monitoring conducted over the years will allow the Tribe to begin to track changes in the water quality over time and assess potential future environmental impacts to the Reservation’s waters. The long-term use of the water monitoring program is to provide information to help the Tribe establish water quality standards and other tribal regulations and ordinances for the Spirit Lake Reservation to reduce further degradation.
The Water Quality Coordinator and Water Quality Technician acquire samples from two surface water location; Wood Lake, Battle Lake, two sites on the Sheyenne River, and four groundwater wells adjacent to Wood Lake and Battle Lake. Samples from each location are field tested for temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and conductivity. Ecoli Fecal is tested at the Spirit Lake Tribal EPA office otherwise all other field samples taken from each site are sent to the National Water Quality Laboratory in Denver, Co to test for hardness, metals, anions, total dissolved solids, and alkalinity.