Identifying, Assessing and Adapting to Climate Change Impacts to Yurok Water and Aquatic Resources, Food Security and Tribal HealthEPA Grant Number: R835604
Title: Identifying, Assessing and Adapting to Climate Change Impacts to Yurok Water and Aquatic Resources, Food Security and Tribal Health
Investigators: Fluharty, Suzanne , Cozzetto, Karen
Institution: Yurok Tribe Environmental Program , Northern Arizona University
EPA Project Officer: McOliver, Cynthia
Project Period: July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017 (Extended to June 30, 2018)
Project Amount: $908,965
RFA: Science for Sustainable and Healthy Tribes (2013) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Tribal Environmental Health Research , Health
The Yurok Tribe is extremely vulnerable to hydrologic changes resulting from climate change due to their geographic location and continued reliance on surface waters and aquatic resources by tribal members. The study will identify areas of water resource vulnerability and resiliency, assess impacts on Yurok food security and tribal health, and will increase the Tribe’s adaptive capacity to prepare and respond to climate change.
The proposed project will conduct a baseline assessment (temperature and flows) of Yurok Reservation surface waters, develop GIS models to identify probable scenarios of future hydrological change impacts in Yurok Ancestral Territory, monitor for climate-related water-borne pathogens and toxins in surface water sources and shellfish, assess impacts on key subsistence resources, food security and tribal member health, develop of a Yurok Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Water and Aquatic Resources, and create a web-based climate change monitoring network design to inform and engage the tribal community in tracking climate-related events that could impact tribal and community health.
Expected outputs include: an expanded YTEP water quality and public health monitoring network, GIS layers and maps modeling a range of climate change impact scenarios for Yurok Ancestral Territory, a Yurok Climate Change Adaptation Plan for Water and Aquatic Resources, and a web-based Yurok Environmental Observer Network. Expected Outcomes include: improved understanding of current and future climate change impacts on water resources, increased awareness of climate change impacts key subsistence foods, vulnerable sub-populations and tribal member health, improved tribal capacity to monitor, communicate, and prepare for climate change impacts.