Members of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in Akwesasne believe the federal government hasn’t been taking their concerns seriously over cleanup efforts for the Grasse River.

In 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it had selected a final plan for remediation work at the Grasse River. The waterway was highly polluted with polychlorinated biphenyls along the site of the Alcoa West facility in Massena, in the same area where the General Motors plant stood until it closed in 2009.

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Should readers fail to be convinced that EPA authorities should work closely with the SRMT Council, they should read Annie Sneed's excellent article in Scientific American- "What Conservation Efforts Can Learn from Indigenous Communities".

Read how indigenous communities are experts in ways government and institutional agencies are not, and how solutions to environmental problems depend on experts from all sides, partnering and collaborating with mutual respect.


The same ‘EPA experts’ that released 3 million gallons of contaminated water into the Animas River?

Jerry Moore Staff
Jerry Moore

No, HotelMike. The editorial urged the EPA to listen to the concerns and work more closely with the people who have been living on this land and river for centuries and caring for them: members of the Mohawk Tribe. Those experts. You may find it helpful to read the editorial (or at least the subhead) before commenting on it.

Jerry Moore

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