Capacity Building & Integration
As a leader amongst tribal pesticide programs, the Pesticide Control Office remains committed to building capacities through collaborative efforts both internally and externally with its stakeholders. These efforts and the partnerships among various agencies to facilitate government to government communication are necessary to ensure that the program remain robust, that tribal views are expressed and communicated at the appropriate level, and that initiatives and priorities are agreed upon which ensure a win-win scenario.
Ultimately, the program strives to ensure services provided to the Community continue to be of value, culturally sensitive, and technologically forward thinking.
The Pesticide Control Office is an active participant in national programs and committees that influence decisions regarding pesticide regulation, pesticide safety standards, and other pesticide related issues. The Gila River Indian Community falls within the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 9, which is comprised of the states of Arizona, California, Nevada, and Hawaii. The following agencies, workgroups, and educational outlets are some of the many partners of the Pesticide Control Office.
PESTICIDE ADVOCACY GROUPS
U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
National Pesticide News
Pest Control and Pesticide Safety for Consumers
Pesticide Product Label System (PPLS)
Sign up for the EPA Pesticide Program Mailing List
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Pesticides Program
PESTICIDES OF INTEREST/CONCERN
National Pesticide Information: Oregon State
PESTICIDE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES COLLABORATIVE (PERC)
The Pesticide Control Office is honored to have one its staff members appointed to the PERC Advisory Board, serving from April, 2016 through April, 2017. The PERC Advisory Board is composed of EPA representatives, university academia, industry experts, and state and tribal regulators. The advisory board reviews pesticide educational materials as they are developed to ensure the accuracy and practicality of the content. The Pesticide Control Office's participation on the advisory board ensures that the Community as well as other tribe's perspective is accounted for in the development of pesticide educational resources.
CERTIFICATION AND TRAINING ASSESSMENT GROUP (CTAG)
Since 2015, the Pesticide Control Office has participated in the CTAG, which is a collaborative organization focused on maintaining and improving the quality of pesticide training and certification programs in the United States. Members include representatives from state and tribal pesticide regulatory agencies, pesticide educators from land grant universities, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency personnel.
TRIBAL PESTICIDE INSPECTOR TRAINING
Each year, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona hosts a Tribal Pesticide Inspector Training that is designed to instruct and supply resources for new inspectors, as well as refine the techniques of senior inspectors. The Pesticide Control Office is pleased to have co-hosted trainings within the Community, and continues to provide support in the planning and implementation of future trainings.
The Pesticide Control Office has secured FY19 Special Project funding from the EPA to continue the development of TRACER: Tribal Regulatory Agency Compliance and Enforcement Records, enterprise database solution.
Project goals are as follows:
1. Reduce the data entry and consolidation burden significantly, allowing for greater staff utilization in performing other more important tasks relevant to the program.
2. New solution must support the anticipated new process of Certification & Training.
3. New solution must support multiple concurrent users.
4. New solution must be built upon current technology that can be easily enhanced in the future.
5. New solution must support Tribal and Federal data reporting requirements.