The National Tribal Water Council (NTWC) 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.

The following preliminary goals are based on the original vision for NTWC. They will be refined and implemented as the NTWC progresses in its development.

  • Raise awareness of a wide range of water related issues pertaining to the health of tribal communities and the quality of tribal aquatic resources and watersheds.
  • Promote information exchange.
  • Facilitate the exposure of tribal water program managers and staff to best management practices for addressing water quality concerns.
  • Encourage the enhancement of tribal water protection program development and implementation.
  • Provide a platform to inform tribes on a wide variety of issues related to ground, surface, and drinking water.
  • Promote community water protection education and awareness.
  • Assist in the development, establishment, and sustaining of comprehensive tribal water protection programs.