Environment Protection Department (KEPO)
The Kahnawà:ke Environment Protection Office (KEPO) not only looks out for the health of Community members, but the health of the land and animals for both Kahnawà:ke and Tioweró:ton. They are always trying to find ways in which Kahnawà:ke can go back to its roots of being one with nature, yet still live in today’s modern world.
Kahnawą:ke is fortunate to host some very special places that are rare and unique in the region. The Kahnawą:ke Environment Protection Office (KEPO) has been studying the environment of our community for many years in order to understand the species that live here and the habitats that support them. These studies have consistently highlighted four specific areas of common land that have high ecological value and should be prioritized for protection efforts. These areas are indicated on the maps below and include Big Fence, the North Wall, Tekakwitha Island and Turtle Bay.
KEPO is conducting a survey to obtain feedback from the community regarding the uses of these four sites, as well as the desired approaches for managing the areas while improving and protecting the ecosystems for the benefit of the future generations.
Your feedback is valuable. The survey should only take about 10 minutes of your time.
Click here to complete the survey.
North Wall (West)
North Wall (East)
Services Programs and Projects:
- Office resources:
- Environmental resource library
- Collection of past environmental studies carried out in Kahnawà:ke
- Newsletters & brochures
- Education and tours of the Kanata Healthy House
- Education and tours of our organic gardens
- Picnic tables (2) for visiting groups
- Geographical Information System (GIS) for data management, analysis, mapping and decision-making
- Environmental Education and Awareness:
- Workshops on starting seeds, organic gardening, composting and many other topics are provided and announced when scheduled
- Presentations on species & habitats in our community, results of environmental studies, etc.
- Development of educational brochures and newsletters
- General information (pesticides-free gardening, composting, cleaning without chemicals, etc.)
- Species identification
- Planning and hosting of events:
- Annual Three Sisters Health and Harvest Fair
- Annual Tree Give Away
- Creek & Shoreline Clean-up initiative
- Reviews and recommendations for proposed projects and policies in the community that may have an impact on the environment
- Environmental projects and studies:
- Contaminated site studies
- Ground water monitoring program on former dumpsites
- Species at risk studies
- Species inventories (fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, plants)
- Habitat characterizations (wetland mapping, shoreline characterization, fish habitat study)
- Studies of the recreational bay
- Surface water quality monitoring program
- Environmental protection & restoration initiatives:
Recent Environment Releases
- Annual Christmas Bird Count in Kahnawake December 17th - 12/12/2016
- Design for Recreation Bay remediation now underway - 09/27/2016
- Emerald Ash Borer Impact Study begins - 06/02/2016
- Reminder - Tree Giveaway Today - 05/16/2016
- Tree Giveaway on Monday May 16th - 05/05/2016
- Information Session on former Kahnawake Dumpsites - 03/14/2016
Environment Protection Office
Located in the Lands Unit on River Road across from the Kahnawake Youth Center
P.O. Box 1089
Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory