Southern Ute Tribal Seal

Air Quality Program

“The wind that gave our grandfathers his first breath also receives his last sigh and the wind must also give our children the spirit of life.”

-Chief Seattle, Dwamish

Scott's Pond

Scott’s Pond – photo Jeremy Wade Shockley | Southern Ute Drum


Mission Statement

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Air Quality Program is dedicated to ensuring that the air on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation remains clean and safe for Tribal Members and residents, now and into the future. This is being done through monitoring of air quality, permitting and compliance monitoring of large pollution sources, emissions inventories and continued research of air pollution and its sources.

Ambient Monitoring Program

The Air Quality Program maintains three State and Local Air Monitoring Stations (SLAMS) to monitor air quality on the Reservation. The air monitoring station Ute 1 is located just north of Ignacio, Colorado while the second station, Ute 3, is located off of Colorado State Highway 550 north of Bondad, Colorado. The third station, a mobile monitoring station, is located at Lake Capote on the east side of the Reservation. All stations adhere to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SLAMS quality assurance guidelines and data are reported to the EPA Air Quality System for National Ambient Air Quality Standard comparison and EPA’s AirNow website.

Reservation Air Program

All lands located within the exterior boundaries of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation are under the jurisdiction of the Reservation Air Program established by the Intergovernmental Agreement between the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and the State of Colorado Concerning Air Quality Control on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation (Pub. L. No. 108-336, 118 Stat. 1354). The Intergovernmental Agreement is managed by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and State of Colorado Environmental Commission, which serves as the policy making and administrative review authority for the Reservation Air Program, and the Air Quality Program of the Tribe has been delegated the administration of the Reservation Air Program. For more information on the Intergovernmental Agreement and the Environmental Commission, visit the Air Quality Program’s Environmental Commission Webpage

Southern Ute Indian Tribe Reservation Map

Title V Operating Permit Program

On March 2, 2012, the United States Environmental Protection Agency approved the Tribe’s Title V Program application, granting the Tribe full authority to implement and administer its 40 CFR Part 70 Operating Permit Program for Title V sources within the exterior boundaries of the Reservation.

 Air Quality Program Manager

  • Danny Powers: 970-563-2265,

Title V Program Staff:


  • Oakley Hayes, Air Quality Technical Manager: (970)563-2244,
  • Matt Wampler, Air Quality Scientist: 970-563-2202,

Compliance and Enforcement:

  • Crystal Kelly, Enforcement Coordinator: (970) 563-2223,
  • David Heermance, Senior Air Quality Compliance Specialist: (970) 563-2258,
  • Andrew Switzer, Air Quality Compliance Specialist: (970) 563-2216,

Air Quality Planning Program Staff:

  • Christina Schweipert, Air Quality Analyst MSP: (970) 563-2229,

Ambient Monitoring Staff:

  • Christopher Ellis, Air Quality Analyst: (970) 563-2235,
  • Naomi Begay, Air Quality Technician: 970-563-2296,

Environmental Commission Coordinator:

  • Marlene Scott-Jewett , Air Quality Analyst: (970) 563-2219,