Tribe replacing lift stations in Cherokee communities
Cherokee Nation Environmental Health and Engineering recently completed a sewage lift station in the Cherokee community of Cherry Tree, which is near Stilwell, Oklahoma. The facility will service residents and the nearby Cherokee Nation Industrial Park. Shown here is the wastewater lagoon for Cherry Tree. ROGER GRAHAM/CHEROKEE PHOENIX
CHERRY TREE, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation’s Environmental Health and Engineering program recently completed a new sewage lift station in this Cherokee-populated Adair County community and was expected to finish another in Marble City in 90 days.
Environmental Health and Engineering Director Billy Hix said on March 24 that the previous lift stations in both communities were built in the 1980s and needed replacing.
“The existing facility in Cherry Tree was extremely deteriorated. It would fill up with sewage and then run off into nearby creeks,” he said.
Hix said tribal funds were used to build the new Cherry Tree station at a cost of approximately $200,000.
He added that Marble City’s current lift station is failing. “A pump was purchased by the city of Marble City and is currently being used once or twice a day to stop sewage from bypassing or leaking into other areas.”
Hix said a $116,000 Indian Health Service grant is being used to help pay for the Sequoyah County community’s new lift station. He said the Tribal Council provided $43,400 for the project.
Hix said because Cherokee Nation Industrial Park would be serviced, as well as 64 “Stand” and “Duck Creek” homes in Cherry Tree, the Cherry Tree station didn’t qualify for IHS funds.
Hix added the lift station in Cherry Tree would service 66 homes, while the Marble City station would service 37 homes.
Once completed, the lift stations aren’t much to look at because most of their operations are underground.
“Sewage flows by way of gravity and will eventually arrive at its lowest point,” said Hix. “These stations are built on those exact low points. From there the waste is pumped to where it is treated, which in the case of Marble City and Cherry Tree, are lagoons where the wastewater evaporates.”
Hix said after the stations are finished the Cherry Tree and Marble City communities will operate them.
“The stations managed by the local municipalities. So unless the cities or rural water districts have questions or request procedural reviews, our job is done. And hopefully, these new stations will service the communities for another 30 years.”
ᎩᏔᏲᎢ ᏗᏡᎬᎢ, ᎣᎦᎳᎰᎹ. – ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ ᎠᎾᎦᏎᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏙᎯ ᏱᏄᏍᏗᏗ ᎠᎴ ᏧᏂᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎤᎾᏙᏢᎯ ᎾᏞᎬᏭ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏛᎢ ᎢᏤ ᎦᏓᎭᎢ ᎦᏌᏙᏍᎩ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎠᎭᏂ ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩᎯ-ᎤᏂᏣᏘ ᏙᏫᏍᎦᎳ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏍᎦᏚᎿᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎠᏛᏅᎢᏍᏛᎢ ᏐᎢ ᎤᏂᏍᏆᏗᏍᏗᎢ 90 ᎢᏧᏙᏓᏆᏓ ᎥᎿ ᎦᏓᏲᏍᏗᎢ ᎦᏚᎲᎢ.
ᎠᎾᎦᏎᏍᏗᏍᎩ ᏙᎯ ᏃᏛᎿᏕᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᏧᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎯ ᎠᏓᏎᎮᎮᎯ Billy Hix Ꮓ ᏱᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᎠᏅᏱ 24 ᎾᏍᎩᏃ Ꮎ ᎢᎬᏱᏱᎢ ᎦᏌᏙᏍᎩ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎢᏧᎳᎭ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ 1980s ᏥᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᎯᏳᎢ ᏚᎾᏁᏍᎨᎲᎢ ᎠᎴᏃ ᎾᏊ ᎠᏎᎢ ᏧᏂᏁᏟᏴᏍᏗ.
“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎾᏊ ᏥᎩ ᏧᏙᏢᎭ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎩᏔᏲᎢ ᏗᏡᎬᎢ ᎢᏙᏳᎢ ᏧᏣᏙᏨᎢ. ᎦᏓᎭᏃ ᏂᎨᏐᎢ ᏯᎧᎵᏣ ᎠᎴ Ꮓ ᎠᎹᏳᏟᏗ ᎾᏞᎢ ᏕᎨᏒᎢ ᏩᏟᏥᎯᎰ ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ.
Hix Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢᏃ ᎤᏅᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᎠᏕᎳ ᏧᏅᏔᏅᎢ ᎤᎾᏁᎩᏍᏗᎢ ᎢᏤᎢ ᎥᎿ ᎩᏔᏲᎢ ᏗᏡᎬᎢ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᏱᎦᏃ ᏱᎦᎢ ᏚᎵᎬᏩᏢᏅᎢᏃ $200,000.
ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎦᏓᏲᏍᏗᏃ ᎤᏤᎵ ᏥᏧᏙᏢᎭ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎾᏍᏊ ᏓᏓᏲᏍᎦ. “ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎦᏌᏁᏍᎩ ᎤᏂᏩᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎦᏓᏲᏍᏗ ᎦᏚᎲᎢ ᎤᏩᏒᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎾᏊ ᎨᏒᎢ ᏌᏊᏃ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᏔᎵ ᎢᏳᏩᎬᏗ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎪᎢ ᏏᎦ ᎨᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᎴᏫᏍᏙᏗ ᎦᏓᎭᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎤᏤᎣᎯᏍᏗᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ.”
Hix Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ $116,000 ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯᎢ Indian Health Service grant ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎠᏅᏗᎭ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎾᏈᏴᏗᎢ ᏍᏏᏉᏲᎢ ᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏩᏤᎯᏴᎢ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ. ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎠᏂᎳᏍᏓᏢᏃ ᏗᏂᎳᏫᎩ ᎤᎾᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ $43,400 ᏱᎦᎢ ᎠᏕᎳ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎤᎵᏍᏕᎸᏙᏗ.
Hix Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏥᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ Industrial Park ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮓ ᎾᏍᏊ ᎣᏍᏓ ᏂᏛᏅᏁᎵ, ᎾᏍᎩᏊ 64 “ ᏕᎦᏙᎦ” ᎠᎴ “ᎧᏬᏄᎢ ᎠᎹᏱ ᏄᏪᏴᎢ” ᏓᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎩᏔᏲᎢ ᏗᏡᎬᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎩᏔᏲᎢ ᏗᏡᎬᎢ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎥᏝ ᏰᎵᎢ ᏗᎬᏩᏂᎩᏍᏗ ᏱᎨᏎᎢ HIS ᎤᎵᏍᎪᏟᏔᏅᎢ ᎠᏕᎳ.
HiX Z ᎠᏠᏯᏍᏗᎲᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎤᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᎩᏔᏲᎢ ᏗᏡᎬᎢ 66 ᏓᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎬᏩᏅᏙᏗ , ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎦᏓᏲᏍᏗᎢ ᎦᏚᎲᎢ 37 ᏱᎦᎢ ᏓᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎠᏅᏗᏍᎪᎢ.
ᎾᏊᏃ ᎠᏂᏍᏆᏛᎢ , ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎥᏝ ᏗᎦᏙᏍᏙᏗᏊ ᏱᎦᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏂᎬᏂᏏᏍᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ Ꮓ ᎦᏙᎯ ᎭᏫᎾ ᏗᏜ ᏚᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎭ.
“ᎦᏓᎭᏃ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎡᎳᏓᎬᏘ ᎡᎪᎢ ᎠᎴ Ꮓ ᏪᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᏗᎨᏒᎢ ᏩᏓᏡᏍᎨᏍᏗ,” ᎠᏗᏍᎬᎢ Hix.
“ᎯᎠᏃ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏓᎾᏁᏍᎨᏍᎪᎢ ᏪᎳᏗᏴᎢ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ . ᎥᎾᏃ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᏓᎭᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᎾᏍᎩ ᎦᏌᏁᏍᎪᎢ ᎥᎿᏃ ᏫᎦᎷᎪᎢ ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᎥᎿ ᎠᏓᏁᏟᏴᏎᎪᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏥᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ ᎦᏓᏲᏍᏗᎢ ᎦᏚᎲᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎩᏔᏲᎢ ᏗᏡᎬᎢ, ᎾᏍᎩ ᎥᏓᎵ ᏕᎪᏢᎭ ᎥᎿᏃ ᎦᏓᎭᎢ ᎠᎹ ᏩᎧᏲᎯᎰᎢ.”
Hix Z ᎢᎧᏃᎮᏍᎬᎢ ᏓᏂᏍᏆᏛᏃ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎥᎿ ᎩᏔᏲᎢ ᏗᏡᎬᎢ ᎠᎴ ᎦᏓᏲᏍᏗᎢ ᎦᏚᎲᎢ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏚᏂᎩᏍᏗᏕᎨᏍᏗ.
“ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎾᏍᎩ ᏕᎦᏚᎲᎢ ᏚᎦᏌᏍᏕᏍᏗ. ᎾᏍᎩᏃ ᏥᏂᎦᎵᏍᏗᎭ ᏕᎦᏚᎲᏃ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᎠᎹ ᏫᏓᏈᏴᏗ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ ᎪᎱᏍᏗ ᏳᏂᏱ ᎤᎾᎦᏛᏗᎢ ᎠᎴᏱᎩ ᏳᏂᎬᏛᏓᏁ ᎢᏯᏛᏁᏗᎢ ᎠᎦᏛᏂᏓᏍᏗᎢ, ᎠᏯᏃ ᏙᎩᎸᏫᏍᏓᏁᎸᎢ ᎠᏍᏆᏛᏃᏅᎢ. ᎠᎴ ᎤᏚᎩᏃ ᎬᏗ ᎣᎬᎭ ᎯᎠ ᏗᏤᎢ ᏥᏚᏙᏢᎭ ᏰᎵᏊ ᏳᏂᏍᏕᎳ ᎥᎿᎾᏂ ᏗᏍᎦᏚᎩ ᏚᏙᏢᏒᎢ 30Ꭿ ᎢᏧᏕᏘᏴᏓ ᏥᎨᏌᏍᏗ.”