The Soboba Tribal Environmental Department is committed to protecting, restoring, and enhancing natural resources on the Soboba Reservation for all tribal members past, present, and future.
What We Do
The Environmental Department works to raise awareness of all aspects of the environment. This includes solid waste issues, pollution prevention, water and air quality, conservation measures, household hazardous waste disposal, and many other areas. In addition to community outreach and education efforts such as participating in community events, the department also hosts an annual Tribal Earth Day event and community clean up days. We also conduct surface water quality testing on streams running through the reservation, collect and manage geographical data, and create programs to address environmental concerns.
An easy way to begin learning about the environment around you is to visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency website and use MyEnvironment
Tip of the Month
Next time you are afraid of a bee and want to swat it, think twice!
Bees are extremely important to our food sources!
-Losing bees could affect not only dietary staples such as apples, broccoli, strawberries, nuts, asparagus, blueberries and cucumbers, but may threaten our beef and dairy industries if alfalfa is not available for feed.
-No human activity or technology could replace the work of bees, and yet they are taken for granted and looked negatively upon.
-Many people don't realize the amount of crops that are lost due to bee loss.
-According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, bees pollinate about 80% of our flowering crops, which constitutes about 1/3 of what we eat.
-To United States agriculture alone, the annual value of bee pollination can be counted in billions of dollars, more precisely around $14 billion.
-If honeybees disappear, they could take most of our insect pollinated plants with them, potentially reducing mankind to little more than a water diet.
-The use of insecticides for agricultural pest control created the devastating side effect of killing honeybees along with the unwanted pests. This began in the 1980s and forced farmers to turn to bee keepers, and rent honeybees to pollinate their crops since the natural presence of bees significantly declined.
-Not only are bees the reason why humans and other animals are able to have food choices, but their venom also has significant medicinal purposes. Bee venom has been used to treat arthritis, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia, and even more recently used to treat cancer, epilepsy, and depression.
-Usually a honeybee can visit 50-1,000 flowers in one trip, which takes between 30 minutes to 4 hours.
-Without pollen, the young nurse bees cannot produce bee milk or royal jelly to feed the colony and queen bee. If no pollen is available to the colony, egg laying by the queen will stop.
--> This is an example of how bees are dependent on flowers, just as flowers are dependent on bees. Human activity has been disrupting this relationship for far too long.