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
If you cannot afford to buy all organic produce, try to at least buy some organic produce, here's why:
Certain foods contain more harmful pesticides than others, which is why if possible, you should buy the organic version of those certain foods. The Environmental Working Group (a group of scientists, researchers, and policymakers) developed a list of the common produce items that have the highest amount of pesticides and other harmful chemicals, known as the "Dirty Dozen". By buying the organic version of those foods listed on the "Dirty Dozen" list, you can reduce the amount of toxins you consume on a daily basis by 80%. The Environmental Working Group also came up with the "Clean Fifteen" list, which lists foods that are not grown with excess amounts of pesticides, therefore making the non-organic version of those foods safe to eat.
The Dirty Dozen: The Clean Fifteen:
Bell Peppers Eggplant
Apples Frozen Peas
Hot Peppers Kiwis
Kale, Collard Greens, and Spinach Sweet Corn if Organic
Summer Squash and Zucchini Sweet Potatoes
When grocery shopping, these two lists are helpful to keep in mind so you can still benefit from organic produce without having to buy everything organic.
These two lists were compiled using data from the United States Department of Agriculture on the amount of pesticide residue found in non-organic fruits and vegetables after they had been washed.