Mission Statement

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

The Soboba Tribal Environmental Department would like to thank all the tribal members, vendors, and colleagues who participated and made this year’s Soboba Tribal Earth Day the biggest and best Earth Day yet! Attendance records went through the roof this year with over 445 people gathering to celebrate environmental awareness and sustainability. The Earth Day event was jammed packed with fun and entertainment for the whole family that included: music, vendors, delicious food, games, dozens of prizes, and the cutest preschool fashion show featuring fashions made from recycled materials. The Environmental Department staff hopes that everyone had a great time and will join us again for next year’s Earth Day.

Check Out more pictures from this year’s Tribal Earth Day in our gallery by clicking the Photos tab!

Water Sense in the Summer

Summer is here and when it’s hot, it can really be hot! As summer approaches we start to feel temperatures rise and here in Southern California we can expect triple digits. Last year the state of California experienced historical record breaking high temperatures for many of its cities. Temperatures in the 100’s were seen in the valleys and a whopping 122 ºF was seen in Palm Springs. Coincidently water usage also goes up along with the temperatures and a significant increase in outdoor water use to keep landscapes green during the summer months. The EPA estimates that 29 billion gallons of water are used daily by household across the United States and 9 billion gallons of that are used for daily residential outdoor landscape watering.  It is also estimated that depending on the region, homeowners use 30-60% of their water usage for outdoor water use, crazy right? Up to 60% of the water you pay for is going towards keeping your lawn green instead of keeping you clean and hydrated. Of that 30-60% of water going to your grass, due to inefficient watering systems and timing, 50% of that water is wasted. So your grass isn’t using the water, and you’re not using the water where is it going? That 50% off loss is going to evaporation, so that answer is…its going nowhere.

If watering the air wasn’t bad enough for our water resources, according to the USDA drought monitoring data published May 22, 2018, Southern California including the San Jacinto area, is experiencing moderate to severe drought conditions. Since water in not being replenished as much as it is being used during these dry times it is even more important to consider water conservation going into the hottest part of the year. Fortunately you can make a difference and save yourself a little money in the process. By limiting your water usage and upgrading irrigation equipment you could save up to 5,600 gallons of water and $60 per year in water and sewer costs annually. The EPA also participates in a voluntary program Watersense, which is both a label for water efficient products and is a resource for helping you save water. Watersense products are certified to use at least 20% less water, energy, and often exceeding the performance of regular models. You can also visit http://www.epa.gov/watersense/when-its-hot for more tips and information on water conservation during the summer. Here are a few simple tips for saving water outdoors this summer.

  1. How thirsty is your lawn? Knowing how much water your landscape actually needs can prevent overwatering, water waste, and decline in plant health. Your local water company can offer recommendations for how much water certain plants need in your region and times of day to water, generally speaking early mornings and evenings are best to reduce the amount of evaporation from the sun.
  2. Labels Matter: If you have an automated sprinkler system or about to install one, consider upgrading to a watersense labeled controller which acts like a thermostat for your lawn. These controllers use local weather data to determine when and how much to water so you get the most efficient watering system possible.
  3. If it’s broke, fix it: If you already have a sprinkler system in place make sure you’re not losing water to leaks and broken or clogged sprinkler lines and heads. Make necessary repairs to stop leaks and adjust sprinkler heads so that they are not spraying on the sidewalk, street, or driveway.
  4. Know the Zone: When planting, assign areas of your landscape different hydrozones depending on sun/shade exposure, soil and plant types, and type of sprinklers, then adjust your irrigation system or watering schedule based on those zones' specific needs. This helps you avoid overwatering some areas or under-watering others.
  5. Step on it: Grass doesn't always need water just because it's hot out. Step on the lawn, and if the grass springs back, it doesn't need water. An inexpensive soil moisture sensor can also show the amount of moisture at the plant's roots and discourage overwatering.
  6. Leave it long: Raise your lawn mower blade. Longer grass promotes deeper root growth, resulting in a more drought-resistant lawn, reduced evaporation, and fewer weeds.
  7. Give your hose a break: Sweep driveways, sidewalks, and steps rather than hosing them off. And don't forget to check for leaks at your spigot connection and tighten as necessary.