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

 

Tip of the Month

Pollinators are insects that pollinate plants, including our food sources.  Without pollinators, the majority of our produce would not be available to us for food.  Examples of pollinators are, birds, butterflies, moths, bees, beetles, wasps, bats, and flies.  We need to do everything we can to protect these pollinators so our food sources don't become scarce.  Here are some ways to protect them:

  1. Plant a pollinator garden.  Choose plants that flower at different times of the year to provide nectar and pollen sources throughout the growing season.  Plant in clumps, rather than single plants, to better attract pollinators.  Provide a variety of flower colors and shapes to attract different pollinators.  Whenever possible, CHOOSE NATIVE PLANTS! Native plants are better for the environment as they don't require as much water as other plants, and they also attract native pollinators.
  2. Provide bee nesting blocks. Many species of solitary bees use small cavities in wood.  Create your own bee nesting block by drilling different diameter holes in a block of preservative-free wood.
  3. Avoid or limit pesticide use.  Pesticides can kill more than the target pest.  Some pesticide residues can kill pollinators for several days after the pesticide is applied.  Pesticides can also kill natural predators, which can lead to even worse pest problems. For more information, please click the link here: http://www.fws.gov/pollinators/pollinatorpages/yourhelp.html