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


Soboba Tribal Community Clean-up 2020


The Soboba Tribal Environmental Department would like to thank all the Tribal members for their participation in another successful community cleanup. The Environmental Department could not have accomplished this feat without the help and hard work of the Soboba Public Works Department. The Environmental Department would also like to send a big thank you to TANF Staff, the TANF Summer Youth Academy, and all the volunteers that came out to help us.




  1. Check your windows for any leaks and make sure they are tightly sealed for the winter. If you have single-pane windows, add storm windows. A plastic film over windows can also help to reduce heat loss.
  2. Clean the dryer ducts to make sure you are getting the best airflow for energy efficiency.
  3. Check doors for weather stripping and replace as necessary.
  4. Seal up any window air conditioners with an insulated jacket to make sure you aren't losing heat.
  5. Use a timer system to make sure your thermostat is turned down during the day when everyone is away. You can also keep it a few degrees lower than you normally would in the evenings and embrace sweater season. There’s nothing better than cozy sweaters after a summer of shorts and tees!
  6. Use an Instant Pot or Slow Cooker for your cozy fall cooking. They are both more energy efficient than firing up your oven.
  7. Eat local and seasonal produce. Fall harvest is a wonderful time of year to embrace fresh local foods.
  8. If you have a ceiling fan make sure it’s running in a clockwise direction so that the air is drawn upwards. This will push the air upwards towards the ceiling and down the walls, to gently re-circulate the warm air without creating a cooling effect.
  9. Add some houseplants to your home to help clean the air. Herbs are great because you can use them in your favorite recipes all winter long.
  10. Make sure the floor or wall vents in your home aren't being obstructed to get optimal airflow.

  1. Make sure to clear your lawn of leaves before the snow comes. If you leave them to get buried, they will decompose and soak up moisture from the soil. It may also contribute to insect and weed problems.
  2. Use self-powered equipment when possible rather than electrical tools. For example, rakes rather than electrical blowers to reduce energy consumption. You'll get a good work out in and reduce energy costs!
  3. Compost your yard waste and leaves. Avoid burning it.
  4. Fall is a great time to plant trees and shrubs which are good for the environment. Their root systems will develop throughout the winter months and reduce their water consumption needs come spring.
  5. Clean your gutters and make sure water is flowing freely from your gutters to your downspouts.
  6. Fall is also an excellent time to add grass seed to your lawn which will reduce weed growth, improve the appearance, and increases drought tolerance.
  7. After your final mow of the season, spread a thin layer of compost on top of your lawn to promote healthy soil.
  8. As the days get shorter, you might be in need of more outdoor lighting. Make sure to use solar lights, LED or fluorescent bulbs to save energy. You can also install timers or automatic shut-offs to avoid having them on when they aren’t needed.
  9. If you have a garden, be sure to harvest any remaining fruits and veggies so that nothing is wasted. Freeze or can what you don't use right away.
  10. Every few years, aerate your lawn in the fall by punching small holes that will loosen the soil and let the air circulate water and nutrients. A healthier lawn will require less fertilizer.

Compost Your Leaves

If you need cheering up at the thought of waiting another year for summer, try unleashing your inner-child and go jump in a few piles of leaves. And when you're done, cheer up the environment by saving some energy and landfill space by turning the piles into compost. "One third of the space in landfills is taken up with organic waste from our yards and kitchens," according to compostguide.com. You can even save some money and watch your garden grow by replacing $50 of plant food with the leaves of one large shade tree.

Plant Bulbs for the Spring

The best time to plant tulips bulbs is in the fall, about six to eight weeks before a hard frost is expected, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac. After a dreary winter, you'll be greeted by a yard full of beautiful flowers come springtime.

Bike Ride Anyone?

Reduce your carbon footprint when it comes to getting around this fall! The benefits of bike riding to your health and the environment are endless and with the beautiful fall scenery and cooler weather, there's no excuse not to get on your bike.

Apples are in Season!

Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Fuji, Honeycrisp and McIntosh -- That's right: It's apple season. So why not make the most of it and head to your local, organic apple orchard and pick a few straight off the tree. After working up an appetite, head home for some homemade caramelized apples, apple cider or hot apple pie.

Get Ready for the Winter and Knit Something

Rather than being unprepared without something warm and wooly when winter rolls around, why not start knitting yourself a scarf, or for the extra adventurous, a sweater? Be sure to look into using organic materials. Some suggest bamboo-yarn, a renewable resource that can be harvested without killing the plant. It is also biodegradable when it isn't mixed with unnatural fibers and is often dyed with natural dyes, according to about.com. When spun into yarn, bamboo can be softer than silk.

Enjoy a Hike

With cooler temperatures its time to enjoy the outdoors and nature while also getting some exercise in by hiking local trails. If your hiking with friends or family you can make your hike even more fun with a game of nature bingo. Include things like acorns, orange leaves and fuzzy squirrels. You can find one online or whip up your own. Whoever gets bingo first wins!

Take up bird-watching

Listen, bird-watching isn’t just for 80-year-olds. Search online together for birds local to your area, make a list, and go see which ones you can find in the neighborhood, in the park, or on a hike. All you need to budget for is binoculars for this educational fall activity

Carve A Pumpkin

Halloween is just around the corner, so bring on the pumpkins. Carve out a few scary jack-o-lanterns and roast the leftover seeds or turn them into pumpkin seed brittle. Visit your local pumpkin patch or try to buy organic pumpkins this season.