Ramona Band of Cahuilla Environmental Protection Agency

The goal of the Tribal Environmental Protection Agency is to protect and monitor environmental issues of Tribal lands and resources of the Ramona Band of Cahuilla. To maintain natural resources, and promote economic development while ensuring the Tribe adheres to federal environmental regulations, in addition to preserving, and protecting the environment for future generations.

The Environmental Department funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency General Assistance Program grant was established in 2000. The Environmental Department develops environmental programs that protect human health and natural resources for the Ramona Band of Cahuilla.

Some of the current programs being offered or in the initial stage of development are the following:

  • Environmental Mitigation and Protection
  • Recycling Program
  • Water Quality
  • E-Waste Recycling
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal
  • Indoor Air Quality

 

Ramona Band of Cahuilla Tribal Water Quality Program

The Water Quality Program operates through two media specific grants awarded by US E.P.A.: Clean Water Act 106 and Clean Water Act 319.  The goal of both these programs is to protect surface water quality on tribal lands.  Under these grants, the Ramona Environmental Protection Agency staff can test water quality in the lakes, wetlands, springs, and wells on the Reservation, as well as inspect, install, or repair any BMPs (Best Management Practices).

Ramona Band of Cahuilla Energy Auditing Program

The Energy auditing program operates on a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy “D.O.E.”  Under this grant the Energy auditing program will perform energy audits on 3 tribal Offices, 3 tribal homes, and 1 Tribal facilities area. The goal of this program is to provide community outreach and energy efficiency, which lowers energy usage for residents and Tribal facilities.