Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
P. O. Box 1976
Havasu Lake, CA 92363
2000 Chemehuevi Trail
Havasu Lake, CA 92363
Rio Sandate, Environmental Technician
Eric Garcia, Outreach Coordinator
Lex Koscielak, Water Quality Technician
The Chemehuevi People have always tried to pursue sustainable development of their land without jeopardizing the environment. The Tribe’s most valuable resource is their people, followed by their need for clean unpolluted water and unpolluted land. The protection of the land and water resources is a high priority for the Chemehuevi people.
The Chemehuevi Tribe is also vehemently interested in preserving and improving the environment. The environmental elements of earth, air, fire and water are the core of the Chemehuevi Environmental Plan. Through the environmental education program the community, young, and old alike are taught to respect Mother Earth in the schools and in the community. Curriculum materials are distributed to the Education Department and the Chemehuevi Head Start Program.
Watershed protection policies are being developed through the EPA CWA (Clean Water Act) grant. The Tribe employs staff such as the Water Quality Technician to continuously monitor our surface water.
The Non-Point Source Division under the Clean Water Act eradicates the invasive species and works to restore native vegetation and eliminate non-native plants that add unwanted salts to our soils along our shoreline. These salts contribute to increased salinity of our river and ground water.
The Environmental Programs Department will continue to strive and ensure that systems and processes are in place to PROTECT our fragile ecosystems via education of our youth and development of infrastructure and capacity among our members.
The Chemehuevi People exist in a fragile environmental balance of the Natural World; needing economic development for financial security of the Tribe, but not willing to achieve it at the cost of damage to our Water, Air or Mother Earth.
The Tribal Environmental Program Director is Steven Escobar and the Tribal Water Quality Technician is Raymond Mejia. Contact the department for any environmental concerns at 760-858-1140.