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
, Environmental Technician
Sheridan Silversmith, Outreach Coordinator
Lex Koscielak, Water Quality Technician
Brian Kellywood, Field Crew
Mario Donahue, Field Crew
More About Us:
When asking several CIT members what they think The Environmental Department does, we mostly heard – “You deal with the ENVIRONMENT”. And of course, that is only part of the answer.
This year, during the Covid-19, we have had the opportunity to re assess our priorities, get better organized and set forth a plan that will not only help save our “environmental surroundings” – but safeguard them for future generations to enjoy, manage and hopefully pass on to our great, great grandchildren - better than we found it.
We as the Chemehuevi Nation, must be united as we work together to not only make lasting improvements, but to ensure that all we do (and as we achieve each task), we keep in mind the soil, air and many plants and animals with whom we share our beautiful desert kingdom. That as the guardian of our ENVIRONMENT we are solution providers with a united purpose.
The History or our people and the lands we have inhabited have changed many times, and through the years we have learned to adapt. As our neighbors in the region plan to grow their desert cities, we must take the lead in educating and encouraging them to work with all of us in protecting OUR ENVIRONMENT.
In today’s world, the GROWING DESERT is affected by Global Warming. Even small changes in temperature and precipitation can drastically impact the plants and animals in our little part of the Mojave Desert. It is predicted that as global warming continues, desert areas will expand.
Human activity is one the greatest challenges in containing “desertification”. As people look for better places to live and desert communities seek to “grow” buy building more, their demand for land and water become serious obstacles in overcoming the threats they present to all of us.
The advent of global warming continues to increase drought and wildfires. In so doing, they alter the landscape in many ways, including slow-growing trees and shrubs, and the death to wildlife animals and plants and eroding resourceful soil.
The planting of non-native plants and irrigation used to enrich crop fields lead to high salt levels in the soil and into our river and water that such high salt levels become too high to support indigenous plant life. Grazing animals too, are known to destroy many native plants and kill desert animals.
Off-road vehicles, when used irresponsibly, cause irreparable damage to our desert land and habitats. The use of gas and oil carelessly by any and all of us, also present long lasting negative effects to our ENVIRONMENT.
We at The Environmental Department are learning and developing creative and cost-effective ways to slow, if not stop, the abuse we have been witnessing of our sacred lands. We know firsthand that the most effective way to make long lasting change is through community education, awareness, action, and participation.
YOUR PARTICIPATION in projecting with us the importance of a pristine environments is the first step.
The Tribal Environmental Program Director is Raymond Mejia and the Deputy Director is Lex Koscielak. Our outreach is administered by Sheridan Silversmith.
Contact the department for any environmental concerns at 760-858-1140.
Preserving Our Desert Land
Two 100-watt incandescent bulbs switched off an extra two hours per day could save your $15.00 over a year.
Single south-facing window can illuminate 20 to 100 times its areas. Turning off one 60 watt bulb for 4 hours a day is a $9.00 over a years time.
Turn of ceiling lights and use table lights., track lighting and under counter lights in work and hobby areas, as well as in kitchen.
Hot water is expensive. If two people in your home cut their shower time by a minute each, you could save $30.00 over a years time.
Reduce your hot water usage by 5% to save about $19.00
Fixing a hot water leak in your faucet can save up to $9.00 per year in energy costs.
If you are still using that old desktop, recycle it and switch to your laptop. If you use your laptop two hours per day, you will save $4.00 over a year!
Turn off that old window unit air conditioner for 5 hours a day while you are away. Do that for 60 days over the summer and you will save $16.00
Recycle or donate your old tv, even if you are using it an hour a day, that 42" LCD is costing you $6.00 per year!
If you have electric heat, lower your thermostat by two degrees to save 5% on your heating bill. Lowering 5 degrees could save 10%
Promote airflow through your home and block the afternoon sun. You could save up to $10.00 (2 fans) or $45.00 (one window unit/ac) during the summer.
Avoid using the oven in summer-try salads, smoothies or barbecue. You will reduce the heat in your home and save on your home cooling costs.
Cut one load of wash per week, even if you're only using cold water only, and you could save $18.00 per year on your laundry costs.
Hang dry your laundry. If you do 8 loads of laundry a week and use your clothe line for 50% of those clothe, you can save $65.00 per year.
A dry towel added to your dryer load can significantly reduce drying times. If you're doing seven loads a week this could save you $27.00 a year.
Keep your fridge and freezer at their ideal temperature. For your fridge this is between 2*C and 3*C and your freezer should be at -18*C
Unplug that second fridge and save up to $55 a year. Freeze plastic jugs of water and use them in a cooler when you need them.
That heat-dry setting is expensive. De-select it and, based on one load of dishes a day, save up to $27 for the year.
A microwave takes 15 minutes to do the same job as 1 hour in an oven. Use a microwave instead of your oven 4 times a week and save $13 a year.