EPA Introduction

The Tribal Environmental Department

Mary Motola, Environmental Director and Cultural Specialist
USEPA Regional Administrator, Mr. Jared Blumenfeld

The mission of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians Environmental Department (EPA) is to protect human health and safety, cultural resources, protecting and enhancing ecosystems and the natural environment on the Rancheria.

The Environmental Department was established in 1999 with the help of its first GAP grant from the USEPA. At the time it funded one staff, since then the department has expanded to four. The Environmental Department is unique from other departments as it services the land to protect and maintain for future generations.

The Tribe currently holds 169.34 acres in trust and 663.82 acres in fee. The fee lands are currently going through the Fee-To-trust process with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The Environmental Department is located in the Tribal Government Building (A1).

Environmental Department Works with the following issues:

  • Grants
  • Tribal Drinking Water Standards Ordinance
  • Water Quality & Quantity
  • Solid Waste & Recycling
  • Transfer Station Management
  • Hazardous Waste
  • Lands Management
  • Fee-To-Trust
  • Environmental Health & Food Safety
  • Tribal Building Ordinance
  • Safety Workplace Ordinance
  • Nonpoint Source Pollution Control
  • Air
  • Renewable Energy
  • Fuels Reduction
  • Environmental Justice
  • Cultural Preservation
  • Cultural Monitoring
  • Grazing
  • Emergency Management
  • GIS/GPS
  • UST/AST
  • Wetlands
  • Waste Water & NPDES
  • Chukchansi Nature Trail & Environmental Education
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Transportation Planning
  • RTOC
  • Fishing License