Pala’s Annual Water Quality Report

Every year, all public waters supply systems must develop and send out a CCR (Consumer Confidence Report), which describes the water quality of their system’s tap water. This report must be delivered by June 30th of each year. The report covers Pala’s drinking (tap) water quality from January 1st, 2017 to December 31st, 2017. We had no violations last year, as you can see from the chart on pages 4 through 7. Click here to access the report, which is posted on the Pala tribe website. You can also find it in the Documents section of the Pala website.

Also, if you live outside of Pala, look for your own CCR’s either in your water billing statements or on your water district’s website (see below for maps of other local water districts in case you are unsure of the district you live in). If anyone wants help finding/reading the results of their own water district, feel free to come by the Pala Environmental Department office in the Administration Building and we will be glad to help you find and read your own CCR.

If you have any questions about Pala’s water quality, please feel free to call or email our water quality specialist, Heidi Brow, at 760-891-3514 or hbrow@palatribe.com.

 

Bee Smart, Bee Safe

Bees – honeybees, bumblebees, and other native bees – are critical to healthy wildlands and crop production. Normally, bees in the garden are not a problem. But… large swarms can be dangerous! Even a single sting can be dangerous to someone with allergies to bee venom.
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Fall Projects at PED

As we head into fall, the Pala Environmental Department is working on several projects that benefit our community. One new project we are working on involves the Pala Transfer Station. This is where most of the reservation’s waste gets handled. It costs a lot of money for the hard-working crew at Pala Tribal Services to pick up everybody’s trash, and even more money has to be spent on hauling all that waste to the landfill. In addition, a lot of what we throw away can be reused or recycled. With that in mind, the Transfer Station is expanding its capacity to accept materials such as mixed recyclables, reusable construction materials, and clothing and furniture donations. Soon, we also hope to begin a food-waste reduction and composting program. We will be working with Pala residents to help them separate food scraps from regular trash. We will take those scraps to the Transfer Station and turn them into a rich organic compost for gardens and landscapes. By reducing the amount of stuff we throw away, we not only save money on disposal fees; we also help save the planet! Click here to learn more about what you can recycle at the Transfer Station.

Another area where PED is working hard is climate change adaptation. We have all noticed that the temperatures are getting warmer and the weather is getting weirder. The consequences of climate change can include drought, more severe storms and unpredictable weather events, habitat degradation, impacts to wildlife, and increased risks to human health and safety. We are working on a climate change vulnerability assessment that will lead to a climate change adaptation plan for Pala. Soon we will be asking Pala residents to help us out by completing a survey about your biggest environmental concerns. Look for it either in the mail, at General Council meetings, or at a link on the PED website.

If you would like to be notified of the latest news from PED, you can always visit the website. If you want to be added to our email list, please send an email to ped@palatribe.com and put “PED mailing list” in the subject line. This is a great way to reduce our use of paper! It will allow you to receive the PED newsletter, announcements, and other important PED information electronically.

We love talking to people, so call or come by the office any time!

Pala’s Drinking Water Quality

Every year, the Pala Environmental Department is required to release a report on the quality of Pala’s drinking water. We are happy to share this year’s report with you, which you should also be receiving in the mail if you are a Pala resident. Click on the link to 2014 Pala CCR or on the images below to view the report. If you have any questions, you can contact our Water Quality Specialist, Heidi Brow.

2014 Pala CCR

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