Laura Medvin, Manager
1937 Prosperity Street
Reno, NV 89502
Phone: (775) 785-1363, ext. 5408
Bhie Cie N. Ledesma, Environmental Specialist II
Phone: (775) 785-1363, ext. 5407
Fax: (775) 789-5652
The Environmental Program is charged to protect the environment, health, and safety of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony by providing technical assistance to RSIC departments, and providing training to staff and residents. The program will develop base line data with respect to air quality, develop air quality permitting program and expand monitoring to other air quality constituents as needed. It ensures enforcement of environmental statutes, regulations, ordinances, resolutions, policies, and permits relating to the protection of the environment. The staff continuously works on inventories, assessments, and investigations to identify and address environmental quality issues.
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Below is a link to a free widget from the Environmental Protection Agency which allows you to see real-time air quality data. Children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to air pollution, which can harm their lungs and hearts. The Air Quality Index helps you track when the air pollution levels are in an unhealthy range so you can modify activities as necessary to protect your health.
Some specific information about some of the Environmental Program’s initiatives are outlined below.
RSIC Christmas Tree Collection
The Environmental Program works with the Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB) campaign to promote the collection of Christmas trees during the season. These trees are turned into mulch and used in Reno area parks.
Yearly the KTMB takes the lead in organizing this event at no charge. The Environmental Program provides a collection service for the RSIC Hungry Valley Community to assist residents as needed.
In addition the Environmental Program works with the RSIC Public Works department to complete a thorough collection of Christmas trees.
Hungry Valley Air Quality Monitoring Station (HVAQS)
The Environmental Program has been able to develop an Air Quality program through securing U.S. EPA Clean Air Act (CAA) grant for the past several years.
Currently the CAA program is staffed with one Air Quality Specialist who provides oversight of the program. This staff person also conducts data collection from the station, provides maintenance to the station, promotes and develops public information programs and educational programs geared to the RSIC youth community. This program continues to be developed.
In 2013 the Environmental Program was a recipient of a Youth Garden Award grant from the National Gardening Association. This grant award has been partially utilized to improve the Youth Garden area. RSIC is developing plans to further utilize this grant in other RSIC garden areas.
Oil Recycling at Pow Wow
The Environmental Program introduced cooking oil recycling or rendering to the NUMAGA Days Pow Wow event in 2014.