Office of the Environment


Upcoming Events

Community Clean-Up Day

Old Firefly Creek Casino Parking Lot

June 3 9AM-2PM

Pick-up provided to Elders within a 5-mile radius. Call 320-564-6332 by June 2 at 4PM to schedule a pick-up.

Community Members (within the 15 mile radius) may deliver items to drop-off site.


Current Projects

Oak Savanna and Prairie Management

The battle with invasive species, namely buckthorn creates a challenge to restore prairies to what they were once like. Our Oak Savanna project currently is focusing on eliminating the buckthorn out of the site through prescribed burning, mowing, spraying, and eventual seeding of native prairie grasses.

Water Quality Monitoring

The Office of the Environment samples various locations throughout the Community including groundwater springs, Hazel Creek, and the Minnesota River. These samples are analyzed for a variety of contaminants and pollutants. This data is used to observe trends and concerns in the watershed. The main source of pollution is the nutrients from the heavy agricultural land use surrounding the area.  The Minnesota River’s pollution levels are a concern to local anglers. You will find a fish consumption guide for the River in close proximity to the Community.

Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Mitigation

The Community received funding from the settlement to purchase a new propane truck that has better diesel emission controls in place.

  • VW Settlement Environmental Air Quality

    • NTAA: Volkswagen Settlement

Minnesota River Fish Consumption Guidelines

 

 Click Here for the Local Weather Station

Recent Newsletters Items: (Click on Topic)

· Burning                                                    

· Ticks

· Tribal Air Journal

     


Staff:

Amanda Wold
Environmental Director
Direct: (320) 564-6337 Mobile: (320) 321-3303

Dan Schacht
Environmental Assistant
Direct: (320) 564-6368 Mobile: (320) 226-2521


Upper Sioux Community
5722 Travers Lane • P.O. Box 147
Granite Fall, Minnesota 56241