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Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Environmental Programs Department

Jeremy Wade Shockley | Southern Ute Drum


The mission of the Environmental Programs Department is to make available the resources needed to protect the health, welfare, and environment of the Tribal membership and the Reservation.


Air Quality Division

The Air Quality Division is dedicated to ensuring that the air on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation remains clean and safe for Tribal Members and residents, now and into the future. This is being done through monitoring of air quality, permitting and compliance monitoring of large pollution sources, emissions inventories, and continued research of air pollution and its sources.

The Water Quality & Remediation Division

The Water Quality & Remediation Division strives to protect and improve the quality of surface waters and assess and remediate potentially hazardous sites within the Southern Ute Indian Reservation.

Environmental Leadership and Knowledge Seminar – ELKS

The Environmental Leadership and Knowledge Seminar (ELKS) provides local tribal youth the opportunity to engage in hands-on science experiments and activities to learn more about our environment. ELKS aims to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders and scientists in our community.