Environmental Protection Agency
The Cahuilla Tribal Environmental Office was founded in 2005 and currently is 100% funded by grants, the General Assistance Program (GAP), Clean Water Act-106 (CWA-106) and Non-Point Source -319 (NPS-319). The CTEPO Office is currently staffed by an Environmental Director and an Environmental Officer. The CTEPO is committed to seeking out additional funding opportunities to support the environmental policies of the Tribe.
The Cahuilla Band of Indians is a sovereign entity that recognizes the importance of protecting and preserving its reservation's natural resources and of enacting environmental regulations. The Cahuilla Band of Indians recognizes that the lands of the Cahuilla reservation were created as a homeland for the Cahuilla people. While the Cahuilla Band recognizes that the lands and resources of the reservation will be used and developed for the benefit of the people, the Cahuilla Band also recognizes that such lands must be protected and preserved for future generations to come.
The Tribe on November 12, 2005 passed "An Ordinance by the Cahuilla Band of Indians in Preventing the Discharge of Pollutants into the Waters of the Cahuilla Reservation.” The Ordinance states in part that "it is the policy of the Tribe to protect the quality of surface waters and groundwater of the Reservation in order to support the efforts of the Tribe to pursue economic development, while safeguarding traditional waters, lands and the health and welfare of the Tribe."
Andrea Candelaria is a member of the Cahuilla Band of Indians. Andrea's childhood summers were spent in Cahuilla at the home of her grandparents, Mamie (Freeman) Lubo and Joseph Michael Lubo, those summers were spent with her siblings and cousins. She permanently moved back home to Cahuilla in 1980 where she raised her six children and where her eight grandchildren are being raised.
Living in Cahuilla, raising her children, has instilled in her a desire to stay engaged and committed in her duty to the Tribe. Her commitment has been put into action by serving Cahuilla for over 35 years in Tribal Government, which includes being elected to the Land Committee, Personnel Committee, Tribal Emergency Response Committee (TERC), as well as serving on various volunteer committees. Most recently she served a 4 year term as Vice Chairwoman for the Tribe and a 4 year term as the Domestic Violence advocate for the Cahuilla Consortium. She currently sits on the Election Committee, TERC, and Tribal Gaming Personnel.
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Stephanie Lara is the Water Quality Specialist for the Cahuilla Band of Indians. She collects and evaluates surface water quality properties around the Reservation. Additionally, she evaluates program statuses and reassess goals and objectives with the guidance of the Environmental Director, Environmental Officer, and the Tribal Council.
Stephanie completed the Mentoring Summer Research Program (MSRIP) with University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering where she worked with sewer water quality issues. Additionally, she completed the Western Riverside Council of Governments Fellowship where she was placed at Western Municipal WaterDistrict where she gained industry experience as a Program Specialist.
Stephanie continually strives to deliver the Tribe quality in service and sampling. During the summers Stephanie spent her time on her grandparent’s farm in Mexico where she was taught to appreciate nature and animals.
Stephanie is the oldest of two children with a younger brother who is in the Army. She grew up in Riverside County where she played soccer, tennis, and was a part of a marching band through her early college years. She likes to enjoy some downtime with her coworkers and department colleagues when possible. And on her free time, Stephanie enjoys hiking with friends and family.