The Environmental Department exists to protect the quality of the water, land, and natural resources of the Red Cliff Tribe. The department aims to increase the capacity of the Tribe to assure a healthy environment for its membership by identifying program needs, developing proposals for environmental grants, implementing projects, and managing environmental work in cooperation with an array of outside agencies.
The Environmental Department houses a variety of programs, which in turn administer services that directly benefit the Red Cliff community. The Environmental Department is managed by the Environmental Program Director who oversees the Water Resource Program, Air Quality, Red Cliff Transfer Station, Lake Superior Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP), Environmental Health and previously the Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program (NALEMP).
Examples of current and recent projects include: Lake Superior Barrels Project, riparian buffer restoration and water quality monitoring; pet waste stations, hazardous waste disposal events, food safety permitting, PSA weather announcements, annual spring clean-up, reseeding of the wild rice stands on Raspberry River, clean-up of beaches and areas surrounding water bodies (ongoing), annual Watershed Symposium, Mining Summit, environmental outreach and education, workshops, and coordination with a variety of programs within the Tribe to promote sustainable practices.