Environmental Services

Environmental Services

The Catawba Indian Reservation is located in the Piedmont (foothill) region of South Carolina in York County which is along the northern border of the State. The Reservation is characterized by rolling hills and wooded areas.   It is composed of two tracts of land, The Old Reservation and Green Earth.  Each of these is bordered on one side by the Catawba River.  The section of the Catawba River bordering the reservation is part of the 30 miles of river officially designated by the State of South Carolina as a Scenic River.

The Environmental Services Department is in the process of developing and improving many programs directly affecting the health and protection of both the physical environment, and of the people residing on the Catawba Indian Reservation.  Included in these are the development and expansion of an Air Quality Program, a Water Quality Program, an Emergency Preparedness Program, a Natural Resource Management Program, and the Community Water and Sewage Program.  Through these programs, and others, we are proud to continue the tradition of being the stewards of our environment.

We look forward to providing updates on these programs to the public, and welcome input and comments that would be helpful in protecting and benefiting from the pristine beauty and bountiful environment of our lands.

For more information please contact:

Darin Steen – Environmental Services Director

Scott Hansen – Environmental Specialist

Emergency Preparedness

Preparedness is defined by DHS/FEMA as “a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action in an effort to ensure effective coordination during incident response.”

The environmental services department is in charge of preparing for emergencies in our community. Some of these activities include: acquiring emergency response equipment and supplies; training staff and community members in disaster response; identifying and equipping emergency shelter space; coordinating and hosting drills and exercises; and creating emergency response plans to protect tribal community members, tribal property and natural resources.

What can you do?

Are you prepared to make it on your own for a few days in the event of an emergency? Simple preparations today can keep you safe during a disaster or emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours or it might take days.

  • Make a family emergency communication plan and include your pets.
  • Identify an out of town emergency contact to coordinate information with family/friends.
  • Check on neighbors.
  • Keep an emergency kit wherever you spend time: home, car, work etc.
  • Download the FEMA App and set up local alerts
  • Listen to local officials by radio, TV, or social media and take action.
  • Practice your preparedness plans with a drill or exercise.
  • Take a first aid class so you can help until first responders arrive.
  • Build a 72 hour survival kit, visit this https://www.ready.gov/kit to see a list of suggested items to include

For more tips and information on preparedness you can visit www.ready.gov

Contact Darin Steen at 366-4792 for more information.