"The Otoe-Missouria Environmental Department was established to protect the environment and conserve natural resources within Tribal jurisdiction."The Otoe-Missouria Environmental Department (OMED) utilizes the Water Pollution Control Program (WPCP) to collect baseline data on surface water. This means OMED collects water samples, the water samples are tested for water quality and contaminants. The results of these tests are collected and compared to previous tests to look for any change in water quality. Further, OMED stores the information to compare to future results.
The OMED utilizes the General Assistance Program (GAP) to help build the capacity of the environmental department through training, education, and technical assistance.
Other Services the OMED provide include:
- Hunting/Fishing License Issuance
- GPS Mapping of Jurisdictional Landmarks, Cultural Sites, Illegal Dumpsites, and other Mapping as needed
- Establishing Codes for Regulation of Environmental Standards, Natural Resource Conservation, and Environmental Protection- Recycling
The EPA is celebrating Earth Day this year by creating a compilation video of 10 second clips submitted by people from all over the country saying "It's My Environment!" in many different languages. The Otoe-Missouria Environmental Department, the Otoe-Missouria Language Department, the Otoe-Missouria Youth Leadership Department and the Public Information Office created a 10 second clip featuring three Youth Leadership Students recycling. The clip was included in the 2011 EPA Earth Day video. The sign reads and the students are saying "It's My Environment!" in Otoe. The Otoe-Missouria Youth Leadership Students have assisted in recycling cans and bottles at many different events on campus including all four days of the Otoe-Missouria Summer Encampment.