Environmental Protection Department

EPD Staff


Din e a mete ma- “Remember Mother Earth”

As water is the substance of life so is our beloved Mother Earth. Our responsibilities are to protect the two legged, four legged, the winged ones, the one’s that crawl on their belly, human health, land, air and water by developing environmental laws and regulations with a commitment to the tribal membership, sustainability, partnership and restoration.

We strive to collaborate with the members and departments of Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians to protect and restore the environmental health of the reservation in a culturally sensitive manner. The department will collaborate with federal, state, and local agencies as well as other tribes to procure funding for the benefit of the environment and health of the Reservation and to ensure that Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians is made aware of important decisions and issues which may impact the reservation or its members.


The Coyote Valley Environmental Protection Department is active in water quality testing, stream monitoring, solid waste planning and implementation, invasive species monitoring, planning for native species protection, environmental health outreach, youth intern training, drought and hazard mitigation planning, as well as collaborating with other departments to meet the needs and concerns of the human and environmental health of the members, residents, guest and employees of Coyote Valley Reservation. The department is currently working on a large scale restoration project under a number of different grants that will improve fish habitat and provide disaster mitigation. The implementation phase is scheduled to start in the summer of 2019. The will begin expanding data analysis and mapping through a new grant in 2019. The department is continually expanding its programs. Other needs are addressed as they arise. We have many visions for the future including greening of the offices and increased outreach and participation from the members and residents.

The environmental department is funded primarily through support from the US Environmental Protection Agency in the form of the Indian General Assistance Program, clean water act 106 & 319 programs.

Emily Luscombe

EPD Director, since 2014

Emily has been with the department since August 2013. She is from Mendocino County and did a specialized program in Environmental Sciences in high school focusing on the bioregions of the area. After high school she attended Connecticut College and obtained a BA Degree in Environmental Studies and Anthropology in 2000. She worked as an Arboretum Assistant with a botanical focus before going to Flinders University of South Australia to work on her Masters of Environmental Management Degree awarded in 2005. In Australia she worked in the environmental field as an Environmental Project Officer for a large packaging company, working on environmental education and doing field work on invasive species. Emily is a certified drinking water and wastewater operator and is currently working on higher level certifications in both of these disciplines. Currently she is writing and managing the department grants, working under all of the programs, and working toward a more sustainable future.

Owen Knight

Environmental Specialist, since 2018

Owen started as the Environmental Specialist in September 2018. He had previously been with the department as a Youth Worker during the summer while in high school. Owen has also worked as a Cultural Monitor for few years and has maintained an interest in the environment. Currently he is training in all areas of the department’s grants.

Ashley Pulawa

Administrative Assitant/Technician, since 2014

Ashley is a tribal member and joined the department in September 2014 and has been working on administrative duties as well as training for more environmental technician duties. She has been working a lot on outreach for both the Clean Water Programs and our General Assistance Program. She is eager to learn more about the environment and move in to more duties in the future.


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