To report a release or spill, call the Lower Brule Environmental Protection Office at 1-605-473-0163 during regular office hours (8:00 am to 4:30 pm CST). To report a release or a spill after hours please call 1-605-473-5444 (the Lower Brule Police Department).
Other useful numbers include:
The National Response Center........................................1-800-424-8802
South Dakota Department of Natural Resources (DENR)....1-605-773-3296 (after hours)...1-605-773-3231
If you have any questions concerning the reporting of releases or spills, please contact George Honeywell
at 1-605-473-0163 or e-mail George at ghoneywell@LBST-EPO.org
Backyard burning is a type of open burning that is common on Reservations. It typically involves the burning of household waste in a burn barrel or open pit. In addition to being a fire hazard, it is a source of dangerous pollutants, including dioxins, particulate matter, lead, mercury, and hexachlorobenzene. As a result, backyard burning is now the nation's largest quantified source of dioxins.
For these reasons, The Solid Waste Program recommends the using one of our 66 dumpsters located around Lower Brule and the Reservation rather than backyard burning. There are many good reasons to discontinue backyard burning. Please do your part to eliminate or discourage this dangerous practice and help keep the air clean. For more information please see:
U.S. EPA Backyard Burning home page
Hidden Hazards of Backyard Burning
Nonpoint source (NPS) pollution, unlike pollution from industrial and sewage treatment plants, comes from many diffuse sources. NPS pollution is caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over and through the ground. As the runoff moves, it picks up and carries away natural and human-made pollutants, finally depositing them into lakes, rivers, wetlands, coastal waters, and even our underground sources of drinking water. These pollutants include:
Excess fertilizers, herbicides, and insecticides from agricultural lands and residential areas;
Oil, grease, and toxic chemicals from urban runoff and energy production;
Sediment from improperly managed construction sites, crop and forest lands, and eroding streambanks;
Salt from irrigation practices and acid drainage from abandoned mines;
Bacteria and nutrients from livestock, pet wastes, and faulty septicsystems;
Atmospheric deposition and hydromodification are also sources of nonpoint source pollution.