Since 1978, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has participated in a Pesticide Cooperative Agreement with the EPA, under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The DENR also works with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture to cover necessary areas of cooperation involving applicator certification, pesticide enforcement, and prosecution of Tribal and state violators. The Pesticide Circuit Riders are credentialed and are authorized to conduct inspections in the areas of Commercial and private pesticide use (general and restricted), marketplace surveillance, and certification maintenance. The Pesticide Circuit Rider Program has agreements in place with eight other Tribes within US EPA Region 8 territory to perform inspections on those reservations.
Another aspect of the Pesticide Circuit Rider Program is Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in schools. The Pesticide Outreach Specialist conducts voluntary assessments at daycares, headstarts, and schools to assess whether or not the facility has a pest problem. After the assessment is complete, a report is compiled detailing problem areas and suggestions on ways to improve problem areas.
If you have concerns about anything related to pesticides (i.e. spray drift, spills, storage, pest control, etc.) contact the DENR immediately.