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What is Salmonella?

Salmonella is a bacteria that can make people ill and usually results in diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal cramps for as long as a week.

How Does Salmonella Spread to Humans from Chickens?

-Salmonella infection occurs when bacteria enter the mouth.

-It is common to think that Salmonella infection only results from eating undercooked eggs or poultry, but live chickens can carry the bacteria as well.  Humans can become infected with Salmonella by touching chickens (feathers, beaks, and feet) or anything in their environment (bird droppings, cages, coops, feed or water dishes, hay, plants, and soil).

-Children age 5 or younger with immature immune systems, adults age 65 or older, and sick people with weak immune systems are more susceptible to severe Salmonella infection.

Tips for Preventing Salmonella Infection

-ALWAYS wash your hands with soap and hot water after touching chickens or anything in their living area (including eggs).

-DO NOT touch your mouth after snuggling chickens and DO NOT kiss chickens.

-Children 5 or younger, adults 65 or older, and sick people should not handle chickens.

-DO NOT let chickens into your house, especially not on food contact surfaces.

-Use a separate pair of shoes designated for outside use only when caring for chickens.

-DO NOT eat or drink in or around chickens’ living areas.

-Clean chicken feed or water containers outside only and regularly clean coop to reduce feces and dirt on eggs.

-Clean dirty eggs with sandpaper, a bush, or a dry cloth.  DO NOT wash eggs with COLD water because this can flush bacteria off the shell into the egg.


Outdoor Animal Safety:

Its getting to be that time of year.  Cold wet weather with the snow not far away.

Please make sure your outside animals have adequate food , water and shelter for the season. 

The Environmental Department again has bales of straw for sale at $ 3 each. 

Please call Steve at 869.4571 to arrange a time to come and pick it up bales between regular business hours. We are located at the Little Bear Development Center.






Natural Areas News

On^yote?a ka Lake: 

Annual closing of upper lot and restroom facility- 

Once again in the winter season the the upper parking lot and bathrooms will be closed beginning Dec 1 . There will be no snow removal on the upper lot over winter. Ice fishers can access the lake at the lower lot/boat landing. The bathrooms and changing rooms will be locked over winter and reopen April 1.

Oneida Lake bath house will be closed for season Dec 1 - Apr 1.

Oneida Lake bath house will be closed for season Dec 1 – Apr 1.

Check out the On^yote?a ka Lake our newest Natural Area!   OneidaLakePamphlet


No Smoking

The Environmental Resource Board recently met to address a number of concerns and complaints to EHSD and ERB concerning smoking on the beach and near the restroom at Onyata’a:ka Lake,  as well as complaints concerning cigarette butts disposed of on the beach and in the lake.  The Board agreed that smoking should not be allowed in the areas most frequented by families and children.  As of August 22, 2016 there will be No Smoking allowed within 30 feet of the beach and the restrooms.  Smoking is still allowed in other areas of the lake.  Please be respectful and dispose of your butts properly.No Smoking

Enjoying your visit to Onyota’a:ka Lake 

The Oneida community has been enjoying many of the recreational properties of the Oneida Reservation this summer, including the new Onyota’a:ka Lake. As part of the efforts to keep the property safe and enjoyable for all users the Onyota’a:ka Lake team would like remind all that the use of alcohol and fireworks/open fires is prohibited and there is no smoking on or near the beach and restrooms. The lake, as well as all Oneida recreational areas, belongs to the community to be shared, and the opportunities for activities are to be enjoyed in a respectful manner. Additionally, camping and use of any motor vehicles on grounds is prohibited. The Onyota’a:ka Lake team is pursuing further expansion of the property and amenities, which will include playground equipment and complete camping opportunities as the lake site continues to develop in the future. Violations of any of these prohibitions, or others including leaving trash, bringing pets or damage to property may carry forfeitures of $300 – $900. We thank everyone for responsibly sharing the recreational areas, and invite youth and elders, families and friends to enjoy the scenic landscapes. The Oneida Nation has many resources and strives to create a beautiful and healthy environment for our community. Yaw^ko and enjoy your visit!

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North County Rd U south of Shady Lane:

The DOT has partnered with Oneida for a 74 acre wetland mitigation on County Hwy U
 DOT Wetland Mitigation Bank


Public Notice


TERP Public Record

The Tribal Environmental Response Program public record  is a record of sites where activities have been overseen by the TERP. This record includes the general site location, date of TERP notification to, type of TERP response, material released, environmental impact, and TERP actions. This record also provides a listing of “historical sites” that are frequently brought to the attention of the TERP.

TERP Public Record 2017/2018

State Farm Grazing Project

Many questions have come up about the project at the former State Farm on County Road U.

Please see the fact sheet below for more information. Click here for a printable version of the fact sheet.  

This project will benefit Oneida by:
Permanent pasture and grazing will improve soil and plant health by promoting uptake of water and nutrients by plants; and minimize surface runoff containing soil and nutrients. By using the land for grazing instead of row cropping, the smell of manure will be minimized because there will no longer be manure spreading taking place. These practices will also enhance the protection of the nearby trout stream (Trout Creek) and help the Oneida Nation move towards food sovereignty.


Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)


CWD was first detected in Wisconsin in 2002 and has the potential for a significant, negative impact on the health of the deer population and deer harvesting.  Minimizing the spread of this contagious disease a responsible goal for natural resource management.

In alignment with this goal, please see the NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DEER HARVEST DISPOSAL for the 2019 harvest season.

FAQ CWD 2019 



CWD is an undeniable threat to our deer and elk populations. Read more about the disease and how it is transmitted, risks to human health, and prevention methods you can take here:

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Oneida Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) 2018-2022

This plan identifies health priorities, goals, and strategies that build the foundation for a healthier community. As a participating partner in the Oneida Community Health Improvement Plan, EHSLD endorses this plan and is committed to improve health in the Oneida Community.


Please click on the link below to review the 2018-2022 Oneida Community Health Improvement Plan:


Backyard Chicken Safety

Safe Handling of Harvest Vension

It is important to control the temperature of harvested game and take steps to minimize cross contamination while field dressing deer.  Make sure to review the following information regarding safe handling of venison to limit the growth of pathogens and prevent food borne illness this hunting season!


Carbon Monoxide-A Silent Killer



Carbon monoxide can be lethal. In the winter months, there is an increased risk of poisoning as appliances that use fuel are used more. Know signs of poisoning and take preventative measures to protect yourself and your family.


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