Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

Santa Ynez, CA

Project Description:

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians (Tribe) reside on a 127-acre Reservation in the community of Santa Ynez, California, in Santa Barbara County. With Wallace Group’s expertise the Tribe has developed an extensive water reuse program over the past 14 years. In the early 2000s, the Tribe embarked upon a major expansion of their original casino on-Reservation, constructing the first Chumash Casino Report complex on the South Reservation. Wallace Group assisted the Tribe in permitting their first on-Reservation water reclamation plant, allowing the Tribe to discharge tertiary recycled water to the East Fork Zanja de Cota Creek (tributary to the Santa Ynez River), and to reuse the tertiary water on-Reservation. In 2004, the Tribe began producing tertiary recycled water on-Reservation for landscape irrigation, cooling tower makeup, and toilet flushing at the Chumash Resort, and has since expanded their recycled water program to include Park irrigation, and irrigation of properties outside of the Reservation boundary. Wallace Group designed the 4.4-acre Kittiyepumu Park on South Reservation, which utilizes recycled water for irrigation and includes native drought-tolerant landscaping. Wallace Group assisted Tribe over the years in the planning, development and design of the Tribe’s Cultural Museum Project, which will reside on 6.9 acres of Tribal trust lands north of the Casino Complex. Beyond these projects, Wallace Group has helped the tribe with numerous surveying and civil engineering support services throughout the years.

Project Highlights: Interview SGT

  • 4 acre recreation park
  • 6.9 parcel Cultural Museum
  • Casino Complex
  • Recycled Water


Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

Services Provided

Civil & Transportation Engineering
Landscape Architecture
Surveying / GIS Solutions
Water Resources
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