Home Interactive Map

From rain gardens to composting, the environment is at the forefront of our commitment to improving the lives of our residents and the surrounding communities. Find out more about our environmental projects and enterprises.

Map Pin
Dakotah Meadows RV Park
Map Pin
Dakotah! Sport and Fitness and Dakotah! Ice Center
Map Pin
Fleet Services
Map Pin
Hoċokata Ti
Map Pin
Land and Natural Resources Department
Map Pin
Little Six Casino
Map Pin
Mazopiya
Map Pin
Mdewakanton Public Safety
Map Pin
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel & Mystic Lake Center
Map Pin
Natural Areas
Map Pin
Playworks
Map Pin
Public Works and Property Services
Map Pin
Shakopee Dakota Convenience Store #1
Map Pin
Shakopee Dakota Convenience Store #2
Map Pin
SMSC Organics Recycling Facility
Map Pin
SMSC Water Bottling and Water Reclamation Facility
Map Pin
South Area Water Treatment Plant
Map Pin
The Meadows at Mystic Lake
Map Pin
Water Management
Map Pin
Wozupi Tribal Gardens
Dakotah Meadows RV Park

The Dakotah Meadows RV Park encourages its guests to recycle with recycling bins strategically placed around the park.

Dakotah! Sport and Fitness and Dakotah! Ice Center

Dakotah! Sport and Fitness hosts a 32,000-square-foot green roof, 16 solar panels for solar water heating, rain gardens, and recycled benches, as well as 14,000 square feet of VAST permeable composite pavers installed along the parking lot center aisle and at the entrance of the facility. The pavers are made from 95% recycled tire rubber and plastics—every 1,000 square feet of VAST permeable composite pavers saves 500 scrap tires and 15,000 plastic bottles from landfills. All VAST permeable composite pavers can also be removed if needed, and recycled into new pavers.

Inside the ice center, waste heat is captured and reused to warm the ice rink seating. The rain gardens surrounding Dakotah! Sport and Fitness prevent stormwater runoff and provide a habitat for butterflies and other pollinators. From atop its green roof, you can see the many skylights built to maximize natural light. LED lighting inside means energy usage is even further minimized. The enterprise’s deli staff work with MealConnect for food rescue, connecting surplus meals with food-insecure neighbors. In 2019, Dakotah! Sport and Fitness partnered with Mazopiya to donate nearly 3,000 meals to neighbors in need.

Fleet Services

The Fleet Services Department works to run vehicles as cleanly as possible by adhering to EPA standards and monitoring idling, speeding, and hard starts and stops through GPS to minimize unnecessary emissions. Gas golf carts used by valet at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel as well as Dakotah Meadows RV Park have also been replaced with electric carts.

Hoċokata Ti

Natural lighting and energy-efficient features are found throughout the building, including electrochromic, auto-tint SageGlass windows, which help reduce energy consumption. Around the building, there is also an abundance of restored prairie grasses.

Land and Natural Resources Department

The Land and Natural Resources Department works to conserve and restore hundreds of acres of forests, woodlands, prairies, and wetlands each year. Since 1999, we have restored nearly 1,000 acres of prairie on SMSC lands.

Little Six Casino

In 2019, 76% of all waste at Little Six Casino was diverted from the landfill. The Little Six Restaurant kitchen has also been working with a company called Leanpath® since June 2019 to track pre-consumer food waste. As a result, the culinary team has developed efficient ways to use certain products, reduce wasted food, and save money.

Mazopiya

Mazopiya sells natural, organic foods, including produce from Wozupi Tribal Gardens. The store was built with geothermal climate control to minimize energy usage, and the pervious pavement surrounding the building prevents stormwater pollution. Mazopiya works with MealConnect for food rescue, reducing waste and connecting surplus meals with food-insecure neighbors. In 2019, Mazopiya donated 3,700 pounds of food to neighbors in need, the equivalent of 2,700 meals.

Mdewakanton Public Safety

Mdewakanton Public Safety uses solar water heating, and overlooks a wetland that the SMSC restored and protects. Its garden is also one of a kind.

Mystic Lake Casino Hotel

Sustainable transportation to Mystic Lake Casino Hotel is an important component of caring for the earth—electric car chargers and dedicated buses are available to guests, while employees are encouraged to participate in carpooling, dedicated bus routes, and metro bus pass programs.

Roughly 20 tons of obsolete building materials, such as plumbing and lighting fixtures, countertops, carpet, and wallpaper, have been donated to nonprofit organizations to date. Additionally, 80% of all waste from the 2019 Mystic Amphitheater events and Rib Fest was diverted from the landfills through recycling and composting. All disposables are recyclable or compostable. The casino floor converted all cups to a compostable option, and added recycling and composting containers throughout the casino in December 2019.

Mystic Lake Center

Electric car chargers await guests of Mystic Lake Center. Food waste and compostable disposables are available throughout Mystic Lake Center and are composted in the back of the house. Electrochromic, auto-tint SageGlass windows help reduce the building’s use of energy, enhances users’ comfort, and manages solar heat gains.

Natural Areas

SMSC lands provide a diverse array of habitats, including forests, prairies, and wetlands. The Land and Natural Resources Department works to conserve and protect these habitats by using holistic management practices, such as prescribed fire, grazing, and monitoring initiatives. This supports local plants, animals, and fish by providing healthy, functioning habitats.

Playworks and Playworks LINK Event Center

The rain gardens surrounding Playworks and the Playworks LINK Event Center prevent stormwater runoff and provide a habitat for butterflies and other pollinators. In the outdoor play area, gardens are cared for by the students all summer long. Playworks composts students’ food scraps, and provides each student with a lunch bag and reusable water bottle to further reduce paper and plastic waste. Cleaning crews also use environmentally friendly cleaning products.

Public Works and Property Services

To prevent salt pollution of our surface waters, all Public Works and Property Services snow plow drivers are trained and certified in “Smart Salting” by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Shakopee Dakota Convenience Store #1

The Shakopee Dakota Convenience Store recycles all car wash water from both of its car wash locations. The Shakopee Dakota Convenience Store car washes use far less water than a do-it-yourself wash in the driveway, and prevents the wash water from polluting our wetlands and waterways.

Shakopee Dakota Convenience Store #2

The Shakopee Dakota Convenience Store recycles all car wash water from both of its car wash locations. The Shakopee Dakota Convenience Store car washes use far less water than a do-it-yourself wash in the driveway, and prevents the wash water from polluting our wetlands and waterways. The Shakopee Dakota Convenience Store #2 also offers outdoor recycling for guests.

SMSC Organics Recycling Facility

The SMSC Organics Recycling Facility is on the south side of a large native prairie restored by the SMSC from agricultural land in recent years. Visitors from across the globe come to learn about composting science and practices. The facility’s shop roof features 144 solar panels to generate on-site electricity. The facility also takes in organics and recycles it into compost, compost blends, and mulch.

The SMSC Organics Recycling Facility offers free yard waste, Christmas tree, and jack-o-lantern recycling for area residents—material that often otherwise ends up in a landfill. Donations to schools and charitable organizations in need are also another way the facility demonstrates being a good neighbor.

SMSC Water Bottling

SMSC Water Bottling turns groundwater into drinking water, which is bottled and packaged on-site through a multistep purification process and reverse osmosis.

Water Reclamation Facility

The SMSC’s state-of-the-art Water Reclamation Facility has been recognized as a superior achievement in reducing environmental pollutants. The facility collects wastewater from across the SMSC to be treated for reuse as irrigation, allowing the Community to reduce groundwater withdrawal by about 35 million gallons a year. Staff also enjoy getting to know the new ducklings that hatch on this facility’s green roof each spring, before making their way to the nearby wetland that the SMSC restored.

South Area Water Treatment Plant

In 2019, the city of Prior Lake and the SMSC opened a joint water treatment facility. The South Area Water Treatment Plant serves both communities and treats up to 3.5 million gallons of water each day by removing iron and manganese from ground water.

The Meadows at Mystic Lake

Use of treated effluent water at the SMSC’s Water Reclamation Facility is used to irrigate The Meadows at Mystic Lake and other landscaped areas, which has reduced groundwater withdrawal by the SMSC by approximately 35 millions gallons a year. In addition, wildlife flock to the site of the effluent release, relishing the temperate water during the cold Minnesota winter when most other water bodies are frozen. The wetlands provide a home for Canada geese, muskrats, and mallards.

Water Management

The Land and Natural Resources Department helps care for the many lakes, ponds, streams, and wetlands which are present on SMSC lands. Activities include researching, monitoring, protecting, and improving these water features so that they continue to provide rich wildlife habitat and contribute to our Community’s well-being for generations to come.

Wozupi Tribal Gardens

At Wozupi Tribal Gardens, we grow certified organic vegetables, herbs, fruits, and plant starts. We maintain and harvest our own garden and orchard, beehives, and maple syrup, and staff compost on-site to help promote sustainability. In the sloped fields, we encourage native species to thrive along the tree lines and hedgerows around the gardens. On-site renewable energy generates from a windmill turbine and a sun-tracking solar panel.

Visitors come to learn about sustainable small-scale farming, native foods, winter vegetable production, and tribal food program design. Our excess produce is also donated to local food shelves.