EMD Latest News and Information

The SEC (Sacramento Environmental Commision) grades the exposure level of Cyanobacteria in Sacramento area waterways.  

The Sacramento Environmental Commission (SEC) recently released a report grading the exposure level and possible health threats to people and pets from Cyanobacteria in Sacramento area waterways.  Click here to read their report.

EMD Makes a New Hazardous Materials Spill Reporting Video Available

This quick 2 minute video update explains when and how to report a hazardous materials spill.

Celebrating a Decade of Food Safety Placard Success

Over the last ten years, the County’s color-coded GYR placard system has become nationally recognized.  Click here to read the full story.

Charitable Foodservice for the Homeless

As many in the community seek to participate in efforts aimed at assisting those experiencing homelessness, the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department often receives inquiries regarding charitable foodservice for the homeless. Click here for more information.

Be Storm Ready

If you are prone to flooding during major storms - don't wait to get sandbags and other flood protection supplies.  For more information  Go to StormReady.org for more sandbag information and watch this short video.

Mobile Food Facility Green, Yellow, and Red Placarding Program Starts January 2017!

Effective January 1, 2017, the Green-Yellow-Red (GYR) placarding program will include food trucks, also known as Mobile Food Facilities (MFFs). Similar to the existing GYR placard program for fixed food facilities, the program will provide a clear and easily recognizable means of determining the food safety status of the MFF.  Click here for more information: English, Spanish.

Can Your Kitchen Pass Inspection?

You can prevent foodborne illness during the holidays with safe food handling practices at home. Take the EMD Home Kitchen Self-Inspection Quiz to see if your kitchen passes inspection. Once you pass, go ahead and proudly display your “Green” placard in your kitchen.  For the complete story, please see this Saccounty News item.

Addressing Potential Hazmat Emergencies

The Environmental Management Department (EMD) completed its CalOES grant- funded Area Plan Update for Emergency Response to Hazardous Materials Incidents in Sacramento County. Hazardous material emergencies may be the result of threatened releases, highway accidents, clandestine drug laboratories, train derailments, pipeline transportation accidents, fire and/ or spills at fixed facilities or even disasters. The Area Plan, a collaborative effort with a wide range of area stakeholders, describes the responsibilities of local, state and federal agencies during incidents involving the release and/ or threatened release of hazardous materials in Sacramento County. To learn more, go to the Incident Response Program page.

EMD Oversees Lead Cleanup at Mangan Park

The City of Sacramento has been working cooperatively with the County to carry out the corrective action directives. The City submitted cleanup work plans before the May 11 deadline and will implement mitigation measures upon EMD’s approval. By May 27, 2016, the City will also submit a site characterization plan that identifies additional soil testing to confirm the extent of the soil contamination outside of the Mangan Park Rifle and Pistol Range building. To learn more, go to the Mangan Park Lead Clean Up Project information page.

Organics Waste Law Effective April 1, 2016!

Per state law (AB 1826), businesses and multi-family complexes that generate 8 or more cubic yards of organic waste per week must start recycling organic waste beginning April 1, 2016.  Contact your waste hauler for details on how to comply.  For more information, see the Recycling Program page.

State Approves County Management Plan to Protect Public Health and Water

Sacramento County is the first county to receive approval from the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board for its plan to meet all new State regulatory and reporting requirements for septic systems. The State of California implemented a new policy to continue the protection of public health, ground water, surface water and the environment.  To comply with these new standards, all counties have been directed to develop a comprehensive Local Area Management Plan (LAMP) by May 2016.  This plan must meet numerous specific requirements. For more information please see this press release.

Blue-Green Algae – Education and Information

Blue-Green Algae are some of the oldest organisms on Earth and can be found in fresh- and salt-water bodies throughout the world. They prefer warm stagnant nutrient rich water and are found most often in ponds, lakes, and slow moving rivers. Some species of Blue-Green Algae produce powerful toxins which can be extremely harmful to humans, pets, and wildlife if ingested.  Certain times of the year when conditions are right (warm temperatures, low water flow, etc), the algae can bloom forming thick mats or crusts that rest on top of the water. Other species of Blue-Green Algae can cloud the water giving it a greenish to blue tint or a pea soup look.  Learn how to spot a harmful algae bloom and know what to do in case you, your children, or your pet come in contact with one. 

Blue Green Algae – Frequently Asked Questions                         

Blue Green Algae – Safe recreational water practices within Sacramento County

California Harmful Algal Bloom Portal - http://www.mywaterquality.ca.gov/habs/

Food Safety Awards of Excellence

The Sacramento County Environmental Management Department’s Environmental Health Division has issued 525 Awards of Excellence in Food Safety for 2016, which recognize operators of food establishments in Sacramento County who have exhibited excellent food safety and sanitation standards during their recent routine inspections.  Food establishments who qualify for this award are given a certificate that may be posted at their establishment signifying their accomplishment. for more details please visit the Awards of Excellence in Food web page.

EMD’s Abandoned Well Program Receives the CSAC Merit Award

Sacramento County Environmental Management Department (EMD) received the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Merit Award for an innovative program to identify and properly close abandoned water wells which are a hazard and a potential source of groundwater contamination. Wells constructed prior to the County’s permitting programs and now abandoned or improperly sealed are difficult to locate. This program uses a database management system with integrated GIS mapping along with public outreach to identify and properly address abandoned wells that pose a threat to groundwater quality and are a falling-in hazard to people and animals. As of June 2015, more than 770 abandoned wells have been identified.

EMD now takes VISA for payment

EMD now accepts VISA credit & debit cards for payment of all department fees in addition to Discover, MasterCard, American Express and electronic checks.

Hazardous Waste Generators: 2012 Questionnaire

Important information for Hazardous Waste Generators about the 2012 ID Number Verification Questionnaire and Manifest Fee Assessments sent by DTSC.

Food inspection website available designed for mobile devices.

Visit https://emdinspections.saccounty.net/food.aspx with your smart phone or tablet and view the inspection results for the food facilities in your immediate area! Visit EMD's new mobile web & app page for more information.

California Food Handler Card requirements:

View SB602 and 303 Food Handler Card FAQs. View list of approved providers. For more detailed information please visit the CCDEH Food Handler Card website (opens in new browser tab.).

Abandoned Well Identification Project Now in Progress!

EMD is asking for your help in identifying abandoned wells in Sacramento County. Visit the Abandoned Wells Program page for more information.

View USDA Well Destruction Video YouTube