EMD Latest News and Information

EMD will host Well Inactivation Permit Term Change Workshops March 21 – March 28


Owners workshop info

Contractors workshop info

EMD will be hosting four public workshops to discuss a proposed change to the County Well Ordinance, two workshops for well owners and two workshops for well contractors.  The proposal is to change the term of well inactivation permits from 2 years to 5 years.  See the attached flyer for more details and workshop dates.

Making changes to Your Food Facility? New video explains EMD requirements.


Are you making changes to your food facility? Make sure your changes meet EMD requirements before you start.  If you are adding new equipment, service areas (e.g. bar) or making menu changes, check with EMD first.  This video explains what types of changes may require plan review and how to get it approved.

Handwashing prevents illness campaign

Hand Washing 

Who wants to get sick? The power to avoid illness is in your hands… with some soap… So, remember to wash your hands frequently with soap for 20 seconds. This is still one of the best ways to prevent the spread of disease. http://www.dhhs.saccounty.net/PUB/Pages/PUB-Home.aspx

Annual SepticSmart Week - September 18-22, 2017


SepticSmart Week focuses on educating homeowners and communities on the proper care and maintenance of their septic systems. Each day, new information, tips, and resources will be posted to the EMD Facebook page. Common in rural areas without public sewer service, septic systems are underground wastewater treatment structures that use a combination of nature and time-tested technology to treat wastewater from household plumbing produced by bathrooms, kitchen drains, and laundry.  Proper maintenance of septic systems help to save you money, protect your property value, and keeps you and your neighbors healthy. What does EMD do to protect public health and the environment? EMD issues permits and conducts inspections to ensure the proper installation, repair, and modification of septic systems in Sacramento County, including the unincorporated area and all incorporated cities. For more information, download the Homeowner's Guide for Septic Systems or visit EMD’s Septic System Program page.

EMD recognizes Food Safety Excellence

The Sacramento County Environmental Management Department recognizes the remarkable food safety efforts of 676 local food businesses.  Of the 676 recognized, one establishment from each supervisorial district has been chosed to receive their award at the Board of Supervisors meeting, Sept 12.  Read More here

River and Recreational Water – Know Your Risk


It is important to know that our creeks, streams and rivers are an open resource to the public, animals and waterfowl. Recreational water is considered non-potable (not to be ingested) and has an inherent risk of transitory contamination from such contaminates as algae and E. coli (bacteria in the waste of animals/birds/humans) that can make you sick. Anyone visiting a body of recreational water should never ingest/drink the water and should always shower after. If people suspect they have gotten sick after swimming in rivers and streams in Sacramento County they should report it to Sacramento County Division of Public Health at 916-875-5881 so that the source of the illness can be investigated.

The SEC (Sacramento Environmental Commission) 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.   Read their report here .

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.

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 related to soil contamination outside of the Mangan Park Rifle and Pistol Range building and in the Mangan neighborhood.  To learn more, go to the Mangan Park Lead Clean Up Project information 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.

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

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/