San Mateo County attended a statewide conference in early November and came back with two awards we are very proud to share!
In honor of tomorrow (October 5) being “National Do Something Nice Day,” Environmental Health Services (EHS) is relaying answers to some of its most frequently asked questions from the public and businesses.
From food inspections to hazardous waste dumping and everything in between, read on for useful tips that may come in handy in the future.
Staff spent two hours working with the San Mateo County Parks Department to remove invasive species like Cape Ivy, Radish and Poison Hemlock from taking over local native plant habitats covering over a quarter acre.
We thoroughly enjoyed being outside despite the dreary weather.
Check out some of our photos below:
Unwanted pests can create health risks for people. Cockroaches and rodents can cause allergies and asthma in children. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a less-toxic pest control method that reduces and prevents pest safely by denying them what they need to infest: shelter, food and water. These creepy uninvited pests need notice-you’re in charge and they’re not welcome! Here’s what you can do:
I first became fascinated with elephant seals during an ecology class in college. The class required students to spend the entire semester researching and then writing a big report on one topic. With most of the more interesting topics gone by the time the list reached me, I took a gamble and committed myself to researching an unknown animal to me: the elephant seal. When I look back, I remember thinking, how exciting can this animal really be?
As I started diving into the research and interviewing the scientists who studied them, my interest for the species quickly grew. When I finally took the guided tour at Año Nuevo State Park in San Mateo County my passion and fascination for them became apparent as my paper slowly came together.
Environmental Health Services is a division within San Mateo County Health System that ensures the restaurants you frequent are safe, the hotels your family and friends stay at are pest free, and residents and businesses that live or operate in this County are properly disposing of hazardous waste. Our Division is also responsible for protecting water by making sure septic tanks and groundwater are managed properly, graywater is used safely, and so much more! There are approximately 70 of us working on a variety of programs, including our amazing administrative staff.
Now that you know a little more about us, we want to tell you about some of our major accomplishments in 2015. Continue reading
A potential silver lining to California’s lack of rain clouds may be that many Californians are rethinking their relationship with water. Many people are looking for methods to conserve water and use water more efficiently. One method that has gained popularity is using graywater for irrigation.
While different definitions of graywater exist, the California Plumbing Code includes wastewater from bathtubs, showers, bathroom sinks, clothes washing machines, and laundry tubs as being sources of graywater. Wastewater from toilets, utility sinks, kitchen sinks, or dishwashers is considered blackwater and cannot be used for graywater systems. Just as there are many definitions of what water sources constitute graywater, there are different ways graywater can be utilized for beneficial uses like outdoor landscape irrigation water.
By Cynthia Knowles, Pollution Prevention Specialist, San Mateo County Environmental Health
The critical drought saga continues and creativity in water conversation measures is our new reality. The rain barrel is an excellent means to capturing precious rain water before it reaches the street, dragging cigarette butts, plastic wrappers, and car oil down the storm drain and directly into the ocean and the bay. A rain barrel is an easy way to take advantage of scarce rain water for decorative garden plants! And the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program (SMCWPPP), in partnership with the Bay Area Water Supply & Conservation Agency (BAWSCA) and participating member agencies, are offering rebates of up to $100 per rain barrel! Continue reading
By Kate Elgin, Environmental Health Specialist, San Mateo County Environmental Health
We are lucky in San Mateo County to be located between the majestic San Francisco Bay and the beautiful Pacific Ocean, but how do you know if the ocean, lagoon and creek water your family plays in is safe? San Mateo County Environmental Health samples 43 beach, bay and creek mouth sites weekly. Continue reading