ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENT CURRENTLY OUT FOR PUBLIC REVIEW:
There are currently no environmental documents out for public review.
Environmental Services Unit (ESU) primarily functions as environmental representatives and facilitators for projects from the Department of Public Works and other County departments. The DPW sections receiving technical support from ESU are: Engineering Services, Capital Improvement Projects, Roads, Inactive Waste, Recycling, Airports, Wastewater, Flood Control, Land Development and Special Districts. ESU obtains environmental clearances and permits for maintenance and capital projects; performs specialized technical environmental studies and prepares environmental reports pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA); and participates in project development and tracking. Furthermore, it serves as a consultant on all environmental issues for the many, diverse public works projects.
Specifically, ESU performs the following:
- Prepare environmental documents according to relevant local, state, and federal guidelines.
- Obtain clearances, authorizations, or permits from the various environmental resource agencies (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game, the Regional Water Quality Control Board, and the California Coastal Commission).
- Coordinate the development and approval of revegetation, erosion control, wetlands creation and/or enhancement plans, and mitigation monitoring plans
- Responsible for mitigation monitoring, including field-monitoring of construction activities to assure that adjacent archaeological and biological resources are not impacted and that project permit conditions are met.
- Serve as environmental staff for county and small cities’ for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program projects and provides NEPA clearances for projects pertinent to this program.
- Responsible for mandated federal cultural resources review pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding with the State Office of Historic Preservation.
Mitigation Banks - Established by the County to be used to mitigate impacts to sensitive biological resources resulting from County construction and maintenance projects.