Environmental Department

The City Environmental Department plays a critical role in managing and regulating various environmental programs and initiatives to ensure the protection of the environment and public health. The City Environmental Department's functions are centered around environmental protection, compliance with regulations, and public education. By managing various environmental programs and initiatives, the department contributes to the well-being of the community and the preservation of the natural environment.  Here are the key functions and responsibilities of the department:

Management of Small Municipal Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Permit: The department oversees the city's compliance with the MS4 permit, which is designed to prevent pollution of stormwater runoff and protect water quality in local rivers, streams, and water bodies. This involves implementing best management practices (BMPs) to manage stormwater, conducting inspections, and addressing issues related to stormwater pollution.

Assistance in Cross-Connection Control Program: The Cross-Connection Control Program is crucial for preventing the contamination of the public water supply. The department assists in implementing and enforcing this program to ensure the safety of the drinking water system.

Management of Pretreatment Program: The Pretreatment Program focuses on controlling and regulating the discharge of industrial and commercial wastewater into the city's wastewater treatment system. The department administers and enforces pretreatment requirements to protect the integrity of the sewage treatment process and prevent harmful pollutants from entering the environment.

Support for Solid Waste Division: The department collaborates with the Solid Waste Division to maintain air quality permits for waste management facilities, ensuring compliance with environmental regulations. It helps establish and manage the Household Hazardous Waste Program to safely collect and dispose of hazardous materials. The department also works to expand and organize recycling opportunities, promoting sustainable waste management practices.

Public Education and Staff Training: Public education is a crucial component of environmental protection. The department conducts outreach and educational programs to raise awareness about environmental issues and encourage responsible behavior among residents and businesses. Staff training is essential to ensure that city personnel are well-informed about environmental regulations and best practices in their respective roles.

Location and Contact
1751 College Avenue
Elko, NV  89801