Welcome to Environmental Health!
Message from Director: Early in the 20th century, infections associated with overcrowding, poor housing, and contaminated water resulted in transmission of tuberculosis, diphtheria, typhoid fever, and dysentery. Improvements in housing, public water supplies — including chlorination and filtration, and waste-disposal systems have resulted in great progress in disease control. While the impact of these diseases has been reduced, the need for prevention remains as strong as ever. The Humboldt County Division of Environmental Health (DEH) plays a critical role in prevention of disease. Issues such as safe housing, safe drinking water, proper sewage disposal, proper solid waste disposal, management of hazardous materials, and emergency response will continue to present challenges. DEH’s goal is to remain prepared for these challenges by strengthening programs, and maintaining and developing a professional and prepared staff.
We affect the lives of people everyday whether eating at a restaurant, swimming in a public pool or spa, turning on the tap for a glass of water, pumping gas, swimming at the beach or river, living in a rural area with on-site septic, or enjoying the comforts of a safe residence.
The Division will continue to be progressive in maintaining effective programs and responding to emergent issues including foodborne outbreaks, mosquito borne diseases such as West Nile Virus, biological and chemical terrorism, groundwater contamination, childhood lead poisoning, and the health impacts of the built environment.
Location / Hours / General Contact Information
The Division of Environmental Health is located at 100 H Street, Suite 100, Eureka, CA
. We are at the corner of 1st and H Streets in Old Town Eureka.
Hours: We are open from 8:30 am to 12:00 noon, closed for lunch, and open again from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. It is always best to call ahead of time to arrange an appointment if you would like to discuss a specific project.
Environmental Health Programs
Environmental Health staff ensure that everyone has safe drinking water, housing, and food. We inspect public pools to ensure proper sanitation and safety. We work to protect human health and the environment through inspections of solid waste facilities, hazardous materials facilities, and clean-up of contaminated underground storage tank sites. We ensure proper solid, liquid, and hazardous waste disposal through inspection, permitting, and enforcement activities. We issue permits for on-site sewage treatment systems and drinking water wells. Environmental Health programs’ goals vary greatly from swimming pool safety to ensuring the safety of food at restaurants. On these pages you will find information concerning permitting and compliance for hazardous materials facilities, food facilities, solid waste, safe housing, septic systems, West Nile Virus and mosquito borne diseases, pool construction and inspections, and many other environmental health issues and concerns.
While Environmental Health implements a broad range of programs, you will find that several environmental health and protection concerns are handled by other agencies such as air quality, employee safety, protection of rivers and the bay, and wildlife protection. Please check our links for information concerning other environmental health and protection agencies.
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