A healthy environment is the basis for a healthy community and economy. Environmental enforcement focuses on enforcement of the laws relating to public health and safety; including the generation, transportation and disposal of regulated waste, damage to our natural environment and hazardous work-place conditions. Environmental enforcement cases can be pursued in either criminal or civil court. Examples of such cases include illegal transportation or disposal of hazardous waste, illegal streambed dumping or alteration, and cases involving worker death or serious injury. The unit also aims to increase public awareness of environmental issues through presentations to local groups when called upon.
To report suspected violations of our environmental laws call your local Police Department or, if within the unincorporated areas of the county, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department Patrol Headquarters at (805) 781-4550. You may also find assistance at San Luis Obispo County Environmental Health Services.