Public involvement, including participation by both businesses and residents, is essential to reducing water pollution. Pollution is often easily prevented with a little extra effort. In 2000, the City focused on reducing water pollution from auto repair shops, other types of vehicle service facilities, and food service facilities. Business owners were educated and required to implement the pollution prevention methods in the City's Best Management Practices (BMPs) Food Service Facilities
and Vehicle Service Facilities
. This year, the City Public Works Department is recognizing local vehicle service and food service facilities that adopted these BMPs and kept pollutants out of our sewer and storm drain system.
Look for the Clean Ocean Business decal posted at these Vehicle Service Businesses
Look for the Clean Ocean Business decal posted at these Food Service Businesses
The City of Santa Cruz Environmental Compliance Program and the CWEA-Monterey Bay Section jointly presented the Special Environmental Awards Event 2008
[PDF] on September 17, 2008 honoring 67 local businesses for consistent compliance with the Clean Ocean Business program for 5 consecutive years; and 3 entities for their pivotal role in the City program for Safe and Responsible Disposal of Unwanted Pharmaceuticals.
If you would like more information on the Clean Ocean Business Program, please contact an Environmental Compliance Inspector at 831-420-6050.