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City of Santa Cruz Announces a Record 302 Clean Ocean Business Awards

Post Date:06/20/2019 9:30 AM


June 20, 2019


Contact: Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420-5166


SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The City of Santa Cruz recently announced that 63 vehicle service and 239 food service facilities have earned the designation of 2019 Clean Ocean Business. These 302 local businesses have made special efforts to protect Santa Cruz creeks, the San Lorenzo River and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary by adopting practices that keep pollutants  away from both storm drains and the sewer system.

The number of Clean Ocean Business awards continues to increase annually and now encompasses the majority of vehicle service and food service facilities in Santa Cruz. All comply with the Sanitary Sewer System Ordinance and Storm Water and Urban Runoff Pollution Control Ordinance.  

Beyond this, the recognized vehicle service facilities properly clean up any hazardous material spills, document and properly haul away hazardous material, route any wastewater to the sanitary sewer, train employees on best management practices and post their spill prevention plan onsite. The food service awardees route any wastewater to the sanitary sewer, properly maintain their grease trap and ensure that their dumpster area is orderly.

Two new businesses that received awards are Bad Animal Books in the food service category and DeLaveaga Collision (formerly  known as Keener) in the vehicle service category. DeLaveaga Collision owner Julie Pimental said, "Our children who swim in the ocean don’t deserve to be faced with cleaning up the pollution we left behind. It has to start with us and it has to be now!  DeLaveaga Collision is happy to do our part through diligent planning, implementing new ideas and ensuring that we go above and beyond government guidelines."

The 18-year old Clean Ocean Business program is funded with City of Santa Cruz Storm Water and Environmental Compliance funds. The complete list of businesses recognized in 2019  is available at


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