California Environmental Protection Agency

To restore, protect and enhance the environment, to ensure public health, environmental quality and economic vitality.

California Air Resources Board

To promote and protect public health, welfare and ecological resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering the effects on the economy of the state.

CalRecycle

To protect the environment and preserve resources by empowering Californians to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Department of Pesticide Regulation

To protect human health and the environment by regulating pesticide sales and use, and by fostering reduced-risk pest management.

Department of Toxic Substances Control

To protect Californias people and environment from harmful effects of toxic substances by restoring contaminated resources, enforcing hazardous waste laws, reducing hazardous waste generation, and encouraging the manufacture of chemically safer products.

Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

To protect and enhance public health and the environment by scientific evaluation of risks posed by hazardous substances.

State Water Resources Control Board

To preserve, enhance, and restore the quality of California’s water resources and drinking water for the protection of the environment, public health, and all beneficial uses, and to ensure proper water resource allocation and efficient use, for the benefit of present and future generations.

CalEPA Spotlight

Environmental Justice Initiative Addresses Pollution, Public Health Concerns in Stockton

Historically segregated neighborhoods in the city of Stockton were the focus of CalEPA’s latest community-led environmental justice initiative. Our multi-agency task force conducted more than 200 inspections, addressing illegal dumping, air pollution near schools, drinking water issues and industrial pollution. Learn about the results in our Stockton Initiative StoryMap.

News & Updates 

 

Photo of reflective, still blue water at sewage treatment plant retention pondThe Public is Advised to NOT Flush Disinfecting Wipes, Paper Towels Down Toilet – Throw Them Away Instead 

While the State Water Board and other public agencies encourage Californians to follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendations to clean surfaces with disinfecting wipes to reduce the spread of COVID-19, it is important to discard those items in the trash, not the toilet. (3/17/20)

 

CalEPA is Accepting Applications for Environmental Justice Grants

The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program is open to community-based nonprofit groups and federally recognized tribal governments for support of environmental justice-related projects across California. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 17. Read the press release. (1/21/20)

 

 

Salmon_Slough_at_Grant_Line_CanalState Agencies Release Draft Water Resilience Portfolio

State agencies released a draft water resilience portfolio with a suite of recommended actions to help California cope with more extreme droughts and floods, rising temperatures, declining fish populations, aging infrastructure and other challenges. Read the press release. (1/3/20)

 

 

 

State Water Board's LogoState Water Board Approves Plan to Reduce Nitrate Contamination in Central Valley Groundwater and Provide Replacement Drinking Water

The State Water Resources Control Board approved an ambitious, long-term plan to address the buildup of salt and nitrates in Central Valley groundwater basins and surface water, and ensure delivery of clean drinking water to disadvantaged communities until impaired aquifers are restored. (10/16/19)

 

 

Agreement Reached to End Sale of Chlorpyrifos in California by February 2020

CalEPA announced that virtually all use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos in California will end next year following an agreement between the Department of Pesticide Regulation and pesticide manufacturers to withdraw their products. Read the press release.  (10/9/19)

 

 

 

Cover of Imperial County Initiative ReportEnvironmental Justice Task Force Issues Report on its Imperial County Initiative

Imperial County was the focus of the latest initiative of the Environmental Justice Task Force, which coordinates compliance and enforcement work in areas of California that are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution. The Imperial County initiative was the first in a rural setting and with a county-wide emphasis. Read more in the Imperial County Initiative Report. (10/9/19)

 

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