Environment

Local government plays a vital role in protecting the environment. Among the many County programs are: cleaning up storm drains, beaches, waterways; testing drinking water and environmental contaminants in storm water and waste water, lead in paint, dust and soil and heavy metals in hazardous waste; promoting recycling; overseeing landfills; prosecuting illegal dumping; requiring environmental impact reports for developments; protecting against accidental releases, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials; and maintaining parks and open spaces.

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