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  •   Monterey County Declares Hepatitis A Outbreak Among Homeless Population

    Since early 2017, the San Diego and Santa Cruz County Health Departments have been investigating local hepatitis A outbreaks among individuals who are homeless or use illicit drugs. Unfortunately, disease levels in Monterey County have now reached outbreak levels. Since October 2017, hepatitis A has been diagnosed in 9 individuals with a history of homeless in Monterey County. These individuals did not travel outside of Monterey County so are assumed to have become ill due to transmission within the homeless and illegal drug use communities in Monterey County.

    2/5/2018 4:46:00 PM

  • Monterey County Animal Control Program Advisory Board Meeting

    Monterey County Animal Control Program Advisory Board will meet Thursday, March 22nd at 3:30 pm at the Monterey County Animal Services Center, 160 Hitchcock Road in Salinas

    3/19/2018 11:49:00 AM

  • Bayer Issues Recall of Alka-Seltzer Plus® Products

    Bayer is voluntarily recalling Alka-Seltzer Plus® packages that, were sold only in the U.S. at Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and Kroger (including Dillons Food Stores, Fred Meyer, Fry’s Food Stores, Ralphs, King Soopers and Smith’s Food and Drug) after February 9, 2018. The packages can be identified by checking the Bayer logo located on the lower left corner of the front of the carton. If the logo has an orange or green background, the product is included in the recall The affected packages are being recalled because the ingredients on the front sticker may not match the actual product in the carton.



Environmental Health Review



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Welcome to Environmental Health Review

Environmental Health Review Services (EHRS) serves as the liaison between the Environmental Health Bureau (Bureau) and the Resource Management Agency (RMA) and is responsible for review of land use projects and building permits to ensure conformance with regulations where the Bureau is the oversight agency.  Additionally, this program reviews, inspects, and approves Onsite Wastewater Treatment System (OWTS or septic system permit applications) and oversees quarterly monitoring of effluent produced by sewage treatment and wastewater reclamation facilities.

EHRS works closely with the Resource Management Agency (RMA) Planning and Building Services Departments as well as the various sections in Environmental Health.  All subdivision applications and single family dwelling proposals are reviewed to ensure adequate water supply and wastewater disposal feasibility.  Similar evaluation is completed for any commercial project within the County of Monterey’s jurisdiction.  EHRS collaborates with RMA to ensure environmental impacts from development are mitigated or avoided.  

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Land Use Projects & Permits
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Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems
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Wastewater Treatment Facilities
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Cannabis Related Operations
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Land Use or OWTS Permit Fees
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Carmel Highlands
Onsite Wastewater Management Plan

Oaks Subdivision
Cal Am Water Agreement

Contractor Notification
for start of OWTS Installation

LAMP - Monterey County
Local Agency Management Program

Graywater/Recycled Water
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Consultations and Requests for Service

Members of the EHRS team are available to answer questions and concerns you may have about land use and onsite wastewater regulations. However, due to limited resources, we must limit these consultations to 15-30 minutes in duration. If you require additional time with an EHRS team member, a Request for Service must be submitted with applicable fees to recover cost associated with their time to meet with you and conduct research.

To make the most of your conversation with an EHRS team member, please request a copy of EHB records related to your property before contacting them to schedule an appointment. A File Review Request form is available here and may be returned to 1270 Natividad Road or faxed to (831) 755-4880. Please note that it can take up to 10 business days for the files to be make available to you, though we make every effort to complete the request before then, so please plan accordingly.

Contact Information

Contact Position Phone E-mail

Ric Encarnacion

Assistant Director



Nicole Fowler

Supervising Environmental Health Specialist



Janna Faulk

Senior Environmental Health Specialist



Patrick Treffry

Senior Environmental Health Specialist



Bryan Escamilla

Environmental Health Specialist Trainee




Business Hours & Locations

Health Department
1270 Natividad Road
Salinas, CA 93906
Telephone:(831) 755-4505
Fax: (831) 796-8680
Office Hours: Weekdays, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Government Center (Tues Only)
1441 Schilling Place, 2nd Floor
Salinas, CA 93901
Telephone:(831) 755-5147
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 9:00am – 4:00pm

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