Environmental Services

The Environmental Services branch of Public Works supports Woodland’s stewardship of land, water, and air resources and oversees the City’s compliance with related environmental laws and regulations. Following are the main program areas:

Solid Waste and Recycling: Under state law, Woodland must divert at least 50 percent of its solid waste from landfills through source reduction, recycling, and composting. Environmental Services conducts activities that promote and support increased waste diversion and address other community waste collection needs. See our Solid Waste and Recycling page for details. For additional information on solid waste and recycling programs or to report problems with waste services or illegal dumping, call (530) 406-5109 or 406-5113, or email recycle@cityofwoodland.org.

Water Conservation: Woodland is committed to reducing water consumption to help reach the state goal of a 20% statewide reduction in per capita water use by 2020. Reducing water use also reduces energy use and operation and maintenance costs for wells and wastewater treatment facilities. Environmental Services promotes indoor and outdoor water conservation through education and outreach, rebate programs, and distribution of residential water conserving devices. See the Water Conservation page for details. For additional information or to report water waste, call (530) 406-5117. To report leaks or emergency situations related to water systems, call (530) 661-5962.

Storm Water Management: Water that enters gutters, storm drain inlets, and canals is not treated before being released into waterways. Substances that mix with this water in urban runoff, such as soil, grass clippings, paint, motor oil, pesticides, pet waste, and trash, create problems for storm water system maintenance and degrade water quality. Environmental Services coordinates Woodland’s state-mandated storm water management program to reduce storm water pollution in compliance with the federal Clean Water Act. See the Storm Water page for detailed information. For additional information on the City’s storm water management program, call (530) 406-5110. To report harmful and illegal discharges to the storm water conveyance system, call (530) 661-5962.

Energy Conservation and Greenhouse Gas Reduction: The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, commonly referred to as AB 32, requires a statewide reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The City is contributing to this reduction effort by first examining energy use in City operations and implementing measures to reduce non-renewable energy consumption. Environmental Services is responsible for conducting the annual inventory of energy use and resulting GHG emissions, is the City’s liaison with the California Climate Action Registry, provides staff support to the City Council Energy Committee, participates in meetings of the Yolo County Climate Compact, and is developing the City’s first energy conservation and climate action plan and associated programs. For additional information, call (530) 406-5113.

Other Environmental Issues

Environmental Services also helps direct community members to sources of information about environmental concerns that are not under the City’s jurisdiction. The information sources below are provided in response to frequently asked questions:

Air quality and wood-burning appliances: The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District Don’t Light Tonight Program is a voluntary program during fall and winter in which the District asks residents not to use woodstoves and fireplaces when air pollution approaches unhealthy levels. For information on this program and other air quality issues for the region that includes Woodland, see the district’s web site at http://www.ysaqmd.org/.

Neglected swimming pools and standing water: The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District is responsible for controlling populations of mosquitoes and other disease carriers to protect public health. The district has an active program to monitor and treat neglected swimming pools and other areas of standing water where mosquitoes may breed. For information on these programs, see the district’s website at http://www.fightthebite.net/.

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