ON THE PROJECT – Environmental Health | Clatsop County Oregon

Safe food. Safe water. Safe communities.

Clatsop County Environmental Health works to ensure residents and visitors can rely on essential services with confidence.

Environmental health covers a wide range of services, facilities and activities, including:

  • Food establishments: Schedule reviews, licensing and inspections twice a year for 354 establishments
  • Public swimming pools and spas: Inspected twice a year at 84 pools/spas
  • Lodging/Travel Accommodation – Inspections of 122 accommodation every 2 years
  • Schools and childcare facilities – 13 schools
  • Small Public Drinking Water Systems – Surveys of 26 water systems every 3-5 years
  • Onsite Septic Systems – Approximately 240 permits are issued annually
  • Household Hazardous Waste: Eight collection events each year – Saturdays throughout the year.

“We are focused on building capacity around environmental health programs related to safe food, water and sanitation to better serve the residents and visitors of Clatsop County,” said Lucas Marshall, Environmental Supervisor.

“We envision an environmental health team that takes pride in the work they do, is consistent in their practices and the services they provide, and most importantly cares about the community they serve.”

Food facilities such as restaurants, mobile canteens and caterers serve a large and diverse population. The role of Environmental Health is to minimize or eliminate potentially harmful situations in public environments and to limit and stop the spread of disease if and when it occurs. Through education and routine inspections, we hope to make Clatsop County a safe and healthy environment for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Inspections result in results that are posted to the Oregon Health Authority’s online database, along with reports detailing any violations.

Environmental Health responds to citizen concerns about restaurants made through the online complaint form for licensed facilities. The online form, located on the county’s website, allows members of the public to inform the county of suspected illnesses they have experienced related to restaurants or other food establishments.

Environmental Health inspects public pools and spas. The importance of the pool inspection program was highlighted earlier this year when Environmental Health recommended the temporary closure of a large number of hotel swimming facilities after inspections found they did not follow state rules governing proper water treatment procedures. Pool inspection reports can also be found on the OHA website.

A major addition to environmental health is the Astoria Municipal Hazardous Waste Collection Facility. The HHW facility offers monthly collection events (8) Saturdays a year where residents can drop off old household chemicals such as paint, pesticides, solvents and other cleaning products, removing potential hazards from homes and ensuring their safe disposal.

Environmental Health’s Drinking Water Program administers drinking water quality standards for approximately 26 public water systems within Clatsop County. The program provides regulatory and technical services to public water systems to reduce health risks and increase compliance with drinking water standards. The program focuses on water pollution prevention to ensure safe drinking water for Clatsop County residents and visitors.

Clatsop County Environmental Health oversees the on-site septic program on behalf of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for all septic systems in Clatsop County. In areas without public sewers, property owners must install septic systems to treat domestic or commercial wastewater. Environmental Health issues approximately 240 septic permits each year.

For a complete list of all environmental programs, visit the Clatsop County website.

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