Talking about environmental protection is good, but doing
something about it is even better. At Regional San, we believe
that protecting the environment for future generations requires a
concerted effort across many fronts. Motivated by a strong
environmental ethic, dedicated staff throughout our organization
lead the way in environmental action founded on the latest
scientific research and accomplished with appropriate uses of
In this section, you’ll find information about how Regional San
complies with strict environmental rules, implements innovative
pollution prevention programs, sensitively manages the
Bufferlands around our treatment plant, and helps develop
workable approaches to managing the entire Sacramento Watershed.
Regional San is subject to numerous environmental regulations
designed to protect the waters that sustain our lives, the land
we live on and the air we breathe. Compliance with environmental
regulations is a fundamental part our mission, and we take pride
in our outstanding record.
The sections here outline some of the most significant
environmental permits that affect Regional San.
We’re committed to educating our customers about how they can
help protect our region and become proactive environmental
stewards. We work hard to protect the health of our region and
the natural world around us.
Wastewater treatment plants need to be good neighbors to the
local community. That’s why in the 1970s, we decided to purchase
the property surrounding the treatment plant to develop a buffer
between treatment plant operations and its nearest neighbors.
This 2,150-acre expanse of open space minimizes the potential for
odor and other nuisances that could impact the surrounding
neighborhoods. However, the Bufferlands provides much more than a
The Regional San Environmental Laboratory has been in operation
at the Sacramento Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (SRWTP)
since 1982. The laboratory employs trained, professional
environmental scientists and technical staff committed to
providing quality services to meet both routine and challenging
analytical needs for studies or monitoring programs.
Our rivers depend on a healthy watershed. Just as no human being
exists as an island apart from other humans, no river exists in
isolation from its tributaries and related ecosystems.
That’s the fundamental truth underlying a landmark effort to
bring together stakeholders from throughout the immense
Sacramento River watershed to develop workable means of improving
water quality region-wide.
Regional San has been actively engaged in efforts aimed at
solving the serious issues facing the Sacramento-San Joaquin
River Delta. A variety of potential solutions to the Delta’s
problems have been proposed, most of which aim to produce a Delta
that simultaneously supports a vibrant ecosystem and continues to
supply fresh water to large parts of the state.
As these solutions evolve, Regional San will continue to
contribute to the ongoing Delta dialogue with the aim of
supporting policy decisions that produce measurable and
cost-effective benefits for the Delta ecosystem.
To protect and enhance the health of the Sacramento and American
rivers, Regional San and the Sacramento Stormwater
Quality Partnership joined forces in 1991 to create a
Coordinated Monitoring Program (CMP). The fundamental purpose of
the CMP is to develop high-quality data to aid in the development
and implementation of water quality policy and regulations in the
Sacramento area. With the help of Regional San’s Environmental Laboratory, river-water
data is collected and tested for a variety of constituents.The
CMP identifies water quality conditions, trends and influences
that are invaluable in defining the health of the river system in
a cost-effective manner.
CMP-partnering agencies support many area programs committed to
safeguarding river water quality in the Sacramento and American
rivers. Data from the program is available on CEDEN.
Regional San’s core mission is to protect public health and the
environment by conveying, treating, and recovering resources from
wastewater responsibly and cost-effectively. Critical to this are
programs and resources to produce scientific information
necessary to meet that mission.
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