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Environmental & Consumer Law Division

The Sonoma County District Attorney’s Environmental and Consumer Law Division (ECLD) enforces environmental laws and consumer protection in a fair and firm manner in order protect our citizens and environment from those who would pollute our air, ground or water or degrade our uniquely beautiful natural resources, as well as from those who would engage in fraudulent, dishonest or unlawful business practices.

Environmental Protection

The ECLD prosecutes defendants who are accused of environmental violations both criminally and civilly in a wide range of fields, including illegal handling or disposal of hazardous waste, water pollution, air pollution, natural resources destruction, timber harvesting, public nuisance, workers safety and others. The ECLD works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement and resource protection agencies to provide a coordinated and comprehensive response to violations of environmental laws.

Since its establishment in December, 1989, the ECLD has procured misdemeanor and felony convictions as well as civil judgments and injunctions against numerous individuals and corporations resulting in the imposition of jail time, criminal or civil penalties, agency costs reimbursement, site clean ups, resource restoration and funds for environmental education, habitat restoration and environmental enforcement efforts.

In addition to environmental prosecutions, the ECLD has joined with both government, community, and industry groups to provide education, training and, in some instances, financial assistance to local business and property owners in order to assist them in complying with the complex range of environmental laws and regulations in effect in Sonoma County.

The public is encouraged to report violations of environmental laws to the local police or sheriff’s office or, if it is Fish and Wildlife related, to call the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s toll-free reporting line at (888) DFG-CALTIPS [(888) 334-2258].

Consumer Alerts

Information on environmental or consumer protection

Area Air Quality Management District

Local Phone Number (415) 771-6000

After Hours/On-call Number 1-800-334-6367 (after hours answering service)

When will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

BAAQMD has a citizen complaint response program, as well as an incident response (major air quality releases) program.

Why will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

To enforce Air District regulations pertaining to an incident of an air quality issue.

Area of Jurisdiction (Physical Boundary)

The nine bay area counties, including Southern Sonoma County (Windsor south) and part of Solano County

Who is your regulated community?

Mostly industry where chemicals are being used that may have an impact on air quality, the agricultural community pertaining to open burning, and the public in responding to air quality complaints

CAL FIRE

kim.sone@fire.ca.gov

Local Phone Number (707) 576-2344

After Hours/On-call Number (707) 889-4217, Kim Sone cell phone

When will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

There must be an act of cutting or removing of commercial timber species. If the area is determined to be a "timberland" per the Forest practice Act, and the landowner wants to sell, barter, trade, or convert to a non- timberland use, a CAL FIRE permit is required.

Why will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

To insure that the Forest Practice Rules and Act are being upheld to, to enforce those regulations, to insure that proper permits have been issued by CAL FIRE, and to respond to public concerns.

Area of Jurisdiction (Physical Boundary)

Sonoma, Lake, Napa, Colusa, and Marin Counties

Who is your regulated community?

Those communities within the above-identified counties

County of Sonoma, Fire and Emergency Services Dept.-Hazmat

Local Phone Number (707) 565-1174

After Hours/On-call Number 9-1-1 / (707)576-1371 (REDCOM)

When will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

If the environmental crime involved hazardous materials (including hazardous wastes)

Why will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

We are the CUPA and oversee a variety of environmental programs. We also have the county's hazmat response team and respond to releases anywhere in Sonoma County, except within the city limits of Santa Rosa

Area of Jurisdiction (Physical Boundary)

Sonoma County, except within the city limits of Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Healdsburg and Sebastopol

Who is your regulated community?

All businesses handling hazardous materials, generating hazardous wastes, operating underground and aboveground tanks, treating hazardous wastes, and/or handling acutely hazardous material.

Department of Fish and Wildlife

Local Phone Number (888) 334-2258- Cal Tip to report violations in progress.

For questions or assistance:
(707) 837-1781 Lt. Kyle Hiatt
(707) 864-3808 Lt. Jim Jones
(707) 575-5045 Tiffany Wolvek

After Hours/On-call Number (888) 334-2258- Cal Tip

When will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

Fish and Wildlife Wardens respond to fishing and hunting violations. Wardens would also respond to a violation where a stream has been significantly impacted i.e., pollution or alteration.

Why will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

Fish and Wildlife Wardens respond to fishing and hunting violations. Wardens would also respond to a violation where a stream has been significantly impacted i.e., pollution or alteration.

Area of Jurisdiction (Physical Boundary)

All of Sonoma County as it pertains to Fish and Wildlife

Healdsburg Fire Department

lcollister@ci.healdsburg.ca.us

Local Phone Number (707) 431-3125

After Hours/On-call Number Linda Collister cell: (707) 527-2683

When it is in the City of Healdsburg, or when requested to respond?

Healdsburg Fire Department has enforcement authority for certain jurisdictions

Area of Jurisdiction (Physical Boundary)

City of Healdsburg, City of Sebastopol, Zone 6 when requested to respond (Healdsburg, Geyserville, Cloverdale) or as part of the Sonoma County Hazmat Response Team

Who is your regulated community?

City of Healdsburg, City of Sebastopol

Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District

Local Phone Number (707) 285-2200

When will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

When there is a potential for existing mosquito production (e.g., contaminated water, sewage, water diversions, creek modifications, etc.). MSMVD may also respond in an advisory/expert capacity if rodent habitat or populations exist (e.g., rats).

Why will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

To minimize the potential for mosquito production or reduce/eliminate mosquito production (e.g., larvicide or adulticide treatment). The goal in MSMVD's response would be to minimize the potential for mosquito-borne disease transmission to the public, livestock, and wildlife.

Area of Jurisdiction (Physical Boundary)

Marin and Sonoma Counties

Who is your regulated community?

Property owners (including state, county, and local government lands) and residents within Marin and Sonoma counties

North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (Region 1)

northcoast@waterboards.com

Local Phone Number (707) 576-2220

After Hours/On-call Number (707) 696-7179

When will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

Whenever there is a significant threat to surface water or groundwater quality.

Why will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

To provide guidance on the protection of water quality for human health and the environment as the State regulatory agency and to collect information for enforcement purposes.

Area of Jurisdiction (Physical Boundary)

All or part of 10 North Coast counties extending to the Oregon border; in Sonoma County, the jurisdiction includes nearly the entire county exclusive of Petaluma, Kenwood, and the City of Sonoma. Our region is by watershed, so in Sonoma County, any property in the Russian River watershed, Salmon Creek watershed, along Bodega Bay/Pacific Ocean, Estero Americano (Americano Creek), and Stemple Creek (Estero San Antonio).

Who is your regulated community?

Anyone who discharges water or waste that could affect water quality, especially industrial or commercial entities, federal, state, local entities.

Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District

nscapcd@sonic.net

Local Phone Number (707) 433-5911

When will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

To any valid complaint, public nuisance or discovery of an environmental crime.

Why will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

To look for evidence of contravention of air pollution laws and to take enforcement action to protect the health of the district's residents.

Area of Jurisdiction (Physical Boundary)

Northern and Western Sonoma County, including Healdsburg, Forestville, Sea Ranch and Cloverdale

Who is your regulated community?

Businesses, power generators, agriculture, households, and road users

Permit Sonoma

Local Phone Number (707) 565-1280

When will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

PRMD is not a first or emergency responder

Why will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

PRMD responds to building, grading, zoning and septic issues. All such issues are typically daily continuing violations. As such, PRMD staff investigates such violations during normal working hours to collect data for possible criminal, but most often, civil abatement.

Area of Jurisdiction (Physical Boundary)

Unincorporated Sonoma County

Who is your regulated community?

All privately owned commercial, industrial, residential, and agricultural properties in the unincorporated Sonoma County

Petaluma Fire (Fire Prevention Bureau & CUPA)

firemarshall@ci.petaluma.ca.us

Local Phone Number (707) 778-4389

After Hours/On-call Number REDCOM (707) 576-1371-request prev 93 page out Cell #'s: 9320: (707) 849-7460; 9305: (707) 230-0674; 9321: (707) 975-6344

When will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

Any incident where an environmental crime has occurred.

Why will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

Petaluma Fire and CUPA would respond to an environmental crime for mitigation, enforcement and/or cost recovery

Area of Jurisdiction (Physical Boundary)

City of Petaluma

Who is your regulated community?

City of Petaluma

San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (or San Francisco Bay Water Board)

Local Phone Number (510) 622-2422 -enforcement coordination (510) 622-2369 -spills & complaints

After Hours/On-call Number Prefer email: rb2spillreports@waterboards.ca.gov or (510) 622-2369

When will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

Pollution, or threat of pollution, to waters of the State, particularly in situations involving toxic pollutants, large volume spills, evidence of harm (e.g., dead fish or birds, restricted access based on human health concerns), and significant media and public interest

Why will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

To collect evidence (e.g., interview witnesses, document environmental harm) and/or to have an agency representative for interagency coordination, technical advice during cleanup, and to respond to media/public inquiries

Area of Jurisdiction (Physical Boundary)

The boundary between the North Coast Regional Board and the San Francisco Bay Regional Board crosses through Sonoma County and is irregular. It roughly crosses through Kenwood, Cotati, and Tomales. Detailed boundary and specific address information at http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/waterboards_map.shtml

Who is your regulated community?

We have very broad authority over anyone who pollutes or has the potential to pollute waters of the State. Here’s an overview: cleanup, brownfield, and Department of Defense sites polluted from historic operations; stormwater permitted facilities (includes municipalities, construction sites, and industrial facilities); landfill and mining operations; agriculture, confined animal feeding, grazing, and winery operations; wastewater discharged from a point source (e.g., industrial process, sewage treatment); work in and adjacent to surface water (e.g., Bay dredging, sediment removal from flood control channels, vegetation removal/construction along creeks and streams, infill/dam of watershed tributaries); and spills (e.g., oil release, potable water discharge, sanitary sewer overflow, chemical spill).

Santa Rosa Fire Department

srfd@santarosafd.com

Local Phone Number (707) 543-3500

After Hours/On-call Number (707) 576-1371 (REDCOM)

When will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

When an environmental crime is the result of a release or threatened release of a hazardous waste or materials that threatens life, property, and/or the environment.

Why will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

To investigate the incident that has occurred. As a CUPA, we are required to take enforcement actions when the investigation proves necessary.

Area of Jurisdiction (Physical Boundary)

The City of Santa Rosa

Who is your regulated community?

Facilities that store, generate, and/or use hazardous materials above threshold amounts

Sonoma County Agricultural Commission/Sealer’s Office

sonomaaag@sonoma-county.org

Local Phone Number (707) 565-2371

When will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

Pesticide spill, drift, environmental exposure, or impact to wildlife when it involves the application or storage of a pesticide. Agricultural development projects (vineyard and orchard), vineyard erosion and sediment control ordinance (VESCO), and erosion.

Why will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

To conduct investigation, interview witnesses, and take samples to determine if any state pesticide laws/regulations were violated, who was responsible, and serve as an advisory role for emergency response as needed.

Area of Jurisdiction (Physical Boundary)

County of Sonoma

Who is your regulated community?

Pesticide applicators, pesticide dealers and advisors, including pest control businesses performing structural pest control (house fumigations termites, etc.) as well as operators and businesses in agricultural settings such as farms, golf courses, cemeteries, rights of way, and landscaped area.

Sonoma County Environmental Health

Local Phone Number Main: (707) 565-6565
Jennifer Lyle: (707) 565-6456
Leslye Choate: (707) 565-6546

After Hours/On-call Number Standby Cell: (707) 889-7443; REDCOM: (707) 568-5992

When will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

Our inspectors respond to a number of public health and safety situations that include complaints involving: Sonoma County Retail Food Facilities, Public Swimming Pools, Garbage and Solid Waste (Sites and Vehicles), Body Art, Storm Water (in conjunction with PRMD), Septage Vehicles, Dairies, Organized Camps, Detention Facilities, Medical Waste Sites, Monitoring Well Drilling Sites, Existing Private Water Wells associated with Retail Food Facilities and State Small Water Systems. In the situation where no other agency could respond to an imminent Public Safety Hazard, Environmental Health would investigate, notify and refer the complaint to the appropriate regulatory agency for further investigation and follow up after the initial determination. Regulatory Jurisdiction: Most of the sites listed above are under regulatory permits with our Department for routine inspection and complaint investigation for permitted and unpermitted sites.

Area of Jurisdiction (Physical Boundary)

The County of Sonoma including all of the cities within.

Who is your regulated community?

The permitted establishments listed above as well as Sonoma County residents who may be engaging in unpermitted activities.

U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, San Francisco District, Regulatory Division-North Branch

laurie.a.monarres@usace.army.mil

Local Phone Number (415) 503-6774

When will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

The Corps is not an emergency response agency. Timing on response to allegations of violations will be determined on a case by case basis.

Why will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

The Corps will respond when there is a documented unauthorized placement of fill in Waters of the U.S. or unauthorized work occurring in tidal waters.

Who is your regulated community?

The Corps works closely with a diverse array of federal, state, tribal and local government agencies, nonprofit groups, businesses and individuals.

U. S. Dept. of Commerce NOAA OLE

ho.truong@noaa.gov

Local Phone Number (707) 575-6070

After Hours/On-call Number 1-800-853-1964

When will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

a) When there is an ongoing lethal "take" of an ESA or MMPA listed animal that falls within the jurisdiction of NOAA. b) When there is an importation/export of wildlife in violation of the federal Lacey act. c) When there is an ongoing loss of habitat in violation of the National Marine Sanctuary Act.

Why will you respond to an environmental crime scene?

To preserve evidence and identify culpable parties involved.

Area of Jurisdiction (Physical Boundary)

Mendocino County to San Mateo County, including Reno and Las Vegas, NV

Who is your regulated community?

Commercial/residential fishing industry. Agriculture community, importer/exporter Revised 8/24/2017

Contact Information

Office of the District Attorney
County of Sonoma
Contact us by Phone
Address
600 Administration Drive
Room 212 J
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.466524, -122.726273

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