Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Health Department



April 15, 2008


May 6, 2008







Honorable Board of Supervisors


Charlene A. Silva, Director, Health Department

Brian J. Zamora, Director of Public Health & Environmental Protection



Agreement with the City/County Association of Governments



Adopt a Resolution authorizing the President of the Board of Supervisors to execute an Agreement with the City/County Association of Governments to provide public outreach services for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit requirements for the term July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2008, in the amount of $292,028.



Commitment: Ensure basic health and safety for all.

Goal 7: Maintain and enhance the public safety of all residents and visitors.


The Agreement with the City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG) contributes to this commitment and goal by providing the necessary funds to provide education regarding important environmental protection programs.


Performance Measures


FY 2006-07 Actual

FY 2007-08 Projected

Percent of increased volunteer participation in Coastal Clean-up resulting from outreach campaign



Percentage of total days that ocean beaches were open for use





The C/CAG is a joint powers agency. It is the administrative and policy-making authority responsible for program implementation and compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements issued by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region. The cities, towns and the County of San Mateo are all co-permittees under a single Phase I NPDES stormwater permit. The San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program (SMCWPPP) funding comes exclusively from C/CAG. The C/CAG supports public education and outreach through the distribution of funds to organizations to provide expertise in managing their Public Information and Participation (PI/P) Subcommittee.


The Environmental Health Division (Division) manages programs that are vital to ensuring hazardous and damaging wastes do not pose a threat to public health or the environment. Since 1999, the Division has received funds annually from C/CAG to manage the PI/P Subcommittee with the goal to increase the public’s knowledge and understanding of stormwater related issues. Effective July 1, 2007, C/CAG has required an agreement to manage the PI/P Subcommittee; funds for services will be distributed upon execution of the agreement.



SMCWPPP employs various methods to increase public education and outreach. Throughout the year, the division coordinates and disseminates the integrated SMCWPPP, Household Hazardous Waste and Used Oil Collection outreach material at local events such as city festivals and the County Fair, as well as school assemblies at many of the elementary schools. In addition, SMCWPPP creates new brochures, promotional items, pamphlets, and a website to disperse the message of water pollution prevention to a greater audience. The projects for FY 2007-2008 include redesign of the SMCWPPP website to give the public and municipalities more access to detailed information, continuation of the Integrated Pest Management education and Point of Purchase Campaign, development of a Fluorescent Lamp Collection Strategy, and purchase of air time for television commercials developed by SMCWPPP. The SMCWPPP strategy to reduce pollution is to increase the number of individuals reached through public education. Reaching the public through education about the many prevention programs will give the public the information and tools to make the right choices regarding pollution.


Funds granted to Environmental Health under this Agreement are dependent on the availability of C/CAG funds. The agreement is late due to adjustments in the length of the agreement and availability of funds in the succeeding years. County Counsel has reviewed and approved this Agreement.


Fiscal Impact

The appropriations and revenue for FY 2007-08 are $292,028. Funds have been included in the Environmental Health FY 2007-08 Adopted Budget. There is no Net County Cost.