The City operates two pollution prevention programs to maintain compliance with the federal Clean Water Act. One is the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program, which is housed in the Public Works Department. For more information on this program, visit its website or contact Peter Bennett . This program aims to limit the pollution of runoff, and ultimately of the Rio Grande, by sources such as automotive fluids, pet waste, and sediment from construction sites.
The other is the Industrial Pollution Prevention Program, which is housed in the Utilities department, and aims to limit the discharge of pollution from commercial enterprises into the City sewer system. For more information on this program, contact Jeff Garcia .
The City is also attempting to limit air pollution from various sources. Although we have generally clean air, we are currently in non-attainment with the federal Clean Air Standards for particulate matter. One of many contributors to this is dust from construction sites and graded land, and we are developing a new dust control ordinance to address this. Contact Robert Kyle for more information. We are also constantly looking to finance emissions control devices for our vehicle fleet.