San Diego County’s natural beauty is one reason why so many of us live here and why so many visitors are drawn to our region. The County wants to protect our natural resources now and for the years to come.

Beachgoers will be happy to know a testing tool for potentially harmful levels of bacteria in ocean water is faster than ever before. The tool, implemented countywide in the summer of 2019, is the fastest standard test approved by the State. Results come back within 24 hours instead of two to four days.

The Department of Environmental Health also completed a study on a test that would speed up the reporting process to within a few hours. The study is awaiting approval from federal and State officials. 



The Air Pollution Control District (APCD) removed 354 tons of air pollutant emissions last year by providing incentive grants for projects that remove high-polluting vehicles and engines from service. 

APCD also expanded the Community Air Protection Program in the Portside Community. A community air quality monitoring system is measuring pollutants in Barrio Logan, Logan Heights, Sherman Heights and a portion of western National City. The program is identifying the emission sources contributing to air pollution. 

APCD found toxic chemicals in the smoke billowing from a fire on board the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard. The ship was docked off San Diego when a fire broke out and burned for four days. APCD advised locals to stay indoors until health risks subsided.



The County approved a new electric vehicle (EV) roadmap. The plan includes installing more EV charging stations at County facilities that are accessible to the public, building out the electric charging infrastructure in the unincorporated area, working with regional partners to encourage buying and using more EVs, and replacing more than 500 gas-powered County vehicles with EVs by 2027.

At County facilities, building energy use fell 1.5% and total greenhouse gas emissions decreased 1% from the year before. Additional photovoltaic (PV) systems were installed at the County Operations Center, Rancho San Diego Library, Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s Station and the Edgemoor Skilled Nursing Facility.

Construction of PV systems at the North County Regional Center and East Mesa Reentry Facility is also underway. Once completed, the County’s renewable onsite power will increase by as much as 19% of the County’s total energy load. That figure puts the County well within reach of its ultimate goal of generating at least 20% of its total energy load from onsite renewable sources by 2030.


“Our family home is still here; we know there’s a problem and it’s a breath of fresh air that finally we have a program like this that’s taking action…”

- Barrio Logan Resident