Environmental Health

The Environmental Health program administers county regulations with respect to environmental quality and public health, safety, and welfare.

The Environmental Health Specialist conducts routine inspections of food services (restaurants), retail food stores, daycare centers, and performs school safety inspections. The Department administers the permitting of individual sewage disposal systems (septic systems), and operates the Norwood Solid Waste Transfer Station.

The Environmental Health Department also monitors air quality in the Town of Telluride on a continuous basis. We track water quality and quantity in the San Miguel River and we can help you identify wetlands or geohazards on your property. We help to administer environmental standards contained in the County Land Use Code and promote education on these standards in reclamation, habitat improvement, xeriscaping, or selection. We can also answer questions regarding wells, well permitting, and Colorado water rights policy.