Monterey County

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Monterey County Supervisor Districts
Monterey County's Public Safety and Protection 2015-2016 Actual Budget[1]

This is not the official Monterey County page. This page was created as part of the ENVS 560/L Watershed Systems class at CSUMB to highlight basic county structure and function in respects to environmental management.


Monterey County consists of five districts each with an elected county supervisor. Supervisors are responsible for making and enforcing local ordinances. The County has the power to execute purchasing and holding land, managing properties, and collecting taxes as authorized by the law. This power of the county can only be exercised by the Board of Supervisors or officers acting under their authority.[2]

Individual supervisors are also part of Monterey County Board Standing Committees. These committees provide recommendations to the whole Board of Supervisors within the discipline of the committee. There are eleven committees, most of which have some influence in environmental management.

Board Standing Committees
Alternative Energy & the Environment Committee
  • Ensure county complies with Assembly Bill 32 California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006
  • Address opportunities to implement alternative energy and reduce transportation emissions
  • Ensure opportunities are pursued to enhance environmental resources[3]
Budget Committee
  • Review financial documents, develop budget priorities, and conduct inquires into budget problems[4]
Capital Improvement Committee
  • Review capital projects that impact Monterey County
  • Develop a 5-year Capital Improvement Plan
  • Review requests by departments for new leases exceeding $50,000/year[5]
Economic Opportunity Committee
  • Advise Board on economic development policies, programs, and activities that grow jobs
Equal Opportunity Committee
  • Meet, discuss, review and respond to issues brought forward by the Equal Opportunity Officer
Fort Ord Committee
  • Provide policy direction on issues affecting the Redevelopment and reuse of the unincorporated portion of Fort Ord
Health and Human Services Committee
  • (website incorrect, to be updated)[6]
Human Resources Committee
  • Meet, discuss, review and respond to issues brought forward by the Board, staff, and the public
Human Resources Centralization Steering Committee
  • Meet, discuss, review and respond to issues brought forward by the Board, staff, and the public
Board of Supervisors & Water Resources Agency Joint Board Leadership Committee
  • Foster coordination and communication between the Water Resources Agency's Board of Directors and the Monterey County Board of Supervisors
Legislative Committee
  • Review and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding state and federal legislative, administrative, regulatory and policy making initiatives

Monterey County's expenses vary from employee salaries to natural disaster resources. The Soberanes Fire and winter storms of 2017 required the Board to approve $16.8 million towards critical repair work with a total repair cost of $62.3 million once funding becomes available. [7]


Several Monterey County departments are involved with environmental management.

Agricultural Commissioner

Appointed by the Board of Supervisors, the Agricultural Commissioner enforces State agricultural laws and regulations and promote farm worker health and safety, protect environmental resources, and assure a fair marketplace. One of the most important programs is foreign plant quarantine and pest control and to detect incipient infestations while they are small enough to be eradicated.[8]

Health Department

The Monterey County Health Department enforces Environmental Health laws. Within this department, the Environmental Health REview Services (EHRS) reviews land us projects and building permits and oversees quarterly monitoring of effluent produced by sewage treatment and wastewater reclamation facilities.[9]

The Drinking Water Protection Services (DWPS) regulates domestic water systems that serve at least 25 people for at least 60 days a year. DWPS assists to resolve water quality and quantity issues, permits water well constructions, and operates a cross-connection control program and a water reuse program.[10]

Related County Agencies





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