Environmental Programs

The Environmental Programs Division aids in the administration and enforcement of the county regulations aimed at mitigating offsite impacts to residents' health, safety, and welfare, and the environment from specific types of industrial activities and land uses. Community outreach and education on such impacts, regulations, and procedures is an integral component of achieving environmental compliance and protecting public health. Other objectives of the Division include waste diversion and recycling; environmental compliance oversight; air quality initiatives; energy sustainability; collaborating on water quality issues; and participating in state rulemaking processes pertaining to environmental regulations and oil and gas regulations.

Environmental ComplianceEnvironmental Compliance

The role of the Environmental Compliance Specialist is to ensure industrial facilities around the county are maintaining compliance with their operating permits, as well as the development standards and regulations the county has in place to protect the environment and public health.

To report environmental compliance-related complaints or issues, contact Miles Buescher.


Oil & Gas InformationOil & Gas Information

The Adams County Oil & Gas Information page has information on these topics and more:

► Oil & Gas Facility Regulations
► Oil Production and Activity
► Oil & Gas Inspection Program
► Orphan Wells
► Frequently Asked Questions
► Contact Information

Mosquito ControlMosquito Control

Mosquito control for Adams County is provided by Vector Disease Control International (VDCI), formerly called Colorado Mosquito Control, with a local office at 7000 Broadway, Suite 108, Denver. VDCI performs mosquito trapping, larvaciding (treating standing water for mosquito larva), adulticiding (spraying for adult mosquitoes), and responds to mosquito complaints for Adams County. Visit our Mosquito Control page for more information.

Recycling and SustainabilityRecycling and Waste Diversion

Check out this page for events and resources related to recycling events and resources and sustainability including:

► Year-round household chemical collection through Veolia
► Upcoming recycling events
► Recycling drop-off locations

PaintCare offers free direct pickup of paint for households in Adams County. Click here for more information or visit PaintCare.org.

For the A-Z Recycling Guide, visit Tri-County Health Department’s (TCHD) website.

Love My AirAir Quality Initiatives

Adams County is participating in the Tri-County Health Love My Air program with two solar-powered, particulate matter air monitors located at Rotella Park and the Justice Center. The monitors detect airborne particulate matter (PM2.5) that commonly comes from vehicle emissions.

To learn more on what you can do to improve air quality, visit the Simple Steps Better Air website. More information on regional air quality, air permitting, and state regulatory programs can be found on the Air Pollution Control Division website.

Adams County participated in the Suncor Plant 2 Operating Permit renewal process, including requesting public hearing, submitting multiple comments to the Air Pollution Control Division, and sending a comment letter to the EPA Region 8 Administrator. Please visit the county’s Suncor Refinery Informational Updates website for more information.

View of the South Platte River in Adams CountyWater Quality Initiatives

Staff participates in Water Quality Control Division rulemaking processes and provides comments on proposed water quality discharge permits within the county, such as the draft discharge permit for the Suncor Refinery.

Staff is engaged in the Regulation 38 Petition Rulemaking Hearing pertaining to the anti-degradation classification of the South Platte Upper Segment 15 and South Platte Clear Creek Segment 15. The Water Quality Control Division will be holding a public outreach meeting on the petition at the Adams County Government Center on Thursday, July 7, 5-6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, June 15, the EPA announced new drinking water Health Advisory Levels for four individual PFAS compounds. You can find information on the new HALs, impacts to water providers, and steps CDPHE is taking to address PFAS in drinking water, surface water, and groundwater here. For more information on impacts to your drinking water, please contact your water service district. If you are on a private water well, you can find information on PFAS sampling studies here.

News and Updates

May 9, 2022 – The Air Pollution Control Division (“Division”) released the Suncor Plants 1&3 draft Title V operating permit renewal and technical review document for public comment. The comment period was open through Tuesday, June 7. Permit documents can be found in the Division’s Google drive. You can submit public comments using the Division’s online comment form or by sending written comments to [email protected]. More information on the public participation process for air permits can be found on the Division’s permitting webpage.

March 23, 2022 – Adams County launched its first Solar Co-op for residents and businesses in support of the 2030 Sustainability Plan. You can find more information on the Adams County Solar Co-op and upcoming information sessions here.