SMUD is committed to following environmental laws and our own policies. We do so through a variety of permits, audits, inspections, and verifications from outside sources. Much of our work in this area falls into the categories below.
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exists to inform decision makers and the public about the potential significant environmental effects of proposed activities. Learn more about the CEQA process and to review SMUD projects that require a CEQA document.
Caring for our waterways is part of SMUD’s operation and construction activities and includes permitting, monitoring, reporting, and employee training. Storm water and other water releases are monitored to ensure that chemical and sediment pollutants do not enter our region’s waterways. SMUD is continuously working to ensure that our operations do not impact the water quality or aesthetics of our rivers and lakes.
SMUD staff is on-call 24-hours a day to assist with emergency environmental cleanup and permitting.
Responses may be needed for the cleanup such as oil or other materials due to storms and accidents. Sometimes this may require installing new equipment in environmentally sensitive areas.