City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department

City of Albuquerque Environmental Health Department The mission of the Environmental Health Department is to responsively and professionally serve the people of Albuquerque by promoting and protecting public health, by preventing disease, and by preserving the integrity and quality of our environment.

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Our #CritterOfTheWeek is the coachwhip!🐍This diurnal critter actively hunts lizards, small birds, and rodents. They subd...
11/03/2020

Our #CritterOfTheWeek is the coachwhip!🐍

This diurnal critter actively hunts lizards, small birds, and rodents. They subdue their prey by grasping and holding them with their jars and do not use constriction. The coachwhip is very fast, moving at 4 miles per hour. Most encounters with this snake are brief, once the snake is startled it will quickly slither away. Although coachwhips are usually nonaggressive and do not produce venom, we recommend you safely enjoy wildlife at a distance to observe this critter.

#coachwhip

UNM is hosting a FREE drive-thru flu shot clinic tomorrow from 9AM-3PM!  🚗 stay in your car😷 wear a mask👕 wear a short s...
10/30/2020

UNM is hosting a FREE drive-thru flu shot clinic tomorrow from 9AM-3PM!

🚗 stay in your car
😷 wear a mask
👕 wear a short sleeve shirt
💻 fill out the pre-registration form prior to visiting for a faster experience: https://zcu.io/NXST

Celebrate Halloween Safely! 🍬 Eat Halloween candy at home🎃 Decorate a pumpkin 📺 Watch Halloween movies with your househo...
10/30/2020

Celebrate Halloween Safely!

🍬 Eat Halloween candy at home
🎃 Decorate a pumpkin
📺 Watch Halloween movies with your household members
👻 Check out the City of Albuquerque's Virtual Youth Halloween Costume Parade: https://zcu.io/pFc7

Cases are on the rise, help slow the spread of COVID-19. Please stay home if:🏡 you've been in contact with someone who h...
10/29/2020

Cases are on the rise, help slow the spread of COVID-19. Please stay home if:
🏡 you've been in contact with someone who has tested positive
🏡 you're awaiting your COVID test results
🏡 you're experiencing COVID symptoms

Find a COVID testing location at https://zcu.io/vMzt

Cases are shattering records, Albuquerque. COVID-19 is serious. Treat it that way. Together, we can keep our community s...
10/27/2020

Cases are shattering records, Albuquerque. COVID-19 is serious. Treat it that way. Together, we can keep our community safe. Stay Home. Socially Distance. Wear a Mask. #OneAlbuquerque

"Low income communities, communities of color & historically underserved communities are often the most impacted by envi...
10/27/2020
Residents suggest ideas for sustainable communities

"Low income communities, communities of color & historically underserved communities are often the most impacted by environmental health issues," says our Sustainability Officer, Kelsey. Learn more about our equity based approach to address climate change: https://zcu.io/idHu

3,000 people responded to survey from health dept.

Join us tomorrow for the free webinar to hear how we're taking on climate change!
10/27/2020

Join us tomorrow for the free webinar to hear how we're taking on climate change!

Join USGBC tomorrow (October 28) to learn how recently certified LEED Cities Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Albuquerque are adapting to a changing climate, leading with equity, and putting into place long-range plans toward a more sustainable future. Register now for this free webinar: https://bit.ly/31NS1Ns

City of Phoenix, AZ USA | City of Las Vegas Government | City of Albuquerque Planning Department

Mayor Tim Keller
10/27/2020

Mayor Tim Keller

City non-essential services and offices are now closed today due to inclement weather conditions. Essential personnel are required to contact their department director or other appropriate supervisor to determine their work schedule.

Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures continue to make driving conditions extremely poor. Residents are encouraged to limit travel.

The Department of Municipal Development currently has 30 sanding and plowing trucks on the road to clear snow packed and icy roads.

The Solid Waste Department has cancelled residential and commercial trash and recycling pick up for today, meaning services will be delayed one day. The three SWD Convenience Centers will be closed to the public.

ABQ Ride has suspended service on routes 766 and 777 and is currently seeing delays on ABQ Ride fixed routes and Sun Van services.

For more information call 311.

Los servicios y oficinas no esenciales de la ciudad de Albuquerque están cerrados hoy debido a las inclemencias del tiempo.

El equipo de mantenimiento de carreteras está trabajando para remover la nieve acumulada y están utilizando derretidores de hielo en carreteras congeladas. No viajes si no tienes que hacerlo y mantente a salvo.

Our spooky #CritterOfTheWeek is the coyote!🐺🎃These nocturnal critters are very social, living in packs of 3-8 members. A...
10/27/2020

Our spooky #CritterOfTheWeek is the coyote!🐺🎃

These nocturnal critters are very social, living in packs of 3-8 members. Although their fur makes them look larger, coyotes only weigh between 20-40 pounds.

Coyotes aren't picky with their habitat because they can adapt so well nearly anywhere. They live mainly in deserts, grasslands, and forests. Coyotes are primarily carnivorous, but will also eat fruits and berries on occasion. They hunt at night for mammals, birds, mice, and snakes. Most of the time they hunt alone, but when they hunt for large prey such as deer, they will hunt in packs.

Coyotes are a common wildlife species throughout the City of Albuquerque and most sightings do not require any action. Please remember to enjoy wildlife at a distance and bring your pets indoors if there is a coyote nearby. If you encounter an aggressive coyote, or suspect it may be injured or sick, report it to the City by calling 311.

#SpookySeason #Coyote

Tomorrow UNM will host a FREE drive-thru flu shot clinic from 9AM-3PM!  Getting a flu shot is more important this year t...
10/23/2020

Tomorrow UNM will host a FREE drive-thru flu shot clinic from 9AM-3PM! Getting a flu shot is more important this year than ever to help save critical hospital resources to fight the pandemic.

Remember:
🚗stay in your car
😷wear a mask
👕wear a short sleeve shirt
💻fill out the pre-registration form prior to visiting for a faster experience: https://zcu.io/NXST

Our spooky #CritterOfTheWeek is the Mexican free-tailed bat!🦇🎃🦇This nocturnal pollinator typically eats insects like mot...
10/19/2020

Our spooky #CritterOfTheWeek is the Mexican free-tailed bat!🦇🎃🦇
This nocturnal pollinator typically eats insects like moths, dragonflies, wasps and ants. Most of their hunting is done in flight. You may see bats after dusk in places near the Bosque, especially under bridges. Remember to leave wildlife be and observe from a distance if you see this critter.

#SpookySeason #MexicanFreeTailedBat

Tomorrow there will be two opportunities for FREE drive-thru flu shots clinics in Albuquerque. Remember:🚗stay in your ca...
10/16/2020

Tomorrow there will be two opportunities for FREE drive-thru flu shots clinics in Albuquerque. Remember:
🚗stay in your car
😷 wear a mask
👕 wear a short sleeve shirt to receive the shot in your upper arm.

Find other flu shot clinics near you at cabq.gov/flu

10/15/2020
PNM

We're live with PNM for the groundbreaking of Solar Direct, tune in now:

PNM Solar Direct Groundbreaking - Starting at 9am 10/15

PNM is hosting a Watch Party announcing the official groundbreaking of the PNM Solar Direct project that will be constru...
10/15/2020

PNM is hosting a Watch Party announcing the official groundbreaking of the PNM Solar Direct project that will be constructed on Jicarilla Apache Nation land. Tune in at 9 a.m. to hear remarks from leaders around the state, including Mayor Tim Keller
https://zcu.io/9xX8

Our #SpookySeason #CritterOfTheWeek is the Great Horned Owl!🦉🎃Easily camouflaged amongst the trees, this critter can be ...
10/13/2020

Our #SpookySeason #CritterOfTheWeek is the Great Horned Owl!🦉🎃

Easily camouflaged amongst the trees, this critter can be spotted if you listen carefully to the ho-ho-hoo-hoo-hoo call. The owl's keen eyesight & excellent hearing are its best hunting tools. This critter has no trouble feasting on small mammals and birds with its talons - exerting a pressure of 500 pounds per square inch!

#GreatHornedOwl

Tomorrow UNM will host a FREE drive-thru flu shot clinic from 9AM-3PM!  🚙stay in your car😷 wear a mask👕 wear a short sle...
10/09/2020

Tomorrow UNM will host a FREE drive-thru flu shot clinic from 9AM-3PM!

🚙stay in your car
😷 wear a mask
👕 wear a short sleeve shirt
💻 fill out the pre-registration form prior to visiting for a faster experience: https://zcu.io/NXST

Did you know? #EnergyEfficiency could meet 1/3 of expected power needs by 2030. This #EEDay2020 on Oct. 7, let’s work to...
10/07/2020

Did you know? #EnergyEfficiency could meet 1/3 of expected power needs by 2030. This #EEDay2020 on Oct. 7, let’s work together to cut energy waste. https://zcu.io/ctT1

We've partnered with several agencies to make the flu vaccine easily accessible. Getting vaccinated for the flu helps re...
10/06/2020

We've partnered with several agencies to make the flu vaccine easily accessible. Getting vaccinated for the flu helps reduce respiratory illness and preserve limited health care resources that may be in short supply due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For a full list of upcoming flu shot clinics, visit cabq.gov/flu

10/06/2020
Keep Albuquerque Beautiful

Keep Albuquerque Beautiful

Albuquerque is our home, let’s keep it clean together. Schedule a free community clean up today!

It’s the first Monday of spooky season and our #CritterOfTheWeek is the Black Widow Spider! 🕷🕸️🎃Black widows build webs ...
10/05/2020

It’s the first Monday of spooky season and our #CritterOfTheWeek is the Black Widow Spider! 🕷🕸️🎃

Black widows build webs in areas that sit undisturbed for long periods of time like sheds, basements, patio furniture, and dormant lawn equipment. This critter is typically not aggressive but will bite if handled or threatened. Be especially cautious to not disturb the web when egg sacs are present as this will startle the spider and risk a bite.

Their venom contains toxins that are neurotoxic and the venom is said to be 15 times more potent than a rattlesnake. The bite results in a sharp pain like a pin prick and leaves behind two faint red puncture wounds. Symptoms of a black widow bite usually start within 20 minutes to one hour after being bitten and can include intense pain and stiffness in the bite area, severe abdominal cramping, chills, fever, and nausea. It is imperative to seek immediate medical attention if a bite is suspected.

After about 4 weeks, spiderlings will hatch from their eggs. However, many of them will not survive because black widow spiders eat one another in the early stages of life.

Use caution if you see this critter and observe from a distance!

#SpookySeason #BlackWidow

Zoo guests that may have touched or handled the wild bat during their zoo visit on September 29 should contact 311.Any t...
10/05/2020
Rabid bat discovered at zoo

Zoo guests that may have touched or handled the wild bat during their zoo visit on September 29 should contact 311.

Any touching of an infected animal is considered an exposure & requires immediate preventative medical attention, due to the seriousness of rabies infection.

https://zcu.io/MjBl

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A wild bat found at the Albuquerque zoo tested positive for rabies. BioPark officials say they are not aware of any humans or animals coming into contact with the b…

UNM is hosting a FREE drive-thru flu shot clinic tomorrow from 9AM-3PM! Remember to wear a mask & short sleeve shirt to ...
10/02/2020

UNM is hosting a FREE drive-thru flu shot clinic tomorrow from 9AM-3PM!

Remember to wear a mask & short sleeve shirt to receive the shot in your upper arm. For a faster experience, fill out the pre-registration form prior to visiting: https://zcu.io/NXST

Can't make it tomorrow? Find a flu shot clinic near you: https://zcu.io/4LOF

We're clearing up misconceptions about the flu vaccine:➡️ flu shots do NOT cause flu➡️ flu shots ARE needed yearly➡️ flu...
10/01/2020

We're clearing up misconceptions about the flu vaccine:
➡️ flu shots do NOT cause flu
➡️ flu shots ARE needed yearly
➡️ flu shots ARE shown to be effective
➡️ flu shot clinics ARE using COVID-safe practices

Getting a flu shot this year is more important than ever to avoid co-infection with COVID-19.

Find a flu shot clinic near you at https://zcu.io/Ym7v

We're getting noticed for our efforts creating drive-thru flu shot clinics & using the exercise as a dry run for potenti...
09/29/2020
How flu-shot campaigns can be a dry run for a COVID vaccine

We're getting noticed for our efforts creating drive-thru flu shot clinics & using the exercise as a dry run for potential COVID vaccine distribution.

"Our city is going to be prepared for a very strong push, a very equitable push, to get everyone their flu shot.”- Mayor Tim Keller

https://zcu.io/9vTB

While all eyes are on the development of a COVID vaccine, cities are turning their immediate focus to ramping up vaccination campaigns for…

Our #CritterOfTheWeek is the Striped Skunk!Famously known for their distinctive odor, skunks are mild-tempered critters ...
09/28/2020

Our #CritterOfTheWeek is the Striped Skunk!

Famously known for their distinctive odor, skunks are mild-tempered critters that usually only defend themselves if they are cornered or harmed. A #skunk typically stays within a 2 mile radius, although males are known to travel up to 5 miles a night during breeding season.

Skunks can become nuisances when their burrowing and feeding habits conflict with people. This critter is common across Albuquerque, seeing or smelling a skunk doesn't mean you have a skunk problem. We recommend taking preventative measures to keep skunks away from homes such as eliminating water sources, picking up fallen fruits, feeding pets inside, and eliminating brush piles that may serve as cover or a den site.

For more information on this critter, visit our website at https://www.cabq.gov/environmentalhealth/urban-biology/urban-wildlife/skunks

September is #FoodSafetyMonth!Refrigerate perishable foods and leftovers within 2 hours. Chill within 1 hour if it's abo...
09/28/2020

September is #FoodSafetyMonth!

Refrigerate perishable foods and leftovers within 2 hours. Chill within 1 hour if it's above 90F.

Visit cdc.gov/foodsafety for more tips.

For #BikeThruBurque week, its our very own Director, Ryan Mast! 🚴‍♂️ Ryan commutes 10 miles one-way (peep that #OneAlbuq...
09/25/2020

For #BikeThruBurque week, its our very own Director, Ryan Mast! 🚴‍♂️

Ryan commutes 10 miles one-way (peep that #OneAlbuquerque jersey!). He's been an avid cyclist for over 4 years and has loved being able to cycle as his regular commute since moving to ABQ. Our City's commitment to cycle friendly streets through @visionzeroabq makes this possible and we're excited to further improve ABQ's bike lanes through the Climate Action Plan.

#JustBikeABQ

UNM will host the first FREE drive thru flu shot clinic tomorrow from 9AM-3PM. Please remember to wear a mask and a slee...
09/25/2020

UNM will host the first FREE drive thru flu shot clinic tomorrow from 9AM-3PM. Please remember to wear a mask and a sleeveless or short sleeved shirt to receive the shot in your upper arm.

We've launched a new tool to help residents find flu shots as we enter a critical season for fighting both the seasonal ...
09/25/2020

We've launched a new tool to help residents find flu shots as we enter a critical season for fighting both the seasonal flu and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Visit cabq.gov/flu to find a flu shot clinic near you!

🌞 We're taking advantage of the Burque sunshine! “We have a responsibility to current and future generations to build a ...
09/22/2020

🌞 We're taking advantage of the Burque sunshine!

“We have a responsibility to current and future generations to build a cleaner, healthier, and more innovative Albuquerque,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “In just two years, we’ve built 29 new solar sites—a huge leap forward for this community. And we’re not slowing down."

Our #CritterOfTheWeek is the Cooper’s Hawk!This agile bird of prey primarily hunts small to medium sized birds but will ...
09/21/2020

Our #CritterOfTheWeek is the Cooper’s Hawk!

This agile bird of prey primarily hunts small to medium sized birds but will also feast on small mammals and lizards. The Cooper’s hawk can be found all over town. Does your neighborhood have a resident #CoopersHawk?

There was a large mortality event causing many bird deaths across New Mexico. Smoke and wildfires may be resulting in mo...
09/18/2020
New Mexico Mystery: Why Are So Many Birds Dropping Dead?

There was a large mortality event causing many bird deaths across New Mexico. Smoke and wildfires may be resulting in more migratory birds passing through the state. You can report dead birds to the iNaturalist project at https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/southwest-avian-mortality-project
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/15/us/dead-birds-new-mexico-colorado.html

Scientists say that the wildfires in the West combined with drought and record heat waves could be triggering one of the Southwest’s largest migratory bird die-offs in recent decades.

Heading to a restaurant for dine-in or carry out this weekend? Remember that masks are required in all public spaces. Be...
09/18/2020

Heading to a restaurant for dine-in or carry out this weekend? Remember that masks are required in all public spaces. Be courteous to those around you and prevent the spread of disease by wearing a mask unless you are eating or drinking.

New Mexico is gaining national attention for controlling the spread of COVID-19. Thanks to quick action and outstanding ...
09/16/2020
How New Mexico Controlled the Spread of COVID-19

New Mexico is gaining national attention for controlling the spread of COVID-19. Thanks to quick action and outstanding leadership by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and Mayor Tim Keller, we're seeing the benefit of science-based approaches. Thank you Albuquerque for doing your part! https://zcu.io/odbd

The state went after the disease with widespread testing and science-based targets. Now it is in better shape than its neighbors

09/15/2020
Mayor Tim Keller

Mayor Tim Keller

“The Mayor’s Ball is an opportunity to continue our year-round efforts to directly help those who need it most in our community,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “We’re inviting folks to come together to thank everyone who has contributed and learn more about how we can all continue to step up and support those most in need.”

Donations to the fund will be accepted before, during, and after the event through the One Albuquerque Fund’s website, www.OneAlbuquerque.com or you can text ONEABQ to (505) 658-0908 to donate now.

Address

1 Civic Plz NW, Rm 3023
Albuquerque, NM
87102

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(505) 768-2600

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