The Jasper County Health Department’s Environmental Department takes an active role in protecting not only the environment but also the citizens of Jasper County from the spread of disease throughout the community. The department protects ground water contamination through its Wastewater Treatment Systems program and Storm Water Contamination program. Stream monitoring for bacteria is a resource the citizens of the County can use to look up bacteria counts in their favorite swimming hole. The state uses these bacteria counts to see if it meets their criteria for possibly listing the stream on an impaired list for clean up. The Department also protects the citizen’s health with its Food Safety program by doing random inspections of these food service facilities to decrease the incidence of food borne disease. The child care and Lodging programs help promote healthy atmospheres protecting children and their families from the spread of communicable and food borne disease.