The Three Rivers Health District is a 2,000 square mile area of Virginia’s Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, located between the Potomac, Rappahannock and the York Rivers. Three Rivers is a primarily rural area, historically oriented toward agriculture, forestry and the resources of the Chesapeake Bay forming its eastern border.
Three Rivers includes Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Mathews, Middlesex, Northumberland, Richmond and Westmoreland Counties. The District office is located in Middlesex County. Three Rivers serves a population of approximately 140,000.
Environmental health addresses all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related factors impacting behaviors. It encompasses the assessment and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health. It is targeted towards preventing disease and creating health-supportive environments.
The Environmental Health Staff includes 15 Environmental Health Specialists, 4 Environmental Health Technical Consultants, 2 Supervisors, 1 Manager, and 8 Office Managers in 10 local offices. Programs include inspections of over 500 food establishments, temporary events, tourist establishments (hotels, motels, inns and bed and breakfast facilities), campgrounds and summer camps, and swimming pools associated with tourist establishments. Environmental Health staff also permits and inspects over one thousand private wells and onsite sewage systems yearly. There are over 500 marina facilities inspected on an annual basis. Other programs include correction of pollution sources discovered by the Division of Shellfish Sanitation, dairy plant inspection, investigation of environmental sources of lead (for children age 6 or less with elevated blood lead levels), potential foodborne related outbreaks, rabies prevention, complaint investigations, and providing information and education regarding other environmental risks to health. Three Rivers works with many other agencies to protect and promote the health of residents and visitors.