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Watershed Protection

Post Date:05/05/2017 10:21 AM



Discharges from individual residences are a factor contributing to water pollution during both the rainy and dry seasons. It’s up to us all to make sure litter, pesticides, detergents, oil, grease, and pet waste do not end up polluting our local waters. We can work together to prevent harmful substances from entering the storm drains and compromising water quality by keeping yards, driveways, sidewalks, and streets clean throughout the year. While rain and runoff is act as a conduit to transfer polluted materials into our waterways, our actions during the dry season often generate the material that causes the pollution.

Residents can help protect water quality in our creeks by following these good housekeeping best management practices (BMPs).

Driveways and Sidewalks

  • Sweep off driveways and sidewalks rather than hosing them down. Dispose of the collected material in trash bins. Hosing down your driveway is also now illegal in California with new water conservation regulations.


  • Cover any stockpiles of dirt or mulch before it rains or gets windy. Even when it isn’t raining bark, dirt, and other material can be blow from storage locations into local creeks or storm drains.

Pet Waste

  • Pet waste is very harmful to humans and our ecosystem, please clean up after your pets and dispose of pet waste in a trash bin. Take the pledge to dispose of your pet waste properly and receive a free bandana for your pet!

    Illegal Dumping

  • Properly dispose of hazardous materials such as paint, paint thinners, solvents, pesticides, oil, and fuel. To learn about how to dispose of these items visit iwma.com/what-to-do/hhw/


  • Dumping into the storm drain is illegal, Call (805) 781-7215 to confidentially report any suspicious activity that could compromise the health of our local watersheds.

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