No. Leaves cannot be intentionally blown, left, or deposited in the gutter, stormdrain, or drainage system. In natural settings, only the leaves from trees and bushes next to the creek would fall into a creek. While a little amount of this natural material can be beneficial, the amount picked up by all the trees in the City is far more than the creek can tolerate.
It’s ok for me to do this in other towns; why can’t I do it in SLO?
The City of San Luis Obispo, along with several communities throughout the state, has adopted local regulations that prohibit pollution from entering our surrounding waterways. While it’s the law, it’s also the right thing to do. San Luis Creek is home to several types of wildlife including threatened species, provides recreational opportunities, and is a focal point of our community.
What can be discharged into the gutter?
Uncontaminated groundwater, air conditioning condensation, uncontaminated roof, foundation, footing, or French drain flow(not including active groundwater dewatering systems), flows from riparian habitats and wetlands, residential car-washing and firefighting flows. Discharges of polluted water to the gutter flow, untreated, into our local waterways.
Where can I drain my pool?
You can drain your pool into the sanitary sewer through a sewer lateral cleanout or drain. Chlorine and salts in pool water can kill native steelhead, even in small amounts.
Why should I be concerned with stormwater when it’s not raining?
Debris and contaminants can accumulate throughout the year in the stormwater system and will be carried into the local waterways in potentially harmful amounts during the next rain.