You Can Prevent Storm Water Pollution

Storm water pollution is toxic to fish and other wildlife, and it degrades our beaches and ocean.

What to do before it rains

  • Be sure that all household hazardous materials are stored indoors.
  • Collect leaves and debris, from your yard and your driveway, so that they won’t get washed or blown into the street gutters and storm drains.
  • Clean out roof gutters.
  • Secure garbage can lids. Also be sure that recyclable items are inside the recycling bins. Loose debris and litter are often blown into the street and end up clogging gutters and polluting our waterways.
  • If you are doing any construction work or remodeling at your home, be sure that bags of cement and plaster, loose materials, and debris are stored inside or covered properly. Otherwise, rain and wind can carry these materials into the street or storm drains.
  • Don’t apply pesticides or herbicides before it rains. Rain can carry these toxic chemicals into our streets.

Only rain down the drain

Storm drains are designed to carry only rainwater. They flow directly into local creeks, rivers and the Monterey Bay without receiving any type of treatment. Storm drains are separate from the City’s sanitary sewer system, which treats wastewater from your sink, toilet, and other indoor drains. Whether you live right next to the ocean or not, polluted runoff from your home will eventually reach Monterey Bay through the storm drains or the nearest creek. Even if polluted runoff doesn’t immediately reach the storm drain or if the water evaporates, the problem isn’t gone. Pollutants still remain on the pavement and will be washed into the storm drains the next time it rains.

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