Storm Drains connect Streets to Creeks

Every property owner and tenant has the responsibility to manage storm water on their property. Liquids or materials can be transported by rain, locally supplied water (i.e. sprinklers), or wind to a street, gutter, parking lot, or storm drain. If over applied, spilled, or disposed of improperly, constituents such as bacteria, sediment, nutrients, organic matter, surfactants, disinfectants, and suspended solids can be harmful to water quality and creek habitats. It’s important to follow Best Management Practices (BMPs) for any activities that might cause water to go down a storm drain. Simple changes make a big impact.

Releasing pollutants into the storm drain system or a waterway is prohibited by local ordinance, state, and federal law.

Each topic below offers simple ways to protect our creeks. You will find information on:

  • Legal obligations pertaining to storm water pollution prevention.
  • Business activities and areas that have a potential to impact local creeks and the Russian River.
  • Best Management Practices (BMPs) for business operations to protect water quality.
  • Spill Reporting for non-hazardous discharge to the storm drain system.
  • Business responsibilities for storm water protection.

Best Management Practices (BMPs)


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