Storm Drains Connect Streets to Creeks
Do you know what happens to water that runs down the street and into your neighborhood’s storm drain? It goes directly into local creeks untreated, which flow into the Russian River, ultimately making its way to the Pacific Ocean. People caring for their homes and properties can unknowingly impact local waterways through improper handling and disposal of materials such as pet waste, wash water, landscape and yard materials, stockpiles, debris, chemicals, fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. Every property owner and tenant has the responsibility to manage storm water from their property. Simple changes make a big impact. Provided below are reference materials for common activities at home that include simple things you can do to protect local creeks.