Those of us who live in Sonoma County are fortunate to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and attractive natural environment. A storm water management program has been established to protect our waterways and enhance our quality of life.
Water that goes down a sink or other inside drain flows to either a waste water treatment plant or to a septic system for treatment. Storm drain flows are not treated. Water that flows down driveways, streets, and outside areas goes into a storm drain and flows directly to the nearest creek, fish and wildlife habitats, downstream recreational areas, and drinking water supplies.
Some common pollutants found in storm drains and creeks include:
The Santa Rosa Area Storm Water Management Program is run jointly by the City of Santa Rosa, the Sonoma County Water Agency, and the County of Sonoma for the storm water discharge permit issued by the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board on March 27, 1997.
The permit boundary encompasses the area that drains through Santa Rosa, and is generally bound by Santa Rosa Creek's watershed limits to the east, and the City of Santa Rosa's ultimate boundary to the west.
The permit and program are aimed at reducing urban runoff pollution and protecting local creek and the Russian River from water quality impairment. Activities for the five-year storm water management program include:
To report spills and dumping in storm drains and creeks:
To report clogged storm drains:
Volunteer Creek Cleanup: call the Sonoma County Water Agency (707) 547-1908
Volunteer Storm Drain Stenciling:
Oil Recycling: call ECO-DESK (707) 565-3375
The following map shows that rainwater in the Santa Rosa area drains through the Laguna de Santa Rosa to the Russian River and out to the ocean. The Laguna de Santa Rosa is the second largest freshwater wetland complex in northwestern California.