Storm Water - Pollution Prevention
Storm Water Pollution
All outside drains are part of the storm drain system which carry flows directly to the nearest creek. These creeks are more than flood control channels and can include fish and wildlife habitat, recreational areas and drinking water supplies. Flows to the storm drain system (street gutters, inlets, pipes, and creeks) are not treated to remove pollutants like the sanitary sewer system does with waste water from our homes and work facilities. Storm drain flows are runoff from rain, irrigation and other sources. Any material that has been deposited on the ground or street is picked up and carried to the storm drain system. This material is what pollutes the runoff and our waterways.
Pollution sources are many and varied:
To help protect and enhance the water quality of our watercourses, Sonoma County developed a Storm Water Ordinance which prohibits the release of polluted storm water to the County's storm drain system.
Pollution Prevention at Home
Pollution Prevention at Work
Water Quality Programs
The following programs provide opportunities for the public to get involved in protecting and enhancing our local waterways.
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