WHAT IS STORMWATER POLLUTION?
Did you know that the water in our storm drains is not treated before it reaches the ocean and beaches where you swim and play?
Stormwater pollution is urban runoff water that has picked up pollutants as it flows through the storm drain system and empties directly into local waterways. Unlike sewage, which goes to treatment plants, urban runoff flows untreated through the storm drain system. Anything that ends up in the gutter or street can flow directly into our creeks, bays, and ocean. This includes pollutants like trash, pet waste, runoff from pesticides and fertilizers, and other toxic household chemicals.
For more information:
The Ocean Begins at Your Front Door (pdf brochure)