Storm Drain Violation
If you notice any unusual substance in or around your storm drain, or if you wish to report a dumping violation, call us immediately at 707-652-7813.
Water Outside Your Home Is Not Treated
In addition to treating wastewater, the District is also responsible for managing stormwater in Vallejo. Stormwater creates issues that are both quantitative (too much water in the wrong place creates flooding) and qualitative (stormwater is the leading cause of water pollution in most of the nation). Because of the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets limits on stormwater pollution that requires local governments to spend money to improve water quality.
The following are washed into local waterways:
- Motor oil
- Pesticides that run off lawns and gardens
- Pet waste
- Water from washing cars
Because runoff cannot be captured like sewage, and few communities can afford elaborate treatment works, the best prospect for cleaner water is to prevent runoff from becoming polluted in the first place. Not only can everyone do something to curb water pollution, but individual action and public support is essential.
Vallejo Sanitation & Flood Control District regularly hosts volunteer creek cleanups, contracts workers for more cleanups, vacuums storm drains, and maintains trash removal structures throughout the city. Over the next several years, due to increasing regulations, the District will need to install more trash removal devices and find more solutions to pollution in local waterways.
Stormwater fees are used to support the operation and maintenance of over 250 miles of storm drain pipes, along with more than 10,000 catch basins and other structures. These are inspected, maintained, and improved so that stormwater is moved safely to nearby rivers and away from our city.
Storm Drain Maps
If you are interested in seeing the District's storm drain maps, they are available for public viewing by appointment during regular business hours. Call 707-644-8949, ext. 1102.
Safe Fish Consumption
Fish tissue collected from San Francisco Bay often contains relatively high concentrations of mercury and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB). The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has issued fish consumption advisories warning people to limit their consumption of San Francisco Bay fish. This safe fish consumption brochure (PDF) was developed to help guide consumers in their San Francisco Bay fish consumption. This safe fish consumption poster (PDF) may be useful as well.
The San Francisco Bay Area Municipal Regional Permit (MRP 2.0) requires stormwater agencies to track the location and intensity of trash locations in their service area. Vallejo's trash maps (PDF) are available online. The District is not responsible for trash within private stormwater systems (PDF). Those private systems greater than 10,000 square feet are mapped.
You Can Make a Difference
It's easy to prevent stormwater pollution. Depending on what kind of project you've got, the following brochures give helpful tips: