Many people don't realize that it is illegal to let polluted water enter the streets, storm drains, and creeks. The Creeks Division receives daily calls to its Enforcement Hotline reporting illegal storm water runoff or illegal dumping.
What are people calling to report? Common violations include dirty wash water from businesses, home improvement and construction site discharges (cement, plaster, dirt), dumping of paint and oil, and commercial auto washing.
Upon arriving on scene, the Code Enforcement Officer investigates the discharge and provides education on strategies to prevent polluted runoff from entering waterways. If violatons continue, fines are implemented.
To report pollution to the street, storm drain, or creek, call the Creeks Division's Enforcement Hotline at (805) 897-2688.
For more information on the Enforcement Program, please visit www.sbcreeks.com.
PHOTO: A mixture of paint and water flows into the gutter from a property in Santa Barbara.