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 wash water from businesses (mop water, power washing buildings or patios), home improvement and construction site discharges (paint, cement, plaster, dirt), commercial auto washing, and large items or debris dumped in the creeks.
Upon arriving on scene, the Code Enforcement Officer investigates the discharge and provides education on strategies to prevent polluted runoff from entering waterways. If violations continue after the initial warning, fines are implemented.
To report pollution to the street, storm drain, or creek, call the Creeks Division's Enforcement Hotline at (805) 897-2688. Anonymous calls are welcome.
For more information on the Creeks Division’s Enforcement Program, please visit www.sbcreeks.com.