Community outreach and public information play a vital role in the success of the Stormwater Program. Since stormwater collected in streets and catch basins flow untreated to our waterways, let's prevent pollution at the source.
Waterways become polluted when used motor oil, antifreeze, paints, fertilizers, pet waste, soapy water, and pesticides wash into the storm drains – the number one source of pollution in our nation’s urban waters. Storm drains were designed to collect only rain and clean water runoff to prevent flooding during storms.
Stockton Municipal Code (SMC) 8.04.210 prohibits the deposit of any recyclable material, green waste, garbage, rubbish, or waste matter on any street, alley, gutter, park or other public way, vacant lot, water or waterway, or levees.
We can all do our part to keep our local sloughs, rivers, and Delta free of debris and pollutants.
Join volunteers – from local high schools, colleges, Friends of Smith Canal, Friends of Five Mile Creek, Friends of the Calaveras River, Little Friends of Duck Creek, Boy Scouts, and others – for stream cleanup projects. Organize a class project, a civic group or club outing, or just gather concerned neighbors for a few hours to clean a waterway near you.
Join thousands of volunteers who participate in the annual California Coastal Cleanup on the third Saturday in September. For the last six years, more than 500 Stockton residents, students and businesses have participated in this annual cleanup event along community waterways.
With more than 20,000 storm drains in Stockton, stenciling storm drains with "No Dumping - Flows to Delta" reminds people what goes down all those drains.
The Green Car Wash Program links local fundraising organizers with professional car wash operators to encourage more environmentally-friendly car washes. Traditional parking lot car washes often allow soap, dirt, grime and automotive fluids to flow into drains that dump directly into rivers and streams. Green car washes are profitable for the fundraiser and professional car wash while being eco-friendly.
Ask about this free 35-minute interactive program, designed to meet the science component of the California Content Standards for fifth grade students. Choose the full presentation or just print materials for classroom use.
The program includes:
Students gain a better understanding of the wastewater treatment process and similarities to the way nature cleans our most valuable resource... water.
Representatives from the Stormwater Outreach Program can speak at community gatherings on pollution prevention. Great learning experience for students, employees, church parishioners, civic groups, or club members.
Each April, the City joins the Peace and Justice Network to sponsor the annual Earth Day Festival at Victory Park. More than 70 vendors provide educational material, interactive displays, music, crafts and information on environmental awareness.
Stockton Municipal Code (SMC) 8.04.210 - Illegal Dumping
Stockton Municipal Code 13.16.430 - Administrative Enforcement Powers, Fines for Illegal Dumping
Learn more about volunteer programs. Contact the Stormwater Outreach Coordinator.
Our Water, Our World - Manage pests while protecting our water
River of Words - Additional educational materials
This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 1/25/2019
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