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Stormwater

The Stormwater and Environmental Compliance Division is responsible for monitoring the City's stormwater quality and maintaining the storm drain system.

Stormwater runoff is caused by rain or excess water that flows over land, such as streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, and does not absorb into the ground. This runoff picks up pollutants such as trash, chemicals, oils, and dirt/sediment that can harm our ocean and coastline. To protect these resources, communities, construction companies, industries, and others, use stormwater controls, to filter out pollutants and/or prevent pollution by controlling it at its source. The benefits of effective stormwater runoff management can include:

  • Protection of wetlands and aquatic ecosystems,
  • Improved quality of coastal waters,
  • Conservation of water resources,
  • Protection of public health, and flood control.