Do not let water runoff your yard, sidewalk or street and into curbside catch basins. Even when not raining, we produce tens of millions of gallons of runoff from car washing, watering and cleaning. Polluted runoff leads straight to the ocean. Anything carried by this runoff such as pesticides, pet waste, oil and anti-freeze from leaking vehicles, containers and plastic bags ends up as trash on the beach and in the ocean harming wildlife and people. This pollution causes beaches to close after heavy rainstorms.
Unlike wastewater from inside homes and businesses that flow to sewers and treatment plants, outside runoff water flows to the ocean untreated.
Report illegal dumping in catch basins at the phone number listed above.