Goleta Green Room: Are You Ready for the Rainy Season?

The City of Goleta Environmental Services Division would like to share some tips to help protect our watersheds during the rainy season. As winter approaches, let’s stop water pollution and keep our storm drains and creeks clean! Winter rains produce stormwater runoff which is rain that does not soak into the ground and flows over land and other surfaces. Stormwater runoff can carry trash and pollutants into storm drains, which flow directly to creeks, rivers, and the ocean without any treatment. The trash and chemicals in the runoff pose a threat to wildlife and water quality.

Remember “only rain down the drain.”

If you observe stormwater concerns such illegal dumping, or any discharges of non-stormwater (any fluid that’s not rain) entering the storm drain within the City of Goleta, report water pollution to environmentalservices@cityofgoleta.org. Hazardous Materials Spills should be reported to 911 immediately.

Here are some great ways to keep storm drains clear of trash and pollutants:

  • Keep garbage and recycling cans tightly covered to prevent litter from being blown away during storms.
  • Take your car to a commercial car wash prior to the first rains.
  • Do not drain or pour any automotive fluid onto the street or into a storm drain.
  • Sweep dirt out of curbs and into landscaping to prevent it from entering storm drains.
  • Adjust your sprinklers to prevent over-watering and prevent water from draining onto paved surfaces such as driveways and sidewalks.
  • Do not apply pesticides or fertilizers before a rain event or within:
  • 5 feet of pavement
  • 25 feet of a storm drain
  • 50 feet of a water body
  • Compost leaves and yard clippings.
  • Always pick up after your pet.

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