Report An Illegal Dumping or Discharge
Discharge of anything other than clean rainwater into storm drains is illegal because it presents a serious threat to fish, wildlife, drinking water and marine life. The County investigates and enforces legal prohibitions against illegal dumping to the storm drainage system. To report illegal discharges or accidental releases to a storm drain, drainage ditch or culvert in the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County, please call (408) 918-4609 or email CleanwaterSCC@aem.sccgov.org.
Protecting our local waterways is something everybody can be involved in. The most important part of maintaining clean creeks, rivers, reservoirs and bays, is to assure that only clean water
be allowed to flow from your property and into storm drains. Remember: the water from storm drains flow directly into local water bodies with no filtration or treatment. Pesticides, wash water, sewage, automotive fluids, paint, construction materials, sediment, and food wastes that go down the storm drain are entering the nearest natural creek or stream.
You can help protect our creeks, rivers and bays by following these common sense practices:
- Do not dump anything into the storm drain, gutter or drainage ditch: Only Rain Down the Drain!
- Get your car washed at commercial car wash instead of at home
- Clean up outdoor spills of chemicals or paint with mops and absorbents
- Dispose of your car oil properly
- Eliminate irrigation runoff from your landscaping by properly maintaining your irrigation system and reducing your garden watering
- Don't spray pesticides or herbicides before a rainfall
- Consider environmentally friendly landscaping and pervious pavement
- Make an appointment to drop off your Hazardous Household Waste through the County's program