Stormwater Pollution Prevention
Throughout the West Valley, storm drains carry water from streets and yards to local creeks and on to the San Francisco Bay - without wastewater treatment.
Stormwater pollution occurs when pollutants accumulate on streets or other surfaces, and they are washed off by rainfall or water. The pollutants flow into storm drains, then directly into creeks and on to the bay. Stormwater pollution reduces water quality and affects the health of local creeks and the bay.
Residents contribute to stormwater pollution through everyday activities, like driving and gardening. Commercial and industrial activities can also be sources of pollution.
Report storm drain violations and illegal dumping online, or call:
- City of Saratoga Public Works Department: 408.868.1258
- West Valley Clean Water Program: 408.354.5385
Examples of violations you can report include:More information can be found on the West Valley Clean Water Program website.
- Someone dumping substances into a storm drain
- Foam, bubbles, or a milky appearance in a ditch or waterway
- Strange odor coming from a storm drain
- Spilled or dumped auto fluids or chemicals on the street or into a storm drain
- Wastewater piped to a creek or ditch
Requirements for Development
Conditions of approval for development projects include the installation and maintenance of Best Management Practices (BMP's) for site design and storm water treatment, which must be designed per approved numeric sizing criteria. General guidance on the selection and implementation of BMP's and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans can be found on the California Storm Water Quality Association website and at the Santa Clara Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program website.
C3 Forms for Development Projects
- See the C3 Quick Reference Checklist (PDF) to determine which forms your project may need:
- Small Project Worksheet (PDF) (most small residential projects will use this form)
- C3 Data Form (PDF)
- Landscape Design Guidelines (PDF)
- LID Feasibility Glossary (PDF)
- LID Feasibility Worksheet (PDF)
- LID Feasibility Screening Worksheet (PDF)
- Infiltration Worksheet (PDF)
- Rainwater Harvesting Worksheet (PDF)
- Alternative Building Materials That Reduce Pollutants (PDF)
- Builders Outreach (PDF)
- Copper Architecture BMPs (PDF)
- Join With The City to Reduce Pesticides (PDF)
- Landscape Dispersion Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Landscape Maintenance Techniques for Pest Reduction (PDF)
- Pervious Paving Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Pesticide Control Measures for Development Projects (PDF)
- Powerpoint Presentation - Bay Friendly Landscaping and Gardening (PDF)
- Rain Barrel Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Rain Garden Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Sediment Tracking Control Bulletin for Construction Sites (PDF)