How Do We Protect the Dublin Creeks and San Francisco Bay?
Did you know that everything that goes down a storm drain ends up in our local creeks and eventually into the San Francisco Bay? It is estimated that 50% to 80% of all pollutants entering the Bay are discharged from storm drain systems. Remember: Only Rain Down the Storm Drain!
Check out the City of Dublin’s GIS portal and use the layer list to learn more about watersheds and flooding in Dublin.
New Fred & Izzy Video! Preventing Pollution at Home
Watch Fred & Izzy as they discover another surprising source of pollution that may harm the water and wildlife in our creeks, wetlands and the Bay.
It’s important to keep pollutants and litter out of storm drains, because in Alameda County, they flow directly to creeks and the Bay, without going to a treatment plant first. Soot, auto fluids, and other residue from daily life settle on our sidewalks, driveways, roofs, and other structures. When these surfaces are cleaned by hosing or using a power washer, the water carries the pollutants away from your home, where they eventually find their way into a storm drain. Even tap water can harm the delicate microorganisms that help keep water ecosystems healthy.
You can prevent pollution by sweeping instead of hosing. If you must wash, be sure that the flow of water ends up on landscaping or gravel areas instead of the street or sidewalk.