Report Salinas Spills/Dumping: Call 758-7233. State the location of the spill/dumping (street intersection/street address), the time, any information that can help the City find the source and alert the offender of the prohibition.
Urban Watershed (Stormwater) Management Program
The City of Salinas’ Urban Watershed (Stormwater) Management Program is an integrated effort involving the public, with municipal departments, federal, state and other local agencies. Together, the goal is to protect water resources by reducing or eliminating contaminants from entering our local creeks and ultimately the Salinas River. By protecting local water bodies, we protect waters downstream, including Monterey Bay.
What can you do to Help?
Residents, businesses and schools can all make a difference. In fact, that is the only way we can protect our water from pollution. Go to the "Water Quality Tips" in the upper right hand side of this page for helpful tips on doing your part. Also go to the middle right hand side of the "Development Engineering" home page http://www.cityofsalinas.org/our-city-services/public-works/development-engineering for specific brochures containing what are called best management practices (BMPs), to protect water from pollution. These are simple solutions. In many cases, these are also requirements.
What is Stormwater / Urban Runoff?
URBAN RUNOFF, is all the water that flows from our streets, driveways, buildings, sidewalks and landscapes and includes STORMWATER. The protection of our local watersheds and waterways depends upon everyone doing his or her fair share to protect water quality. There are many simple things you can do to prevent pollutants from entering streets. One is to reduce the flow into our storm drains that carries urban runoff away.
Regulations for Stormwater
Salinas’ Stormwater Permit requires every resident and business to take responsibility for their water quality by preventing pollutants from entering downstream water bodies. This is achieved by each of us taking responsible steps to protect our water, called stormwater best management practices or BMPs. By exploring this website, you can learn how to protect our water and how you can get involved.
Watershed Neighbors and the Creeks of Salinas
We all live in a watershed. A watershed is all the land area, including man-made and natural surfaces, that contribute water flow to the nearest waterway. Water travels from the highest points of a watershed to the lowest points, eventually to the ocean. Everything that happens in the watershed affects downstream water quality and habitat quality for fish, birds and other living things. Salinas waterways are its local neighborhood creeks, the Reclamation Ditch and the Salinas River, all connected to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.