Placer County Stormwater Quality Program
Preventing Pollution for Residents
Everyday activities such as yard work and washing your car can have an impact on our water quality. Learn what you can do to help keep our water clean by using the following advice and by information provided in the brochures (see Quick Links).
- Don't dump anything down storm drains. Chemicals and household products such as paint, oil, and pesticides harm fish, wildlife, and people.
- Dispose of litter properly.
- Keep storm drains clear of debris, dirt, sand, silt, and wastes.
- Prevent dripping and spilling automotive fluids. Used oil and filters, antifreeze, and other automotive fluids can be safely recycled at a local used oil collection center.
- Wash cars and other vehicles at a car wash, rather than in a yard or on the street where the soap and oil will flow into a storm drain.
- Compost or recycle leaves and yard waste, do not dump into streams or behind fences.
- Reduce or eliminate use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers for landscaping and lawns.
- Prevent livestock from entering watercourses by fencing and other means.
- Clean up after pets and dispose of in trash can.
- Take steps during construction activities to prevent dirt and sediment from running offsite and onto waterways.
- In the Tahoe basin, install Best Managment Practices to capture and treat runoff from your property.