Streets to Creeks Multi-County Campaign

Streets to Creeks Multi-County Campaign
Posted on 07/15/2019
Creek pictureDO YOU RECOGNIZE THIS CREEK? IS IT NEAR YOUR HOME? IT IS THE LAGUNA
DE SANTA ROSA!! WE HAVE A NEW LOOK FOR OUR STORM WATER LOGO
AND GREAT INFORMATION FOR THE RESIDENTS IN COTATI AND SONOMA
COUNTY!
STORM DRAINS CONNECT THE STREETS TO CREEKS! To help residents like
yourself get more familiar with how the storm drains at your home flows directly into our
beautiful creeks, see below how simple tasks you do can improve the vitality and health
of those creeks. Our creeks are Ours to Protect.
Some of the biggest things you can do to help protect Cotati’s creeks is practice these
simple tasks:
Pet Waste - Scoop the poop! On a walk, at the dog park, and in your backyard- that’s
important too! Sure it’s the neighborly thing to do, but did you know that pet waste
contains bacteria? If it’s not scooped and disposed of properly water can carry the
bacteria into a nearby storm drain that flows into your neighborhood creek and
potentially harm local fish species.
Yard Care - Timing is everything. Check the weather and your watering schedule.
Runoff from rain and irrigation can wash chlorine, excess fertilizer, herbicides, compost
and leaf debris into the storm drain. This material can clog the storm drain system and
have a negative impact on your neighborhood creek.
Car Washing - If you’re able to, take your car to your local car wash. Treat yourself and
protect the environment at the same time! Professional car washes are prepared and
capture and treat or recycle wash water. If you wash at home, divert water to where it
can soak into the ground, like your front lawn! Use a bucket and empty your soapy wash
water into your sink, not the storm drain. Detergents and soaps from your wash water
that make their way down the gutter into the storm drain end up in the creek and can
harm aquatic vegetation and wildlife.
Trash - Lend a hand, and pick it up! Wind and water can carry trash from the street, into
a nearby storm drain. This trash then continues to travel from the creek, into the
Russian River, and finally ending up in the ocean; harming local wildlife or polluting our
local swimming holes.
Storm Drains Connect Streets to Creeks and they are Ours to Protect. Check out
the new website at: www.StreetstoCreeks.org.