The City of Cloverdale has partnered with our neighboring cities, Sonoma County and the Russian River Watershed Association to raise awareness about neighborhood storm drains and their connection to the vitality of our local creeks.
Storm drains connect #StreetsToCreeks that flow into our Russian River. It’s up to each of us to make sure there’s #OnlyRainDownTheStormDrain. Simply lending a hand can make a big impact. Like picking up litter or trash. If you grab it before water or wind arrives, it won’t end up in our creeks. Learn more at StreetsToCreeks.org
Simple changes have lasting impacts. Like scooping the poop! Sure, it’s the neighborly thing to do when on a walk, but managing pet waste in backyards is important too. Scoop, and toss pet poop into your garbage bin before water or rain has a chance to wash it into a backyard drain.
Speaking of yard care; when tending to your yard or garden, check the weather and your watering schedule. Runoff from rain, or even irrigation, can wash fertilizer, herbicides, landscape materials, compost, and leaf debris into the storm drain, causing potential impacts to our local creeks. Remember – timing is everything.
Washing your car at a professional car wash saves water and reduces pollution. Professional car washes capture waste water which is then treated or recycled. It is the easiest way to wash your car and keep soap and oil out of our creeks. If you wash your car at home, divert water to where it can soak into the ground, like a lawn or planter strip. Use a bucket and empty soapy wash water into a sink. Remember, any water that goes into the gutter, goes directly into our creeks untreated.