The City of Arcata is committed to improving local water quality, and preventing stormwater pollution is an easy way community members can help keep Humboldt Bay and other local waterways clean.
Stormwater is rain that does not get absorbed into the ground, it flows into storm drains. Stormwater runoff picks up pollutants like trash, chemicals, oils and dirt that can harm local creeks and Humboldt Bay.
The City’s storm drainage system is separate from the wastewater sewer system, which means that rainwater and anything that flows into storm drains are not filtered or treated by Arcata’s wastewater treatment plant. When it rains, items commonly left in streets and gutters including leaves, cigarette butts, trash, motor oil and pet waste wash into the City’s storm drains and flow directly into Humboldt Bay, local rivers and creeks.
To keep local waterways clean, we must ensure that only rain goes down the storm drain. Here are some stormwater pollution prevention measures residents can take to help protect local water quality:
For more information on preventing stormwater pollution, please click here. The Environmental Services Department is also available to assist with additional questions about stormwater pollution and best management practices. For more information, please call 707-822-8184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To report a spill or improper discharge in an Arcata street, road, storm drain or waterway, click here. Community members may also call the Northcoast Stormwater Coalition toll free at 1-707-2STORM2 to report active pollution and storm water concerns. For more information, please visit northcoaststormwatercoalition.org.
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