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Archived News Release from 2004

For Immediate Release

Redwood City Urges Residents to Help Protect Our Creeks, Streams, and Watersheds as Rainy Season Arrives

Redwood City, CA - October 20, 2004 - The first rain of the season has come to the Bay Area region, bringing more than just cloudy skies and traffic problems. Rain also generates an upsurge in water pollution as trash and other pollutants that accumulate during the dry season flow through Bay Area watersheds and into storm drains and waterways.

Runoff from our streets, sidewalks, parking lots, and other man-made surfaces goes into storm drains and waterways, sweeping up litter and debris in its path. During storms trash, organic matter, and automotive pollutants are primary sources of pollution that threaten water quality and wildlife in our local watersheds. The City of Redwood City and the Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association (BASMAA) urge residents to learn more about their local watershed and to become active in reducing pollution.

Storms flush large amounts of pollutants down Bay Area watersheds causing erosion, destroying habitat, depleting oxygen levels, and poisoning fish. Most people don 't realize that even leaves and grass clippings carried into creeks with rainy weather can disrupt the ecological health of our waterways. Our irreplaceable watersheds and waterways are necessary to support habitat for plants and animals, and they provide drinking water for people and wildlife.

The good news is that reducing such runoff pollution during the rainy season is preventable. BASMAA offers a list of 6 things residents can do to make a difference in their watershed.

  1. Set an example for others by not littering; if you do see litter, pick it up and put it in a trash can.
  2. Carry a litterbag in your car or bicycle.
  3. Keep trash containers covered securely to prevent wind or animals from spreading litter.
  4. Keep leaves and yard clippings picked up around your home and recycle as green waste.
  5. Regularly maintain your vehicle to avoid auto fluid leaks that build-up on roadway surfaces.
  6. Organize or join in the cleanup of a neighborhood, creek, estuary, or wetland.

Redwood City Public Works further asks residents if they see leaves and/or debris covering catch basins to please rake them up and place them on the planting strip or pile on the sidewalk away from the catch basin so that they don’t fall back into the gutter causing clogged drains.

For information on reducing storm water runoff, visit www.flowstobay.org. Visit Redwood City’s award-winning website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government.

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Contact:
Marilyn Harang
Public Works Superintendent
(650) 780-7464

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