Carlsbad is home to three lagoons, seven miles of beaches and numerous coastal streams. Carlsbad beaches are among the cleanest in San Diego County, according to a recent report by Heal the Bay.
If there is a storm water or storm drain problem that is currently occurring, please call the storm water HOTline at 760-602-2799. You can also report dumping or washing to the storm drain by calling or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Construction sites can be subject to storm water management requirements. For more information on construction BMPs and storm water, please call 760-602-2750. Follow these simple pollution prevention methods for residents or businesses.
Runoff, from a rain storm, over-irrigation or other sources, flows into storm drains which are not connected to sanitary sewer or treatment facilities. This runoff carries pollutants such as trash, sediment, fertilizers, pet waste and oil directly into our creeks, lagoons and ocean.
A watershed is an area of land that drains to a creek, lagoon or ocean. Carlsbad is part of five watersheds: Buena Vista Creek and Lagoon; Agua Hedionda Creek and Lagoon; Encinas Creek; San Marcos Creek and Batiquitos Lagoon; and Escondido Creek.
An illegal discharge is a prohibited release of pollutants to the street or storm drain, mainly from dumping or washing. Examples of illegal discharges include power washing with no water capture, leaking vehicles, substances such as paint or concrete washed to the street or storm drain. Call 760-602-2799 or email email@example.com to report illegal discharges.
A Best Management Practice, or BMP, is a method or technique to prevent water pollution. A BMP can be a structure, an activity or a behavior. Examples of BMPs are sand bag berms (structural), sweeping (activity) or training and education (behavior).
Yes, but it’s recommended to take your car to a car wash where wash water is recycled. If you must wash your car, park it on grass or gravel or direct the runoff to landscaping whenever possible. Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle and soapy water in a bucket. Minimize runoff to the street.
As long as the wash water is captured and/or diverted from flowing into the street and storm drain, you can pressure wash surfaces at your residence. Wash water is not allowed to flow to the street or storm drain. Also be sure to follow the current drought restrictions.
Let us know if you see anything being dumped or washed to the street or storm drain by calling 760-602-2799 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. And follow these simple methods at home or at work to help protect our creeks, lagoons and ocean.