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Stormwater - Soil, Dirt, and Gravel

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Gravel bags blocking soil from entering the storm drain system.Soil, dirt, and gravel are among the many common stormwater pollutants that can degrade water quality.  Stormwater runoff from property often contain large amounts of soil and dirt when they leave your property.  This material cause blockages of pipe and cause flooding.  Soil and dirt can also harm aquatic life by clogging the gills of fish, blocking light transmission, lowering water temperatures, and inhibiting photosynthesis.


Your Regulatory Requirements - County of San Diego, Stormwater Ordinance


What can I do?
Use Best Management Practices (BMPs)! 
BMPs are techniques or controls used to prevent or reduce the discharge of pollutants, such as soil, dirt, and gravel, into the stormwater conveyance system also known as the storm drain system.

Helpful Information and Documents:
General Stormwater BMP Brochure
"Dirt Hurts" Erosion Tip Card
Pollutant Impacts on Water Quality
San Diego County Wastewater Agencies
CASQA BMP Handbooks

Tip: Cover or berm stockpiles of soil, dirt, and gravel.


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If you have questions or would like additional information, 
call the County Stormwater hotline at 1(888) 846-0800
or e-mail us at watersheds@sdcounty.ca.gov

Report a Stormwater Violation On-Line
 
COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO
Department of Public Works
Watershed Protection Program
 
5510 Overland Ave., Suite 410, MS O326
San Diego,  CA  92123,  USA
(858) 495-5318           Fax: (858) 495-5263