Stormwater Pollution

Polluted Storm DrainStormwater pollution includes many different types of harmful materials including debris, chemicals, soil, and other pollutants that are carried by water through the storm drain system to local creeks, into the Klamath River and ultimately the Pacific Ocean.

Polluted storm water runoff can have adverse effects on plants we eat, native fish and animals (like salmon, trout, deer and elk), and children and pets who may swim in or ingest these waters. Leaves and other debris not only have the potential to pollute local bodies of water, but also block our storm drains. Blockages prevent storm drains from operating effectively and cause flooding.