The District’s Clean Water Program works to protect and enhance local creeks and watersheds. Our program activities include the following:

  • Watershed assessment and monitoring
  • Illicit discharge and connection inspection
  • Trash assessments
  • Best management practices’ promotion to reduce water pollution
  • Community work to further education about clean water

We work with the community to promote watershed stewardship and pollution prevention practices. For example, the District partners with the Friends of Sausal Creek, Friends of San Leandro Creek, and Alameda Creek Watershed Council. We participate in community events, such as the Alameda County Fair, Alameda County Home and Garden Show, Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour, and school Earth Day events. We also reach out to children by supporting programs like the Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon and the countywide Hands-On-Conservation educational program.

The District helps protect local creeks, wetlands, and San Francisco Bay as a member of the Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program, in partnership with all 14 cities in Alameda County, unincorporated Alameda County, and the Zone 7 Water Agency. We also coordinate with cities and agencies to implement resource conservation efforts.

Staff from the Alameda County Public Works Agency are responsible for coordinating several different clean water programs:

Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program

The Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program, established in 1991, is a consortium that includes the clean water programs for the 14 cities of Alameda County, plus the Alameda County Flood Control District, Alameda County unincorporated areas, and the Zone 7 Water Agency. The District provides administrative and contracting services for the Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program to help comply with federal and state requirements to improve water quality and better manage urban stormwater and runoff.

As of October 2009, the 17 Alameda County agencies are included as copermittees with 60 other regional agencies regulated by the new joint Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit issued under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The District, which provides administrative and contracting services for the program, has been involved in extensive planning given new regional permit guidelines.

One major focus of this joint permit is the prevention of trash and debris from entering Bay Area waterways.

Unincorporated Area Clean Water Program

The District’s Clean Water Division represents unincorporated Alameda County as a copermittee of the NPDES permit. Activities include commercial and industrial inspection, watershed assessment and monitoring, new development and construction site control, illicit discharge control, and public outreach. County staff work with people throughout unincorporated Alameda County to implement pollution prevention practices.

More Information about the Program

Urban runoff is the leading cause of water pollution in the creeks and San Francisco Bay today. There are several simple changes we can make in our daily lives to improve and protect our local creeks and San Francisco Bay. Click here to learn more about the history of the Clean Water Act.

 Information for Developers

Businesses Preventing Water Pollution

Alameda County inspects businesses on a regular basis to ensure water quality practices are followed. If you suspect a business is polluting creeks or the bay, contact us.

San Lorenzo Creek Outfall to San Francisco Bay (Zone 2)
San Lorenzo Creek Outfall to San Francisco Bay (Zone 2)
The District restored a portion of Glen Echo Creek in 2004 (Zone 12). A neighborhood group helps to clean debris and monitor the creek.
The District restored a portion of Glen Echo Creek in 2004 (Zone 12). A neighborhood group helps to clean debris and monitor the creek.

Doing Your Part to Keep Creeks Clean

You can help keep our waterways clean following simple pollution preventionsteps and by remembering the motto, “Only Rain in the Drain.”

And, check out the Adopt-a-Creek and Adopt-a-Spot programs to help maintain a creek or spot near you. A little tender loving care goes a long way toward improving water quality for all of us – and birds and wildlife, too.

Friends of Sausal Creek – Earthday 2009 at Diamond Park
Friends of Sausal Creek – Earthday 2009 at Diamond Park