Clean & Healthy Creeks

Storm drain water is a major source of pollution in our drinking water, creeks, and the Monterey Bay. A storm drain is located at the end of most street blocks and are commonly mistaken (PDF) as a sewer.

The purpose of a storm drain is to direct rainwater into rivers, creeks, streams, and other large bodies of water to prevent flooding in the City. Storm drain water is not treated, and will end up in one of two places:
  • Reservoirs used for drinking water
  • Local creeks and the bay used for recreation and by wildlife
For more information, contact the Environmental Services Division at 408-776-7333 or visit the Stormwater and Urban Runoff Management page.

Did You Know?

  • Stormwater in Morgan Hill flows towards the Monterey Bay
  • Just one oil change that ends up in a Morgan Hill storm drain can pollute 10 million gallons of fresh drinking water

Save Our Water, Creeks & Bay Now

If you are a business (painting, landscape, construction, vehicle maintenance, etc.),  resident, home gardener, teacher, or student interested in stormwater brochure downloads and other informational materials describing how you can prevent stormwater pollution, click here.

Common Sources of Storm Water Pollution

  • Antifreeze
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Fluid leaks from vehicles
  • Household cleaners
  • Motor oil
  • Overwatering landscapes
  • Paint
  • Pet waste left on lawns and streets
  • Smog from vehicles
  • Soap and dirt from washing vehicles
  • Weed killers
  • Yard Waste