Residential Storm Water Pollution Prevention

Storm drains are meant to divert storm water from our streets and prevent flooding. They lead straight to creeks and Humboldt Bay without filtration. It's against the law to throw anything in the street gutter - like litters, leaves, restaurant wash water, pet waste, cigarettes, or auto fluids like motor oil. If these items are in the street or gutter, they will wash into a storm drain and pollute our creeks and Humboldt Bay. 

So please, help keep our creeks and Humboldt Bay clean by not washing materials into streets and gutters. 

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Report Pollution 

A toll-free regional storm water hotline operated by the Northcoast Storm Water Coalition can be called at 1-707-2STORM2 to report active pollution or any other storm water concerns. You may also call Arcata's Environmental Services Department at 707-822-8184. For more information on the Northcoast Storm Water Coalition visit their website at

If you have any additional questions or need assistance with BMPs or reducing storm water pollution, please do not hesitate to contact the City of Arcata Environmental Services Department at