The Storm Water Protection Program is part of a statewide effort to protect our creeks, lagoons, ocean, and other natural water bodies from pollution, minimization of polluted urban runoff, and the reduction of paved areas to allow natural drainage of urban runoff into the City's storm drain system.  It is regulated by the Storm Water Permit, which was issued by the State Water Resources Control Board in 2013.

Storm Water Hotline: (619) 441-1653


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Improving the water quality is the ultimate goal of the storm water permit.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that urban runoff is one of the main sources of pollution for surface waters. Surface waters include rain that is collected in the storm drain system.  This extensive drainage system begins at our homes and businesses, and then flows into the streets, gutters, catch basins, curb inlets, pipes, channels, streams and rivers,  eventually reaching the ocean. In other words, as water flows downhill, we as a community must live and do business differently, by considering how our actions affect water quality when it rains and when it does not.

Protecting Our Water Sources Using a Sea Curtain Boom
waving rain drop on storm drain
"Only Rain in the Storm Drain"...

is the motto of the Storm Water Program.  Storm Drains are not connected to a treatment plant.  Liquids and materials dumped or accidentally left in the street, sidewalk, or gutter, eventually flow into the San Diego River, polluting the waters that discharge into the Ocean Beach and Mission Beach area, and ultimately the Pacific Ocean.
flow of stormwater from roof to river
To report an illegal discharge or to ask questions
about the County-wide Storm Water Program call: Regional 24-Hour Storm Water Hotline: (888) 846-0800 or the El Cajon Storm Water Protection Program at (619) 441-1653, between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, Friday 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (alternate Friday's City Hall is closed).  Complaints  can also be made by Email via the link: Storm Water 

Is Storm Water Pollution a Big Problem in the City of El Cajon?

YES.  In San Diego County, million upon millions of gallons of contaminated water and debris drain through the storm drain system each dry-weather day.  On rainy days, flows can increase one hundred fold.

What Are the Effects of Storm Water Pollution?

HEALTH: Storm water pollution poses a serious health risk to people swimming or fishing in our streams, bays, or the ocean.


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