Learn more about storm water and get answers to the following questions: What is storm water? What is storm water pollution? What is a storm drain? What are storm drain basins? What is a sewer system?
Low Impact Development is an approach to land development that preserves natural resources and mimics natural systems for managing storm water runoff while meeting developmental goals.
Tips and a fact sheet for residents discussing topics such as lawn, garden, vehicles, pools, and home improvement.
Good housekeeping and best management practices for you business to help keep Santa Maria a cleaner and better place to live and work. Also includes Practical Guides to Preventing Storm Water Pollution for carwashes and restaurants.
State and local regulations prohibit the discharge of pollutants to the storm drain system. You can help by following these simple guidelines. Print the above document, read it, share it with the other participants at your event car wash, then sign it, post it onsite, and follow the rules (it is the law).
City of Santa Maria Storm Water Management Program
- Program History
- Program Goals
- Final Guidance Document
- City's Storm Water Runoff Pollution Prevention Ordinance
- Storm Water 2009 Report
- Storm Water 2010 Report
- Storm Water 2011 Report
- Storm Water 2012 Report
- Storm Water 2013 Report
Effective 2014, Storm Water Reports directly submitted to State Water Resources Control Board.
- Santa Maria Valley Watershed Characterization
City of Santa Maria citizens are encouraged to contact City staff regarding any questions, concerns, or comments they may have regarding the City's storm water programs.
2065 E. Main Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(805) 925-0951 ext. 7270
Storm Water Hotline
(805) 925-0951 ext. 7777
The Utilities Department needs your help protecting our water resources from illicit discharge activities. Use the Storm Water Hotline or the Anonymous Illegal Dumping and Abandoned Waste Form to confidentially alert the Utilities Department of illegal or unacceptable actions, including illicit discharges from fellow community members and businesses. Common warning signs of illicit discharges are the presence of dry weather flow (e.g., runoff of water flowing down curbs or drains), suds, sewage, oil and gas and other non-storm water related contaminants within or discharging to the City's storm water conveyance system.
Once you report an illicit discharge the information is recorded in our tracking system. A Regulatory Compliance staff member will investigate. Per the City Municipal Code, a civil penalty may be issued depending on the investigation findings and severity of the incident.
Thanks for MAKING the CONNECTION and helping the City of Santa Maria protect local water resources.