Stormwater at Your Business

Stormwater pollution is caused when rainwater runs off of roofs, parking lots, storage yards, or other paved areas and picks up pollutants such as sediment, oils, or chemicals. These pollutants are transported into the storm sewers and directly into our lakes, streams, and the ocean.

Most people are surprised to learn that stormwater is a leading cause of water pollution across the country. Most stormwater is NOT treated before it enters the creeks or ocean; whatever material the water collects as it runs off is transported directly to our creeks or ocean.

There are many simple ways that businesses in San Luis Obispo County can help prevent stormwater pollution. For more information check out the Frequently Asked Questions and Answers below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I reduce the amount of waste my business generates?

CalRecycle provides many resources for businesses that want to reduce their waste generation. Check out their tips for Business Waste Reduction, factsheets and case studies.

How can I promote recycling at my business?

The Integrated Waste Management Authority has great tips on how to reduce waste and promote recycling at your business.

How do I get started preventing pollution and evaluating the waste generated by my business?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency provides many helpful Pollution Prevention Tips for Small Businesses.

Where can I learn more about getting my business Certified through the California Green Business Network?

The SLO County Green Business Network helps small business thrive and provides technical assistance and incentives to green their operations.

Can my business participate in the County’s Adopt-a-Road Program?

Yes! The County’s Adopt A Road Program is excited to welcome new participants to help keep SLO County scenic and litter free.

How can I find beach or creek CleanUp events that my business can sponsor participate in?

Both EcoSLO and the Surfrider Foundation host cleanup events throughout San Luis Obispo County. There are great opportunities for local businesses to sponsor or participate in Cleanup events.

What can my restaurant do to help protect coastlines and prevent pollution?

Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants Program offers a certification and incentive program for reducing the use of disposables at food service establishments.

Contact Public Works via web form, email, or call us at (805) 781-5252.