Stormwater in Your Community

There are several efforts underway to prevent stormwater pollution from impacting San Luis Obispo County communities.  There are also many ways you can help!


Wasteload Allocation Attainment Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

Who do I contact to report Stormwater Pollution?


Where does urban runoff come from and why is it bad for the environment?

Urban runoff results from pervious areas (like grassy fields or hillsides) getting covered with impervious materials (like concrete, rooftops) during landscape development. Learn more How Urbanization Affects the Water Cycle

What is the County doing to prevent urban runoff from new development from impacting our creeks and coast?

The County implements the Central Coast Post-Construction Requirements across many areas of the County to ensure that new development protects our waterways. These requirements control the amount of stormwater that drains from a new building to our waterways.

How can I learn more about Low Impact Development?

There are many great resources for learning about Low Impact Development (LID)!

Check out the Homeowners Guide to Low Impact Development and the Central Coast Low Impact Development Initiative to learn more.

How can I keep the creek in my neighborhood healthy and clean?

The San Luis Obispo County Creek Care Guide has helpful information about measures you can take to protect our creeks and waterways.

Are there ways that I can design landscaping around my home or business to save water and prevent urban runoff?

Yes! Waterwise Landscaping resources are available for San Luis Obispo County residents! There are many ways that your landscaping can help.

How is the County planning for stormwater management over the long term?

The Stormwater Resource Plan is one of many efforts underway to evaluate opportunities to improve stormwater quality and community resiliency.

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