Dear San Bernardino County friends,
Gazing at our beautiful snow-capped mountains this winter is a reminder that, contrary to popular belief, it sure does rain in Southern California and sometimes a lot of it at once (even snow!). Unfortunately, this wet weather season can flush pollution and debris from our streets, sidewalks, and neighborhoods into the storm drain and to our precious waterways.
It’s up to us to take responsibility for making sure that when these rains come, there won’t be pollution on the ground for the rushing waters to pick up and carry to sensitive coastal, river and lake habitats and recreational areas.
Are you prepared to protect your environment from the rain? Run through our checklist below just to make sure:
- Secure loose items in your yard that might block storm drains and cause flooding on your street, including toys, tools, and yard décor. You can report debris that needs to be cleared through our pollution hotline 1-877-WASTE18 or through our form here.
- Address hazards around your home that might create problems during rainstorms. Are trees overgrown and hanging onto your roof? Are your gutters cleared? Do you have tools, tarps, and sandbags ready? Address these issues now before the next storm arrives.
- Turn off your sprinklers when you know a storm is coming! We also encourage you to install rain-capture devices such as cisterns, rain barrels, and rain gardens. These are fun, easy fixes for DIYers. Let the rain help you save money and water.
- Prepare your vehicle for wet winter weather. Make sure your tires, brakes, and windshield wipers are in good condition. And while you’re at it, check for oil and radiator leaks that contribute to pollution.
Taking these extra measures to prevent runaway pollution can make a big difference in keeping our community clean–rain or shine. Stay safe out there!
Spot the Stormwater Champion
Looking for more winter weather resources?
- County road closures
- Debris and erosion control
- Landslide safety tips – American Red Cross
- National Weather Service – San Bernardino County region
- Preparing for a flood
- Rainfall data
- Report road or flood problems
- Safety tips during a power outage
- What to do in case of a flood
- Where to get sandbags