California Storm Drains

Julie Slavet
Nov 30, 2010

Last month, I had the chance to visit San Diego and San Francisco. Of course, I checked out the storm drains while I was out there!

San Francisco had a lot of markers similar to the ones we have in Philadelphia, but instead of our “YO! No Dumping!” message, they say “Only rain down the drain.” Although these markers didn’t say where the water drains, I LOVE that instead they have a phone number for reporting pollution. What a great idea!

San Francisco Storm Drain

In Half Moon Bay, I saw painted messages that said, “No Dumping! Drains to Ocean.”

Half Moon Bay Storm Drain

In addition to markers with dolphins that said “No dumping/Drains to Ocean,” San Diego also had a lot of painted messages on their storm drains. Each was painted slightly differently.

San Diego Storm Drain

I also caught this great bumper sticker on a car in La Jolla, which is part of the City of San Diego Water Conservation Program.

Bumper Sticker in La Jolla

San Diego seems to be doing a lot of work around water issues. The city also published one of my favorite sets of water education activities, Wastewater: Sewage in Your Face!

You can view all these photos in this Flickr set.

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