Stormwater Quality Management
What is Stormwater Runoff?
Runoff is generated when water flows over pervious and impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, building rooftops, lawns, etc.) and does not percolate into the ground. As cities grow and people move into new areas, we create more opportunity for runoff to be generated. Stormwater runoff is runoff associated with rainstorms, snowmelt and surface water drainage.
The City of Ventura is nestled between the Ventura River watershed, Santa Clara River watershed and the Pacific Ocean. The stormwater quality program works to preserve these waterways . The program works to integrate water quality benefits into all City operations. The City's storm drain system drains to local creeks, rivers and the ocean; all materials dumped, discharged or deposited in backyards, driveways, parking lots and City streets eventually ends up in these waters, untreated. Working with our community is essential in order to ensure local water quality continues to provide recreational opportunities as well as support wildlife.
What is a Watershed?
A watershed is the total area of land from which runoff drains into streams, rivers and other bodies of water. Watersheds take many shapes and sizes, but all have one thing in common - they act as a drainage basin or catchment area that empty into a single body of water. The City of Ventura is located in three separate watersheds: the Ventura River Watershed, Santa Clara River Watershed
What is Stormwater Pollution?
Stormwater runoff picks up materials/pollutants on streets, driveways, parking lots and backyards and deposit them into our local waterbodies untreated. These harmful pollutants (metals, grease, oils, fertilizers, soaps, etc.) can cause serious damage to our local streams, creeks, rivers, estuaries and the ocean. In addition, stormwater runoff can be a human health risk when people are swimming in polluted waters. Stormwater pollution is one of the biggest leading threats to water quality in urban and developing areas. As more areas are urbanized in watersheds, the potential for runoff to contain harmful pollutants also increases.
The Ventura County Community for a Clean Watersheds as well as Ventura Countywide Stormwater Quality Management Program website contain publications, watershed protection tips, teaching materials and brochures for businesses and residents that focus on pollution reduction. These websites contain great information for to all age groups on how to protect and enhance our local environments. Check out 10 quick and easy ways to protect our watersheds here.
Want to get involved? Check out upcoming community and volunteer events, including cleanup events! Or you can organize your own small group cleanup or self-led cleanup. View the Litter and Trash Prevention Toolkit and learn how to plan your own successful cleanup. Contact [email protected] for cleanup supplies, including gloves and trash bags.