Automotive fluids leaked from vehicles are cleaned from pavement. Dripping oil, antifreeze and other automotive fluids can easily wash into creeks, where they are lethal to fish and wildlife. Use absorbents like kitty litter on puddles or drips, then dispose of as hazardous waste at the Household Toxics Facility.
Parking areas are swept rather than watered down to prevent runoff of harmful chemicals, oils and grease.
On-site car-washing by tenants is permitted only when soapy runoff is clearly directed to a gravel or landscaped area. All soaps, even when labeled “biodegradable,” are toxic to fish and wildlife.
Inspections and grounds cleanups are performed at least once annually using a method that does not wash materials downstream.
All storm drains on site are labeled “No Dumping – Drains to Creek.” With assistance from the County, you can educate tenants and show a manager’s commitment to preventing creek pollution through having storm drains labeled “No Dumping – Drains to Creek.” Call (707) 565-1900 for information on obtaining labeling materials.
Spill cleanup procedures are in place and staff is trained on a regular basis on spill prevention and control. If a hazardous spill occurs, call a recommended cleanup service and refer to spill reporting information. If caught in time, substances can be prevented from reaching waterways.