Who to contact

TOURS: 650-329-2396
PERMITS: 650-329-2122

Report hazardous spills, illegal dumping, storm drain blockages, sanitary sewer backups or overflows in your community.

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Call the City of Palo Alto Public Works - Watershed Protection at 650-329-2122 or email cleanbay@cityofpaloalto.org.

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MAP & Directions

To the City of Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant and the Household Hazardous Waste Station.

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My Creeks

Learn more about your local creeks and San Francisco Bay.

We live in a watershed--a defined land area that drains rain and other water sources into groundwater aquifers and creeks that travel to San Francisco Bay. Watersheds are often named for the primary creek or river that drains in that area.

Wastewater from bathrooms and kitchens travels to the Regional Water Quality Control Plant where it is cleaned and treated before it's discharged to the Bay. Rain and other runoff that travels to stormdrains and creeks is not cleaned or treated. To keep our watershed healthy, we can reduce pollutants used in and around our home and work so that they don't harm water quality or wildlife.

Quick Information

» What is a watershed?
» Where is my closest creek and which watershed do I live in?
» Safe fish consumption in the San Francisco Bay
» Research in San Francisco Bay Events and volunteer opportunities.

» Baycam! See what's happening right now at the Palo Alto Baylands!
» Learn about El Nino winter storms and flood prevention

What is a watershed?

A watershed is an area of land that drains all of its water including rivers, streams, rainfall, snowmelt, and urban runoff, to one specific point.
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Where is my closest creek and
which watershed do I live in?

These links download PDF files of Bay Area watershed maps.
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Research in San Francisco Bay

Learn about research into the health of San Francsico Bay from the San Francisco Estuary Institute.
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Baycam!

See what's happening right now at the Palo Alto Baylands! (Baycam courtesy of Environmental Volunteers)

Learn about El Nino winter
storms and flood prevention

See how high your nearby creek is during storm events.

Volunteer opportunities

Grassroots Ecology
Save The Bay
Clean Water Action
National River Clean Up Day