The Sacramento Stormwater Quality Partnership is a multi-jurisdictional program to:
- Educate and inform the public about urban runoff pollution;
- Encourage public participation in community and clean-up events;
- Work with industries and businesses to encourage pollution prevention;
- Require construction activities to reduce erosion and pollution;
- Require developing projects to include pollution controls that will continue to operate after construction is complete.
The SSQP is made up of Sacramento County and the incorporated cities of Sacramento, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, and Rancho Cordova.
Why Are We Concerned About Urban Runoff?
Sacramento’s creeks and rivers provide a place for us to enjoy boating, swimming, fishing, hiking and other fun activities. They also serve as important habitats for wildlife. However, our waterways are also fragile and need to be protected. Rainwater that falls onto the urban landscape and water that we use for outdoor activities such as landscaping and car washing is collectively known as urban runoff. When urban runoff runs through lawns, driveways, parking lots, and streets, it picks up pollutants such as pet waste, chemicals and litter. This polluted water eventually flows into a nearby storm drain, enters our rivers without treatment, and harms our waterways.
How Can You Help?
There are plenty of ways for Sacramento area residents, students, community groups and businesses to get involved in pollution prevention efforts. We need volunteers to help us get the word out. Take the first step by practicing pollution prevention in your own home, then join us in the many activities and events sponsored throughout your community.Get involved
To learn more about the Sacramento Stormwater Quality Partnership agencies and their programs, click below to be directed to their stormwater program websites.