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Clean Water Program
Controlling Stormwater Pollution
The City of El Cerrito is dedicated to maintaining a healthy environment in Contra Costa’s beautiful creeks, rivers, and the Delta and the Bay. Federal and state regulations require that the City control stormwater pollution.

To comply with these regulations, Contra Costa County, 19 of its incorporated cities, and the Contra Costa Flood Control and Water Conservation District have joined together to form the Contra Costa Clean Water program (CCCWP). The CCCWP strives to eliminate stormwater pollution through public education, inspection, and enforcement activities and industrial outreach. The City also directly engages in many municipal activities including:
  • Illicit discharge inspections at creeks and storm-drain lines to make sure contaminants are not being dumped illegally by unregulated or nonpermitted connections to the storm-drain system
  • Regular inspection and cleaning of City storm drains and catch basins to remove debris and pollutants
  • New development and construction plan review and inspections
  • Biannual inspections of commercial and industrial businesses focused primarily on automobile repair and servicing facilities, restaurants, and dry cleaners
  • Providing public information and outreach about the importance of keeping our creeks and storm drains clean and about ways property owners and businesses can contribute toward the effort

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