Our Stormwater regulations protect people, property, and the environment from damage caused by stormwater runoff. Our Stormwater code also satisfies the City of American Canyon’s (City) obligation to comply with our Municipal Stormwater Discharge National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit, issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board.
- What is the address or cross streets and any landmark that will assist us in locating the problem?
- What is the substance involved or what does it look like?
- Is it currently flowing to a storm drain or a water body or has it stopped?
- Any additional comments you think might help.
You may also include your contact information. This is optional. You do not have to tell us who you are or where you live. However, in some cases, not being able to contact you may limit our ability to investigate the problem.
Please report all discharges to storm drains, gutters, ditches and waterway! The discharges into a storm drain system that are not composed entirely of stormwater, prohibited by, with few exceptions, American Canyon Municipal Code 14.28, along with state or federal laws, prohibit the release of anything other than stormwater runoff to the storm drain system. Some examples of illegal discharges include: dumping car fluids, sewage, dirt, concrete, construction waste, paint and excess irrigation runoff. Please help keep our waterways clean!
All individuals undertaking public or private construction or ground disturbing activities must take steps to prevent discharge of pollutants resulting from these activities. To find out what level of Best Management Practice (BMP) implementation is required for a project, applicants may refer to the Stormwater Quality Submittal Requirements Checklist for applicability. Projects that disturb less than one acre (<1 acre) of soil may refer to the Erosion and Sediment Plan Guidance. Projects that disturb more than one acre (>1 acre) of soil are subject to the state's Construction General Permit (CGP). These projects must apply for and comply will all requirements of the CGP.
NUMBER ONE CAUSE OF STREET FLOODING? LEAVES!
Yes, leaves ending up in the gutter and stormdrain inlets is the most frequent cause of flooding in American Canyon – and you can help keep the rain flowing on your own street. How?
Don’t blow, rake or pile your own leaves in the gutter. Sometimes neighbors don’t see the harm in blowing leaves into the gutter or across the street. Resist the temptation! Blowing leaves into any gutter will cause flooding!
The streetsweepers you see coming by your home can’t pick up big piles of leaves. Recology American Canyon provides Yard Waste Bins so you can conveniently dispose of leaves as you rake, and then they are composted to make new soil - No Waste!
A less obvious problem with putting leaves in the gutters shows up as the leaves make their way to the Napa River. Stormwater, unlike the water leaving your house through the drains in the sink, toilets and tubs isn’t treated before it makes its way to the River. When leaves get into the River, they change the water temperature and absorb oxygen as they breakdown, stressing our wildlife’s ability to survive – and wet leaves make great breeding grounds for those pesky mosquitoes.
You may see our Public Works Crews out on the streets preparing for the wet season storms on the not-to-distant horizon, working with big equipment that vacuums out the stormdrain inlets. But for neighborhoods with a lot of leaf fall and where neighbors put leaves in the gutters, you’re likely to see them out in the rain with rakes and shovels and Road Closed signs because the leaves clog the drains repeatedly and cause walkway and driving hazards. Don’t let your street be one of those flooded zones!
Disposing of leaves in the gutters and stormdrain inlets is a violation of American Canyon’s Municipal Code 14.28 (Stormwater and Pollution Discharge Control Program).
You Can Help Prevent Flooding on Your Street – Use Your Yard Waste Bin!