To report pollution or water waste violations use Report It! or call Public Works 760-839-4668.
The City of Escondido is committed to protecting our watersheds in compliance with environmental regulations. The storm drain system funnels runoff from developed areas and construction sites into our creeks, lakes, and oceans untreated.
All new and re-development projects and construction activities are required to comply with local, regional, and state storm water permits. A project site is subject to regulation and inspection during all phases of development: planning, construction, and post-construction. The Environmental Programs Division works with relevant departments (Planning, Building, Engineering, and Field Engineering) to provide guidance about which Best Management Practices to select and implement to keep your site in compliance.
Best Management Practices for Storm Water
Best Management Practices, known commonly as BMPs, are structural and non-structural actions needed to reduce pollution from paved surfaces. In an urbanized area like Escondido, storm water runoff is impacted by the behaviors and daily activities of the people living and working here. Even seemingly harmless materials such as sediment and irrigation runoff can harm the water quality of downstream creek habitats. The purpose of BMPs is to eliminate or reduce pollutants in our local waterways by controlling, treating, and reducing storm water flow.
All projects are expected to prevent pollution by implementing relevant BMPs during site design, construction, and operation through the use of structural and source control BMPs. The types of BMPs will vary according to your project type. The type of BMPs to plan for and implement will vary according to your project type. To help you get started visit New and Re-development projects.