Stormwater Pollution & Prevention
Keeping our Water Healthy
Healthy creeks, rivers, lakes and bays are important to Zone 7 and we provide resources to residents and businesses to avoid water pollution and encourage personal action to prevent polluted runoff from entering our waterways.
What is a Watershed?
No matter where you live .… you live in a watershed.
A watershed is the land area that channels rainfall to creeks, streams, rivers and eventually to reservoirs, bays, lakes and the ocean. In other words, all of the land in Zone 7 leads to at least one body of water; so no matter where you stand, you are in a watershed!
The water that drains within the watersheds of Zone 7 also carries pollutants like litter, cigarette butts, fertilizer, pesticides, pet waste, motor oil and lawn clippings, which are transported to our streams, rivers or channels and swept out to larger bodies of water.
Zone 7 Watersheds
Bethany Reservoir and Lake Del Valle collect water that flows across the land surrounding each body of water.
The Alameda Creek Watershed consists of many streams, arroyos, and groundwater channels that converge and drain the region’s stormwater runoff into Alameda Creek, the third largest tributary to the San Francisco Bay. The Alameda Creek Watershed, covers about 700 square miles from Mt. Diablo in the north to Mt. Hamilton in the south. It is also one of the Bay Area’s largest watersheds.
The northern watershed includes Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin and San Ramon where the arroyos channel water to the Alameda Creek which then carries water out to the San Francisco Bay. Arroyo is Spanish for “dry stream” and describes a stream or creek that dries out or fills up with water, depending on the time of year or weather. These arroyos, in constant flux, play a vital role in wildlife habitat, water supply, a conduit for flood waters, opportunities for recreation, and a host of aesthetic and environmental values. Protecting our arroyos is vital to a healthy watershed and the ecosystem of the San Francisco Bay.
Pollution Prevention Tips
When it comes to the contamination that harms our watersheds, groundwater resources, and the Bay, you are the solution!
From washing your car, picking up litter, clearing storm drains, controlling garden pests, or properly disposing of old paint or other hazardous items, every little bit makes a difference. To learn more, check out the Alameda County Clean Water Program. Together we work to safeguard the health of our creeks, wetlands and bay.
Visit StopWaste to learn how you can safely dispose of your household hazardous waste, keep your home and our watersheds toxic free!
This multi-agency partnership enhances and maintains the urban streams and streamside habitats of the Livermore-Amador Valley, while continuing to protect drinking water supplies and prevent flooding. The program relies on active community support and involvement.
Program volunteers create beautiful, safe, natural areas that serve the needs of people and other living things.
Living Arroyos increases opportunities for local residents to engage in hands-on watershed stewardship, and to establish relationships with streams near their homes.
Other Volunteer Opportunities for Creek Cleanups
Zone 7 is participating in the Adopt-a-Creek Spot program in Livermore. The program is looking for groups to adopt spots on a year-round basis.
As part of the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, Zone 7 will assist the Valley’s cities in organizing community cleanups of trash, old tires and other debris along several creeks.
Annually, hundreds of pounds of trash and recyclable material, dozens of tires, and things like shopping carts, are pulled from our Valley’s arroyos. To learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities, see our calendar of events.