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VTA Stormwater Management Program

I.  Trash & Litter is enemy number one!

Picture shows how trash gets into creeks

Illicit discharges occur when excessive water from irrigation, car washing and other sources carries litter, pesticides, oil, pet waste, and other pollutants directly into the storm drain system.  Unlike water that enters the sewer system, such as from a kitchen sink, water flowing to storm drains is not treated.

The storm drain system is a major source of pollution in San Francisco Bay, posing a threat to wildlife and water quality, due to pollutants that mix with clean rain water.  

VTA is committed to protecting local creeks and rivers, and in turn the San Francisco Bay to which they flow, by preventing pollution from stormwater runoff.  ​

II.  Report Illicit Discharge - Only Rain Down the Drain!

If you observe trash or debris on the ground, or illegal dumping, at a VTA transit facility immediately call (408) 321-2300, hearing impaired only (408) 321-2330. Or e-mail customer.service@vta.org.  Another option is to download and use the VTAlerts app, available on android and iOS devices.  

Picture of Ed and Flo Trash Your Trash


Landscaping and Garden Maintenance

Leaves, lawn clippings, soil from construction or landscaping activities and poor irrigation practices can clog storm drains and introduce pesticides or other pollutants into our waterways.
  •  VTA is keeping irrigation water on plants, in the ground, and out of the storm drains by using ​Bioretention Gardens at future BART stations

Here are some ways you can work to keep stormdrains clear of pollutants:

  • Adjust your sprinklers to prevent over-watering, and prevent water from draining onto paved surfaces such as driveways and sidewalks.
  • Consider installing efficient irrigation systems and water-wise plants.
  • Use a broom, not a hose, to clean up outside. Sweep dirt into landscaping to prevent it from entering storm drains.
  • Compost leaves and yard clippings.

Car Washing and Vehicle Maintenance tips.

III.  Pesticides and Water Pollution

Did you know that more than half of California pesticide use is in urban areas - and applied by residents, home gardeners and pest control professionals in and around schools, businesses and homes? To control pests in and around your home, consider managing them naturally by attracting beneficial insects which feed on pests. Remember that when you apply pesticides, you are treating the symptom, rather than the cause of the problem. Physical barriers (soaps and oils) and good housekeeping are always preferable to chemical pesticides. However, in situations where a pesticide is necessary, consider less-toxic products. Using less-toxic products is safer for your family and pets, for beneficial insects and birds, and for our waterways.

Resources:
 Download these tips to reduce stormwater pollution.

Tips to reduce stormwater pollution Image of Stormwater tips in Spanish Image of Stormwater tips in Vietnamese

VTA’s Adopt-A-Stop Program
VTA welcome individuals, families, companies, civic groups, schools, church groups, and youth groups interested in becoming part of the Adopt-A-Stop program. Adopt-A-Stop volunteers agree to keep their designated bus stop clean. This involves keeping the bus stop area free of debris and clutter. 

Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Program 
The Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway Program provides for individuals, organizations, or businesses to help maintain sections of roadside within California's State Highway System.  html codesHtml Codes

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