VTA Stormwater Management Program
I. Trash & Litter is enemy number one!
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 email@example.com. Another option is to download and use the VTAlerts app, available on android and iOS devices.
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.
Landscaping and Garden Maintenance
- 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
Download these tips to reduce stormwater pollution.
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.