The Santa Clara River is at risk of pollution during flooding. Green Santa Clarita is encouraging residents to keep the river clean by following a few helpful guidelines.
The Santa Clara River is a typical southwestern river system, with dry and wet cycles. The wildlife and native vegetation know how to find the water during the dry periods; under the river. That’s where much of the Santa Clarita Valley gets its drinking water supply – in the aquifer under the Santa Clara River.
Rain and irrigation water flows down the street and into the storm drains to prevent flooding, but it carries pollution left on driveways, sidewalks, and streets directly to the Santa Clara River without treatment.
Here are a few simple actions each of us can do to minimize pollution in the river:
* Try not to apply chemicals in your yard. If you must apply any lawn and garden chemicals, read the package instructions, turn off your irrigation, and only apply when there is no rain in the forecast for at least a few days.
* Place all trash and litter in a trash can. This includes fast food and food truck waste, diapers, cigarette butts, and any other trash. Also, make sure you pick up after your dog at home and during walks.
* Please do not dump items in the Santa Clara River or on streets and sidewalks. There are options for bulky item collection and places to dispose of these items for free. Please plan ahead when making a new purchase or doing a project so that you can manage these large items properly. Contact the City’s Environmental Services division for disposal options at 661-286-4098.
* Finally, as a safety reminder, the Santa Clara River can be a dangerous place to be during the rainy season. During heavy rains the river will rise incredibly fast, and can create a dangerous situation for victims and rescuers alike. Please keep out of the Santa Clara River when it is raining.
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