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Spills or Dumping
Spills or Dumping on City Streets or in Creeks

The City of Cloverdale provides services for public drainage systems within the city limits. If your property is outside of the city limits, please call the County of Sonoma for public drainage services:

Reporting Spills Within the City limits        Call 911 or Cloverdale Dispatch: 707 894-2526
Reporting Spills Outside City limits             
24 hour phone 707 576-1365 (REDCOM)

County webpage for other numbers:

What is a spill?

Section 16.10.060 of the City's Storm Water Ordinance defines a spill as: discharge into the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) or watercourses of “any materials, including but not limited to pollutants or waters containing any pollutants that cause or contribute to a violation of applicable water quality standards, other than storm water.”

What happens when a spill is reported?

When a spill is reported, personnel are quickly dispatched to the scene to evaluate the situation. The City’s primary focus is to educate the public about water quality and the importance of pollution prevention.  Depending on the type and amount of material spilled and the spill location, additional City Departments and other agencies may be called in, including the City of Cloverdale Public Works and Police Departments, the Cloverdale Fire District, Sonoma County Water Agency, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.

The most commonly reported spills include motor oil, paint, gray/soapy water, silt/mud/dirt, concreted, and gas/diesel.

What to expect on site:
  • In most cases the spill response team member works with the responsible party involved, providing instructions on cleanup (if necessary) and educational materials.
  • In some cases the spill responder will call Public Works for assistance in clean-up, and depending on the spill material type, amount and other factors; the individual responsible for the spill may be billed for the cleanup cost.
  • In rare cases, as with multiple repeat offenders, a Notice of Violation is issued which carries a fine of $500 a day per violation. 

When dealing with a business, a letter may be sent asking for a written statement of their Best Management Practices to prevent Spills and Spill Cleanup. Failure to comply can result in a Notice of Violation.

Information about the spill is recorded in a database and later collated and analyzed to direct the City’s educational and outreach efforts. The data is also used to better our understanding how our activities affect the environment of local creeks.

Cloverdale City Hall
124 N. Cloverdale Blvd.
Cloverdale, CA 95425
Phone: 707.894.2521
Fax: 707.894.3451
Hours: M-Th, 8a-5p