Water pollution occurs when pollutants are directly or indirectly discharged into water bodies, by way of storm drains, creeks, and runoff, and affects plants and organisms living in and around waterways. In almost all cases the effect is damaging not only to individual species and populations, but also to the natural biological communities.
In 2009,The Municipal Regional Stormwater NPDES Permit (MRP) was adopted by the Water Board to address water pollution prevention and covers stormwater discharges from municipalities and local agencies.
Hazardous Household Waste
Household Hazardous Waste Program
To schedule an appointment for a Hazardous Household Waste event, you must make an appointment through San Mateo County HHW online at: smchealth.org/hhw or by calling (650) 363-4718, and select option 3.
20 billion single-use plastic bags are used every year in California, and most end up in landfills, as litter on land and in our waterways, and harms wildlife. We can all help reduce plastic and litter just by switching over to reusable items such as reusable shopping bags and reusable water bottles. You can also participate in local clean-ups-listed under "Family Events" in the City calendar.
BAG IT- The Movie (Watch Trailer)
Follow an average american who decides to give up using plastic bags, and ends up learning more than he ever dreamed about plastic in our lives, our oceans, and our bodies.
A story of a Red Tail Hawk
A Red Tail Hawk was found stuck in a tree with a plastic bag around its neck at Nesbit School. Belmont Fire Engine 14 arrived to find the hawk stuck 40 feet up
in a tree, being harassed by the local band of crows and contacted Animal Control for assistance. The Animal Control Officer climbed the ladder to find that the Hawk was stuck to the tree with a plastic bag around its neck and attached to a limb on
the tree. Crews removed the plastic bag and additional string from the hawk and was examined by Animal Control. The Red Tail hawk was reported to be in good condition, released and flew off.
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