Pollution Prevention for Businesses

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Industrial and Commercial Activities


Activities that take place at commercial and industrial areas, such as material, chemical, and waste handling, are often exposed to the weather. As runoff from rain comes into contact with these materials, it can transport pollutants to nearby storm drains, wetlands, and creeks. Specific commercial and industrial activities that may contribute to stormwater pollution may include vehicle maintenance, vehicle washing, spills, outdoor materials storage, trash, and chemical leaks from containers. The goal of the Commercial and Industrial Program is to reduce or control the discharge of pollutants in runoff from these activities. The City has established this program to encourage and assist businesses in their efforts to promote stormwater pollution prevention.

City activities under the Industrial and Commercial Activities Program include:

  • Inspecting all industrial and commercial sites within the city’s inventory once per year for pollution prevention.  
  • Promoting the Partners for a Greener Davis Program which provides a checklist of items to assist businesses in operating in an environmentally-friendly fashion.
  • Requiring and reviewing Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) for applicable industrial businesses.
  • Annually inspect all sites required to provide a SWPPP consistent with the State’s Industrial General Permit.
  • Develop and distribute educational outreach materials for specific pollution and prevention activities identified at these business locations

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