The city's stormwater program seeks to maintain a healthy aquatic environment by keeping pollutants out of the storm drain system, creeks, and the bay. The program strives to reduce trash and pesticide use, engage residents, and educate businesses on practices to reduce or eliminate pollutants in our water bodies.

Sand Bags for Rain Events

Equipment and supplies for public self-service are available 24/7:
  • Corp Yard back entrance - Harbour Way north of Ohio Ave, between Tabernacle of Praise Church and the Richmond Greenway
  • Bayview Fire Station #64 - 4801 Bayview Ave, front parking lot
  • Contra Costa County also provides at 5555 Giant Highway (bring your own shovel)
For more information or to request drop-off (Seniors & Disabled only, Mon-Fri 7am to 2pm) call 510-231-3011

Stormwater Specific Permits

Stormwater-specific permits for industrial and commercial businesses will be issued in July 2010 to additional business classifications. See the Permit FAQ.

Volunteer Opportunities

September is Coastal Cleanup Month! Two ways to participate:

Self-guided neighborhood cleanups: 

Participate throughout the month by cleaning your neighborhoods, parks, and other local areas. Trash from inland areas flows downstream to the coast, so cleaning up neighborhood trash prevents marine debris. Gather cleanup supplies from home, download the CleanSwell app (to count your trash, and to have your trash counted!), and clean on your own time throughout September.

California Coastal Cleanup Day: Saturday September 18, 2021 from 9am-noon 

join The Watershed Project, the City of Richmond, and Supervisor John Gioia’s office for Coastal Cleanup Day, the state’s largest shoreline cleanup project. Volunteers are needed to pick up the massive amounts of debris that accumulate on our beaches and inland shorelines. Join us in saving marine habitat. Bring your families and friends. 

Shimada Friendship Park, Peninsula Drive and Marina Bay Pkwy, Richmond CA

Volunteers will walk the Bay Trail and the salt marsh picking up trash and debris.  There is also a small beach area suitable for children.  Wear boots or shoes that can get dirty and use sun protection. Materials will be provided, but please bring reusable items such as plastic baskets, bags, and gloves, if you have them.  No lunch this year but coffee & snacks provided. Register

Ferry Point at Miller-Knox EBRP, Dornan Drive & Brickyard Cove Rd

Hosted by the City and Groundwork Richmond. Park in the small parking lot or along Dornan Dr. Easy bicycle access on the Bay Trail. Materials will be provided, but please bring reusable items such as plastic baskets, bags, and gloves, if you have them. Coffee & snacks provided. Register