What is stormwater?
Water from rain and melting snow either soaks into the ground or “runs off” to lower areas, flowing into gutters and storm drains and then to creeks, lakes, and the Sacramento River. On its way, runoff water, or stormwater, can pick up and carry substances that pollute water. Some substances – like pesticides, fertilizers, oil and soap – are harmful in any quantity. Others – like sediment from construction, bare soil, or agricultural land, or pet waste, grass clippings and leaves – can harm creeks, rivers and lakes when present in sufficient quantities.
While rain and snow are natural, stormwater and the pollutants it contains are not! It’s our job to keep Mt Shasta’s waterways clean.
The City of Mt Shasta is currently updating its Stormwater Master Plan, and we need your help!
The Stormwater Master Plan will identify and prioritize stormwater projects that provide multiple benefits, including water quality, water supply, flood management, environmental quality, and community enhancement. The “City of Pure Water” needs a strong Stormwater Master Plan to guide staff actions, determine spending priorities, and protect our environment. The new Plan will help ensure the City and its waterways are safe, beautiful, and clean, but we can’t do it alone. You are a part of the solution too, and we need your participation!
How can I get involved?
Take our public survey and share your ideas!
Attend a public meeting! We have two scheduled in the coming weeks!
Clean water is protected by an informed public. To learn more about stormwater issues and what property owners and members of the community can do, watch this series of educational videos.
A draft of the Master Plan Outline is available for public review: Stormwater Master Plan Outline – October 28, 2019
Report a drainage problem:
To contact our Public Works Dept, by call (530) 926-7510 during City Hall Business Hours (9:00am-4:00pm)
For more information contact:
Frank Lyles, CivicSpark Fellow
This project is made possible by the CivicSpark Program. CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address climate change and water management needs.
The Local Government Commission (LGC) is a non-profit organization that works to build livable communities and local leadership nationwide.