Have you seen illegal dumping into local storm drains or flood channels?

SAN DIEGO (FOX 5/KUSI) – The City of San Diego is urging residents to report illegal dumping into local storm drains or floodways.

In a news release Friday, city officials said they want to crack down on violators who could face a fine for dumping trash.

“Residents play a key role in keeping our communities safe and clean,” said Stormwater Authority Director Todd Snyder. “If you see something that may impact the stormwater system, say something. Do your part by reporting stormwater pollution – such as landscape debris, clogged storm drains or trash in canals – when you see it.”

In addition to being dangerous to the environment, illegal dumping can pose the risk of clogging critical stormwater infrastructure, which can increase the risk of localized flooding.

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Back in January, a wet winter storm caused flooding in several southeastern and southern neighborhoods. Since then, emergency crews have cleared tons of storm debris and trash from more than 14 miles of storm drains under an emergency order.

As the district explains, the rainwater runoff ends up in the stormwater sewer system untreated. This runoff collects pollutants and carries them into local waterways and beaches, which can harm wildlife and negatively impact the health of local communities.

Violators could face a $1,000 fine if they dump trash and other materials into the stormwater system, county officials warned. Incidents of illegal dumping can be reported through the city's Get It Done app, by phone at 619-235-1000 or by email at [email protected].

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