Stormwater Services

Reporting a spill or discharge into the storm drain? 

If a spill is underway, call 911, to get it contained. To report imminent, repeat or suspected releases call the City's Environmental Programs staff at 510-596-3728 or use "Engage Emeryville" below.

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Residential Stormwater Best Practices

Resources for Business:

General Business Information
Food Service
Mobile Services

Stormwater Treatment Requirements

Effective January 1, 2022, for City of Emeryville Stormwater issues or concerns, please call 510-596-3728.

For a guide to East Bay creeks and more information go to the Alameda County Clean Water Program website.
Find your watershed! Alameda County Flood Control & Water Conservation District Watersheds Interactive Maps
Check out these Creek and Watershed Maps from the Oakland Museum of California.

Flood Zone Designation for the City of Emeryville

Pursuant to the letter from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Insurance Program, dated April 28, 1978, the January 16, 1976, Flood Hazard Boundary Map was rescinded effective April 21, 1978. The City of Emeryville no longer has a Flood Hazard Boundary Map. The entire City of Emeryville is designated as Zone C in the National Flood Insurance Program. In Zone C, flood insurance in on a voluntary basis.

Maurice Kaufman, Sr. Civil Engineer
December 15, 2006

Additionally, Alameda County Flood Control & Water Conservation District classifies Emeryville under Zone 12. Learn more about the neighborhoods in Zone 12 as well as new and ongoing projects in the zone here

Full Trash Capture Device for Storm Water Requirement

Requirements for cities to ensure that trash does not enter their storm drain systems are becoming increasingly stringent, leading to a mandate that no litter at all be permitted to enter storm drains by 2025. These regulations are in the Municipal Regional National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit (or MRP), issued by the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board (“Water Board”) most recently in May 2022.

There are several ways to comply with these requirements, but the one the Water Board prefers is to install approved full trash capture devices in inlets or at key points in the storm drain system itself. The requirements apply to public lands and to “lands that [cities] do not own or operate, but that are plumbed directly to their storm drain systems …,” which includes all of Emeryville. The City is beginning to require that land owners/operators install approved trash capture devices in all storm drain inlets. The devices must then be maintained by the owner/operator to meet regulatory requirements, as follows:

“Maintain, and provide for inspection and review upon request, documentation of the design, operation, and maintenance of each of their full trash capture systems, including the mapped location and drainage area served by each system.” Details of the maintenance requirements are in section C.10.b.i.a. of the MRP linked above.

The Water Board has worked with the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District to produce a list of approved full trash capture devices. That list can be found here.