Many residents are not aware that Seal Beach has two drainage systems - the sewers and the storm drains. Sewers carry waste to a sewage treatment plant where the water is cleaned and then reused or deposited into the ocean away from beaches. The storm drain system was designed to solely prevent flooding of City streets by carrying excess rainwater out to the ocean. If pollutants are dumped into the drainage system, they are carried to the ocean.
Much of Seal Beach's run-off drains into the Naval Weapons Base with the remainder split between the Pacific Ocean, Coyote Creek, and the San Gabriel River.
To help preserve the quality of life for our residents, beachgoers, and sea life, the City of Seal Beach has implemented a number of programs to help reduce the amount of pollutants mixing with storm and urban runoff. By implementing these programs, we hope to not only clean up our water, but preserve aquatic life for years to come. Below is a list of some of the City's programs:
As a resident or business owner in Seal Beach there are some simple steps you can take to help prevent storm water pollution: