Flood and Storm Drains

Want to save money, reduce stormwater runoff, conserve water, and help protect the health of our creeks and San Francisco Bay? Learn more about our innovative Stormwater Measures Rebate Program.

Welcome to the Department of Public Works Storm Drain Management Program website. This program is responsible for the approval, construction, and maintenance of the storm drain system in Palo Alto. Follow the links on this page to learn more about our programs and services.

  • Palo Alto has installed creek monitoring devices. These devices constantly feed back creek level information. The images generated from this data can be monitored by residents.
  • If you notice any unusual substance in or around a storm drain, or if you see someone dumping anything into the storm drain, street, or gutter, to local creeks or the Bay, or elsewhere in the outdoor environment, don't wait! Go to the Reporting Spills, Back-Ups, or Dumping page for more information.
  • The San Francisquito Creek Bank Stabilization Master Plan is intended to assist agencies and landowners' consultants in the planning, conceptual design and permitting of San Francisquito Creek bank stabilization and revegetation projects.
  • In order to address community concerns regarding flooding and environmental preservation on San Francisquito Creek, the City of Palo Alto has worked with neighboring jurisdictions to create the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority.

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Last Updated: Nov 6, 2013
View real-time creek level data.

Crime Watch and Personal Preparedness
The recent Napa earthquake, just weeks behind us, is another example of the unpredictability of any disaster. Understanding that first responders will be overwhelmed in a disaster is a key reason to prepare you and your family now. Knowing how to prepare before hand and respond during will reduce the burden on responders and save lives.

Location: Friends Meeting Hall - 957 Colorado (back building) from 7:00 - 9:00PM

This event is free and open to the public, but will require an RSVP to epvolunteers@paneighborhoods.org
Attendees will receive a free gift while supplies last