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 programs.

Stormwater Measures Rebate Program

The Public Works Storm Drain Management 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 feedback 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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Did you know?

It is illegal to dump refuse in the storm drain, and creeks.


For more information, see Chapter 5.20.190 of the City Municipal Code.

View real-time creek level data. The creek monitor is temporarily offline due to construction of the Caltrans bridge widening project at San Francisquito Creek and U.S. Highway 101.
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Storm Water Management Fee
New property-owner approved Storm Water Management Fee will fund storm water operations and capital improvement program through 2032.
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