Storm Water Pollution Prevention

Pools, Spas and Fountains
The water from your pool, spa or fountain contains contaminants that can harm our creeks and bay. If you must drain your pool, spa or fountain, learn how to do it without harming the environment.
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Look for your sanitary sewer clean-out for draining your pool.

Smoking Restrictions in Palo Alto

In 2017, the City of Palo Alto, recognizing the dangers of smoking and secondary smoke, adopted revisions to the City's existing Smoking and Tobacco Regulations (Municipal Code 9.14-Smoking and Tobacco Regulations) to prohibit smoking in designated public spaces, including outdoor dining areas, entryways, public events, recreation areas, and service areas and multi-family residential units.


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Palo Alto Teams Up with Girl Scouts in Straw Awareness Campaign

Did you know 500 million straws are used each day in the United States alone? Plastic straws are one of the top 10 marine debris items found on our beaches. Unlike compostable items, plastic never disappears, instead it breaks down into tinier pieces that marine life can mistake as food. Join Girl Scout Troop 60016 in their campaign to go strawless!


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Renzel Marsh Pond Maintenance Project

The City of Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant (RWQCP) will begin repairs to the constructed freshwater Renzel Marsh Pond along East Bayshore Road in April 2018. The site will be drained, excess sediment and cattails will be removed and the berm will be repaired. The pond will then be refilled and cattails will be allowed to regrow.


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Council Votes to Snuff Out Smoking in Multi-Use Residences

In 2017, the City of Palo Alto, recognizing the dangers of smoking and secondary smoke, adopted revisions to the City’s existing Smoking and Tobacco Regulations (Ordinance 9.14) to prohibit smoking in designated public spaces, including outdoor dining areas, entryways, public events, recreation areas, and service areas and multi-family residential units. Smoking restrictions for public areas and multi-unit residences are summarized below.


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