Water that enters Fremont’s storm drain system flows untreated into the nearest creek or channel and ultimately to the Bay. Stormwater runoff – rain or irrigation water flowing over sidewalks, driveways, and landscaping – can carry pollutants into storm drains.
Talk to your vet about using oral medications to control fleas and ticks.
Why? When you apply a “spot-on” flea and tick product to your pet, it doesn’t just stay there! See the pictures.
Spot-on treatments are applied by pouring liquid onto the back of your pet, between the shoulders. Even though they may seem dry after a few minutes, these products can easily spread around your home and even wind up in our waterways.
Spot-on treatments and other products such as flea collars, sprays, and foggers, contain toxic pesticides. These toxins can also end up in our local waterways when you wash your pet, its bedding, or clothing, or carpets.
Fipronil and imidacloprid are chemicals commonly found in flea and tick treatments. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation is currently reviewing the use of these chemicals because of potential human health risks. These chemicals cannot be completely removed at wastewater treatment facilities. and are discharged into our creeks, channels, and the Bay. These pesticides can accumulate at concentrations that are toxic to sensitive aquatic species.
Why? Flushed medicine flows through the sanitary sewer system which was not designed to remove all pharmaceutical compounds. Small amounts may pass through and be released into the Bay, impacting wildlife.
Fats, Oils, and Grease
After cooking, let fats, oil, and grease cool down and solidify, then transfer to a container such as a soup can. Cover the can and throw it into the trash (up to one quart).
If you have a sanitary sewer overflow in your home, please call a plumber.
Overflow in the street and sidewalks should be reported to Union Sanitary District at 510-477-7500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Use plain soap and warm water instead of using antibacterial soap. Scrub for 15-20 seconds, to fight germs on hands.
Why?Triclosan is toxic and is a common chemical in antibacterial soaps and other products. A registered pesticide and endocrine disrupter, it can be toxic to you and to fish in the Bay.
Throw disposable wipes (even those labeled as disposable) in the trash instead of flushing them.
Why? Disposable wipes can clog your sewer line or the public sewer system, leading to sewage overflows that can endanger public health, the environment, and your property.
Carry disposable bags when you walk your pet. Pick up and throw pet waste in a garbage can. Pet waste from your yard can be thrown in the garbage or toilet (without the bag). Keep pet waste out of compost piles and garden soil.
Why? Pet waste left on sidewalks, streets, yards, or other open areas can be washed away by rain or irrigation water into storm drains. Pet waste contains harmful bacteria and parasites that can cause disease as well as nutrients that encourage algae growth in waterways.
Drain your pool to a sanitary sewer cleanout instead of the storm drain. Call Union Sanitary District for approval first: 510-477-7500
Minimize algae buildup to prevent the need for toxic algaecides, which contain copper.
Why? Draining pools, spas, and fountains with copper, chlorine, sediments, and other contaminants to storm drains can pollute creeks.
Create healthy soil by following these tips, reducing the need for fertilizers.
Why? Pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals can wash off during rain or irrigation into storm drains that flow directly into creeks, channels, and the Bay, affecting the health of humans and wildlife.