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: Sep 2, 2015
Storm Water Management Fee
New Storm Water Management Fee proposed for property owner approval would fund storm water operations and capital improvement program through 2032.

Sandbag Day 2016!
The City of Palo Alto will be holding a Sandbag Day event on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (or until supplies last) at the Municipal Service Center located at 3201 E. Bayshore Road.

View real-time creek level data.

Lincoln Avenue Storm Drain Improvement Project Phase III
From Middlefield Road to Alma Street

Filled Sandbags Available While Supplies Last
More than 25,000 filled sandbags have already been distributed, and the City has an additional 5,000 filled sandbags available until supplies last.