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Report Stormwater Pollution

Report Stormwater Pollution

On Port Tidelands

Click here to report pollution, trash, graffiti, or damages on or around the San Diego Bay, and more.

  • Here are helpful tips to submit your stormwater pollution concern through the Service Portal:
    • Trash or Illegal dumping - go to "Trash and Maintenance"
    • Over-irrigation - go to "Irrigation"
    • All other non-stormwater related discharges ( Any discharge to the storm drains or directly to the bay that is not rain water resulting from a storm event. ) - go to "Non-Stormwater Discharges"

Additional ways to report pollution on Port Tidelands

  • Call the Port's Stormwater Hotline: 619.686.6254
  • Off business hours (outside regular business hours and on weekends)
    Contact Harbor Police at 619.686.6272

Off Port Tidelands

City of San Diego

Visit Project Clean Water at for more information on reporting a spill off Port Tidelands.

Click here to get storm preparedness tips from the City of San Diego 


    Report an Illegal Spill or Discharge in or near San Diego Bay

    • Harbor Police
    • Coast Guard

    Illegal Discharges and Over-irrigation

    An illegal discharge is any discharge or release into stormwater, the storm drains, receiving waters, or land that is not composed entirely of stormwater except conditionally allowed discharges described in the Port’s Stormwater Management and Discharge Control Ordinance, Article 10 – Ordinance No. 2815

    Examples of illegal discharge include: irrigation runoff, air conditioning condensate, diesel fuel, trash, and oil. 

    Over-irrigation discharges are prohibited from entering the storm drain system. Irrigation runoff can pick up pollutants that accumulate on the ground like dirt, bacteria, trash, and motor oil, and may send it into the nearest storm drain. Eventually, bacteria and other pollutants in the storm drain system would enter our creeks and beaches untreated. You can help to let us know when over-irrigation is occurring by using one of the reporting tools above. 

    It is important to realize that not only does over-irrigation cause illegal discharges, it also wastes water. For more information on the California drought and local water district restrictions and prohibitions, visit:

    •    The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) 
    •    Sweetwater Authority 

    Want to know more on what resources are available for the public and businesses? SDCWA and Sweetwater Authority provide a variety of resources relating to water conservation activities and incentives.

    CA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment


    Report other issues in or around San Diego Bay