MCM 3 - Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination

The Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Program is implemented by the City directly in coordination with its Public Outreach & Education Program (MCM1) to help educate the public on how to identify an illicit discharges and how to report such activities.

If you see an illicit discharge into the public right-of-way, please contact the Public Works Department (831) 884-1212 or the Marina Police non-emergency number (831) 384-7575.

Illegal discharges include, but are not limited to, the following list unless the discharge is permitted under a separate NPDES permit or as allowed by BMPs published or approved by the City Public Works Department:

  • Water from the cleaning of gas stations, vehicle service garages, or other types of vehicle service facilities;
  • Water, cleansers, or solvents from the cleaning of vehicles, machinery or equipment, and other such commercial and industrial operations;
  • Water from the washing or rinsing of vehicles containing soap, detergents, solvents, or other cleaners;
  • Water from the washing or rinsing of vehicles, with or without soap, from auto body repair shops;
  • Water from the cleaning or rinsing of vehicle engine, undercarriage, or auto parts cleaning;
  • Vehicle fluids;
  • Mat wash and hood cleaning water from food service facilities;
  • Food and kitchen cleaning water from food service facilities;
  • Leakage from dumpsters or trash containers;
  • Water from the cleaning or rinsing of garbage dumpster areas and areas where garbage is stored or contained;
  • Water from pressure washing, steam cleaning, and hand scrubbing of sidewalks, gutters, plazas, alleyways, outdoor eating areas, steps, building exteriors, walls, driveways, and other outdoor surfaces;
  • Wastewater or cleaning fluids from carpet cleaning;
  • Swimming pool and spa water;
  • Wash out from concrete trucks;
  • Potentially contaminated runoff from areas where hazardous substances, including diesel fuel, gasoline and motor oil are stored; and
  • Super-chlorinated water normally associated with the disinfection of potable water systems.