The City of Lodi offers guides to automotive businesses and food establishments to help prevent stormwater pollution.  For additional information, contact the Public Works Department at (209) 333-6740.

This guide is being provided as a tool to let you know that federal and state storm water regulations now require many kinds of eating and drinking establishments to take steps to prevent stormwater pollution.   Stormwater is one of the major source of pollutants in the San Joaquin creeks and rivers.  By reading this training guide and educating yourself on what causes storm water pollution you are on the right path to preventing it.   Within this guide you will be introduced to Best Management Practices (BMPs) which are actions you, your managers and employees can take to prevent or reduce pollutants from leaving your business. By using this training guide, you can proactively help to protect our waterways.

Clean eating and drinking establishments are important to everyone. However, when not properly handled and managed, routine activities that keep businesses clean, or that assists in food production, can contribute to the pollution of our watersheds and the Delta. Pollution can harm aquatic habitats, human health, and ultimately can result in waterway closures. Being a successful business and an environmentally responsible eating and drinking establishment go hand-in-hand. The County of San Joaquin and the cities within it, Lathrop, Lodi, Manteca, Ripon, Stockton and Tracy have developed minimum BMPs for eating and drinking establishments.

Please note that this training guide is not intended to provide requirements for all regulations that may pertain to your business. The goal of this guide is to educate businesses on stormwater BMPs.

The Cities and County of San Joaquin encourage you to share this information with all of your employees. To help ensure compliance, train all employees on a quarterly basis, review stormwater BMPs, and practice pollution prevention.

A single employee's mistake or misunderstanding at the wrong time, in the wrong place, can lead to a costly pollution incident.  Fines and penalties are based on type and amount of illegally discharged or dumped material.  Each violation can be based on, but not limited to, a cost/recovery fine and/or enforcement fine.

Thank you for being environmentally responsible and for keeping the San Joaquin region a desirable place for people to live and visit! Should you have any questions, please contact your local jurisdiction (see last page of this guide).