Town Of Moraga

Property Owners Responsible for Creeks and Storm Drains

The maintenance of creeks and storm drain systems running through private properties is the responsibility of the property owner. Creek maintenance requires removing overgrown vegetation along the banks and bottom of creeks and obstructions such as fallen trees that block or restrict the flow of the creek. If there is another property on the other side of the creek, each property owner’s responsibility extends to the middle of the creek. Storm drain maintenance requires removing debris from inlets, concrete drainage swales, and pipes. The latter may require a professional pipe rooter to clear out plugged drains. A poorly maintained creek and private storm drain system can cause a blockage that could potentially cause damage to your property and property owners up and downstream from your location.

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