The City of Beverly Hills is situated within the Santa Monica Bay watershed area. The City's storm drain system is designed to prevent flooding by carrying away excess rainwater from the City streets to the ocean via Ballona Creek. Because the system contains no filters, it will carry urban pollution straight to the ocean. Urban pollution contaminates the ocean, causes beaches to be closed, harms aquatic life, and increases the risk of flooding by clogging gutters and catch basins. It is estimated that storm water pollution costs the Los Angeles area economy more than $26 million per year.
The Storm Water Management Program was established by Federal Regulation 40 CFR122.26 to protect the environment and preserve the coastal water bodies by implementation of the Best Management Practices (BMP) of the Storm Water Quality Management Program (SQMP). The City of Beverly Hills, in accordance with the Regulation, has undertaken a public information and outreach program to educate residents and businesses in the City about their obligations under Federal Regulation 40 CFR122.26.
Landscaping and gardening activities, illegal discharge of pool water with chlorine or algaecides, and dumping of household chemicals are major contributors to urban runoff pollution.
The City has information describing storm drain protection measures for:
For more information about storm drain protection, please contact Public Works Customer Service at (310) 285-2467.
Information for Business
In accordance with the Development Planning Program, a Standard Urban Storm Water Mitigation Protection Plan (SUSMP) is required for parking lots with 5000 square feet or more surface area or with 25 or more parking spaces.
In accordance with the Construction Program, a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is required for grading a one-acre or larger construction site.
In accordance with the Industrial/Commercial Facilities Control Program, the City will inspect: