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Environmental Programs

STORMWATER PROGRAM OVERVIEW

ENGINEERING AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Engineering responsibilities also include those of preserving our environment. In managing City projects we encourage and require the use of environmentally friendly practices, which include:

  • Erosion Control
  • Proper Disposal of Waste
  • Recycling
  • Safe Substitutes for Pest Control
  • Waste Minimizing
  • Water Pollution Prevention

We raise public awareness of environmental issues through brochures and handouts. Members of the Engineering staff also voluntarily work in public venues at booths that promote the reduction of pollution and other environmental issues.

Perhaps the most important environmental issue Engineering faces involves the storm drain system.

STORM DRAINS AND POLLUTION PREVENTION

The storm drains underneath the City carry away rainwater to prevent flooding in the streets. Unlike the water that enters the sewer system, which is filtered and treated before being released back to the environment in reclaimed form, storm drain water goes directly to the ocean without being treated. Pollutants the storm water comes in contact with - including pesticides, automotive fluids, construction debris, and yard waste - are carried through the storm drain system and out to the ocean as well.

In managing the storm drain system, Engineering works toward preventing pollutants from entering the system. Regular inspections of construction work in the City are conducted to ensure that not only are structures being built correctly, but that construction companies also follow procedures designed to reduce pollution.

BMP'S AND BMP PAMPHLETS

Best Management Practices (BMP's) are any activities, practices, facilities, and/or procedures that will prevent or reduce pollutants in discharges to storm drains. These include education and outreach, proper planning of development projects, proper cleaning of catch basin inlets, and proper sludge- or waste-handling and disposal.

You can obtain these BMP pamphlets at the Engineering Counter:

Automotive Maintenance and Car Care
Home Repair and Remodeling
Fresh Concrete and Mortar Application
General Construction and Site Supervision
Heavy Equipment and Earth-Moving Activities
Landscaping, Gardening, and Pest Control
Painting
Roadwork and Paving

Additional BMP information can be obtained at:www.jlha.net/RedondoStormWater.htm

Engineering has a Contractor/Developer Information Checklist that can tell you which of the BMP pamphlets apply to your construction/development project.

NPDES PROGRAMS

The Federal Clean Water Act regulates and promotes the reduction of pollutants in United States waters. To do this the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) was created. Several years ago NPDES was expanded to include storm water and urban runoff discharge into municipal storm drain systems.

The City of Redondo Beach is a co-permittee under the NPDES program. As such, the City is implementing a Stormwater Program to prevent pollution of the City's storm drains.  Click below to view the City's most current NPDES permit:

2007-08 NPDES Permit

PDF files of the City's Santa Monica Bay Beaches Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load (SMBBB TMDL) Implementation Plan for Jurisdictional Groups 5 & 6 and the current Coordinated Shoreline Monitoring Plan can be reached via the links below:

SMBBB TMDL Implementation Plan for Jurisdictional Groups 5 & 6

SMBBB TMDL Coordinated Shoreline Monitoring Plan


THINGS YOU CAN DO AT HOME

Doing one or more of the following will minimize some of the pollution to the storm drains, and will be better for the environment as a whole:

Don't litter. 
Keep the gutter clean.
Try drip irrigation, composting, and grass-cycling.
Purchase bulk items with minimal packaging.
Sweep sidewalks and driveways instead of hosing them.
Take unused solvents and toxic products to a hazardous waste round up.
Use recycled and/or environmentally friendly cleaners and pesticides.
Recycle glass, metals, plastics, paper, and cardboard.
Take canvas bags to the market and shopping malls.
Recycle motor oil, antifreeze, and oil filters.
Make sure your car does not leak fluids.
Use items that are non-disposable.
Pick up after your pet.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Construction Material Disposal Options

Use a crushing company like those listed below to recycle cement, asphalt and porcelain rather than taking them to a landfill.

Blue Diamond
Irwindale
(800) 300-6120

Copp Crushing
Anaheim, Temecula, Chino & Santa Fe Springs
(562) 802-2141

RJ Noble
Santa Ana
(714) 637-1550

Spill Response Agencies

City of Redondo Beach Department of Public Works
(310) 318-0686

City of Redondo Beach Police Department, Emergency Services
(310) 379-2477

Recycling & Hazardous Waste Disposal

City of Redondo Beach Department of Public Works
(310) 318-0686

County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works
Recycling & Household Hazardous Waste Hotline
(626) 458-HELP

To Report Illegal Dumping:

City of Redondo Beach Department of Public Works
(310) 318-0686

County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works
(888) CLEAN-LA

To Report a Clogged Catch Basin:

City of Redondo Beach Department of Public Works
(310) 318-0686

County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works
(626) 458-HELP


CONTRACTOR/DEVELOPER INFORMATION CHECKLIST

City to provide these BMP pamphlets Roadwork and Paving Landscaping, Gardening and Pest Control General Construction and Site Supervision Heavy Equipment & Earth-Moving Activities Home Repair and Remodeling Fresh Concrete and Mortar Application Automotive Maintenance and Car Care
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