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:
Proper Disposal of Waste
Safe Substitutes for Pest Control
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.
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.
What can Redondo Beach residents and businesses do to help prevent stormwater pollution?
Best management practices (BMPs) are simple ways to prevent stormwater pollution in order to keep our water clean and neighborhoods healthy. Preventing stormwater pollution is good housekeeping and good business--following these BMPs shows your community that you care!
You can access BMP pamphlets from the links below:
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 stormwater 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:
PARTICIPATE IN A CLEANUP EVENT
Did you know that the biggest source of pollution in the ocean is from land based sources? Thousands of tons of waste enter into the ocean daily. There is even an island of garbage twice the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, which is the largest oceanic garbage site in the world!
We need people like you to take an active stance in keeping our local rivers, creeks, and beaches pollution free! Each year, volunteers clean up several tons of trash at numerous events sponsored by environmental and community based organizations. Check out these local organizations that host cleanup events regularly throughout the year:
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:
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.