Urban runoff flowing through storm drains is the greatest single source of pollution to the beaches and near shore waters of the Santa Monica Bay. Unlike sewage and discharges from industrial sources, urban runoff generally is not adequately treated before it reaches the Bay. This document describes design regulations, construction practices and good housekeeping requirements for new building projects and existing properties to reduce urban runoff water pollution in the Santa Monica Bay.
This document describes the most important regulations Santa Monica has put into place to reduce urban runoff pollution. Several design requirements that can reduce urban runoff pollution are discussed for new developments, gutters and downspouts, and non-single-family homes. The document also shows diagrams of key best management practices to reduce urban runoff for single-family, multi-family and commercial properties. Best management practices for new construction and good housekeeping requirements for existing properties are also described.
This document provides a good introduction to regulations a city can put into place to reduce urban runoff pollution. City officials unfamiliar with but interested in sustainable strategies to reduce urban runoff will find this document very useful.
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