|To ensure compliance with the NPDES Permit, the City of Los Angeles’ Stormwater Program has started a training program to educate all 41,000 City employees and the daily actions they can take to reduce the amount of toxins and pollutants to the ocean through the municipal storm drain system.
|Stormwater Pollution-—What You Can Do Video supplement to City Employee Guide,
|The training program will consist of two phases. The first phase includes the distribution of a general education video along with a supplemental handbook to all City divisions. The 20-minute video was designed in a news show format identifying problems attributed to stormwater runoff. It concludes by demonstrating "good housekeeping" or Best Management Practices (BMPs).
|The handbook, Preventing Stormwater Pollution, is provided as a reference that re-inforces the material outlined in the video and describes how employees can reduce stormwater pollution both on the job and at home. Each division within the City of Los Angeles will be responsible for ensuring that its employees view the video and receive a copy of the handbook for review.
The second phase of the training program (which began in June 99) is now focusing on providing specialized instruction to employees whose job duties may directly and negatively impact urban runoff. In addition, City facilities will be required to develop Stormwater Pollution prevention Plans (SWPPs).
In addition, City employees whose duties may involve field activities have received training and instruction on how to recognize instances of stormwater violations or illegal discharge. For more information on the program’s Make the Call campaign, click here.