Publications and E-Documents of the
Stormwater Management Division

This page contains links, or downloadable PDF versions to documents, technical reports and other Stormwater Program publications.

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Technical Manuals
DEVELOPMENT BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES HANDBOOK

PART A – CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES This handbook provides the necessary requirements to control stormwater pollution during construction. It guides the project applicant through the selection, design, and incorporation of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) into the project. In addition, the handbook includes a background discussion on urban runoff pollution, BMPs selection matrixes, and the City’s plan review and approval process.

PART B – PLANNING ACTIVITIES This handbook provides the necessary requirements to control stormwater pollution from new developments and redevelopments. It guides the project applicant through the selection, design, and incorporation of stormwater BMPs into the project’s design plans. In addition, the handbook includes a background discussion on urban runoff pollution, BMPs selection matrixes, and the City’s design plan review and approval process.

Illicit Connection/Illicit Discharge Elimination Manual
Coming soon
Public Agency Activities Stormwater Guide
The City of Los Angeles is legally mandated to implement the provisions of the NPDES Permit in its own activities. This manual serves as a guide for City departments to develop and implment a program to reduce stormwater impacts from public agency activities.
LA County Hydrology Manual
A procedural guide for determining runoff from rain events. The standards provided in the manual govern hydrology calculations done under Los Angeles County standards.

Due to the large size of the PDF document, clicking on this link will open the document in a browser window. It will not download the PDF.

Hydrology manual
Reference Guide for Stormwater BMPs
A general reference guide that provides information and guidance to city engineers and managers in planning, obtaining BMP cost information, identifying pollutants targeted by each BMP, and developing and selecting the optimum BMP(s) for their various applications.

File size: 936k

Reference Guide for Stormwater BMPs

Automobile Maintenance and Car Care BMP brochure
Gas Stations, Auto Repair Shops, Auto Body Shops, Car Dealerships, Mobile Fleet Managers, and Mobile Fleet Washing Services
Food Industry BMP brochure
BMPs for bakeries, food producers and distributors, grocery store and restaurant owners and employees.
Fresh Concrete & Mortar Application BMP brochure
BMPs for construction inspectors, developers, do-it-yourselfer, home builders, bricklayers, masons, patio construction workers, sidewalk construction crews.
General Construction & Site Supervision BMPs brochure
BMPs for general contractors, construction inspectors, home builders, developers, masons and bricklayers, patio construction workers, and sidewalk construction crews
Landscaping, Gardening & Pest Control BMPs brochure
BMPs for gardeners, landscape architects, and homeowners.
Heavy Equipment & Earthmoving Activities BMPs brochure
Bmps for Bulldozer, backhoe and gardening machine operators, developers, dump truck drivers, general contractors, home builders, and site supervisors.
Home Repair & Remodeling BMPs brochure
Bmps for do-it-yourself landscapers, do-it-yourself painters, do-it-yourself remodelers, and homeowners.
Horse Owners & the Equine Industry BMP brochure
BMPs for boarding stables, equestrian centers, small farms and urban horse owners.
Coming soon
Water Pollution Solutions for Horse Owners
A bilingual, ‘quick tips’ guide to the proper disposal of horse manure and bedding.
Coming soon
Water Pollution Solutions for Gardeners & Landscapers
A bilingual, ‘quick tips’ guide to proper gardening techniques to help minimize pesticide runoff.
Eliminating Fats, Oils and Grease from the Sewers
Did you know that disposing foods that contain fats, oils or grease down your kitchen sink can actually result in beach closures? Grease can accumulate in sewers, causing blockages that may overflow into storm drains during heavy rains.

File size: 168K

A Guide to the Disposal of Used Water-Based Cleaners

File size: 500k

BMPs for Gasoline Stations
Preventing runoff from gas stations and other fuel service areas.

Septic Tank Owners BMP brochure
Water quality samples taken near storm drains that flow from the Santa Monica Mountains show high levels of E. coli bacteria. Sources have been found to originate from leaking sewage disposal systems.

This bilingual guide explains the harmful consequences of sewage runoff from defective or malfuntioning septic systems and provides information on how best rectify.

Presentations
ANNUAL STAKEHOLDERS WORKSHOP
These presentations are made to regional agencies, community organizations and environmental stakeholders on current activities of the Stormwater Program.
TMDLs and the LOS ANGELES RIVER
Explanation of the impact TMDLs (Total Maximum Daily Loads) will have and its relation to the Los Angeles River.
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