In order to ensure that employees of the City of Los Angeles do their part to reduce stormwater runoff, the Division has prepared the Public Agency Activities Stormwater Guide.

The Guide identifies the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements applicable to city activities that may have an impact on stormwater quality.

Public Agency Guide The Guide is organized into nine major categories of activities that are performed by City staff:
  • Sewage Systems Operations
  • Public Construction Activities Management
  • Vehicle Maintenance/Material Storage Facilities Management
  • Landscape and Recreational Facilities Management
  • Storm Drain Operation and Management
  • Streets and Roads Management
  • Parking Facilities Management
  • Public Industrial Activities
  • Emergency Procedures

In addition to listing specific NPDES permit requirements, each section of the Guide highlights best management practices (BMPs) that may be implemented to further improve the quality of stormwater and non-stormwater runoff. Over 290 copies of the Public Agency Activities Stormwater Guide were distributed to 47 City departments and agencies. Training of City employees on the Guide will emphasize the impact their daily activities can have on the quality of urban runoff.

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Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs)

Most of the City facilities that conduct vehicle and equipment repairs, painting, fueling, lubrication, serve as salvage yards, serve as chemical storage facilities, have landscaping or parking facility management, or serve as temporary storage areas for waste oil, are required to develop and implement site-specific SWPPPs. The SWPPPs identify potential sources of pollution that may affect the quality of stormwater discharge from a facility and also describe and ensure the implementation of BMPs to reduce the pollutants.

Site-specific SWPPPs have been prepared for the 205 City of Los Angeles vehicle maintenance and material storage facilities. This number represents all applicable City operating facilities as of June 30, 1999. Employee training programs for the SWPPPs have also begun at these facilities.

The Stormwater Management Division will work with program liaisons for each department to monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the BMPs identified in the SWPPPs. The SWPPPs are living documents that will be kept up to date with the activities and practices of each facility.