Hidden Hills Website Storm Water Public Outreach Storm Water Management
The City of Hidden Hills believes protecting our waterways is part of maintaining a beautiful city. Hidden Hills is located in the Malibu Creek and Upper Los Angeles River watersheds. A watershed sheds rainfall and runoff, including pollutants, to local storm drains, creeks and the Pacific Ocean without treating it. It is important to keep our watersheds clean so we can have beautiful, healthy, and safe rivers and beaches.
What is storm water?
Storm water is runoff from rainfall that drains through natural and urban areas. Storm water flows into storm drains, through creeks and eventually into the ocean and can pick up urban pollutants along the way. The City has a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit in which the City must take many measures to prevent storm water pollution. The permit contains multiple programs that are implemented by the City: public outreach, illicit discharge and illicit connection elimination, development planning, development construction and public agency activities. With the implementation of these programs, the City can achieve water-quality standards as enforced by the Regional Water Quality Board – Los Angeles.
And you can help!
Be aware of these household pollutants and how you can prevent storm water pollution:
- Do not dump anything into the streets, gutter or storm drain inlets
- Household fertilizers, pesticides and other hazardous wastes are toxic to the environment. Always follow the directions on the container, avoid application before rain and avoid runoff. Try to use environmentally friendly fertilizers and pesticides, if possible.
- Avoid washing off driveways, sidewalks and walkways.
- Pet waste contains bacteria. Always pick up after your pet and dispose of waste in a nearby trash can.
- Prevent unnecessary runoff by fixing sprinkler heads or installing drip irrigation.
- Do not litter and always place trash, including cigarette butts, in a proper waste receptacle.
- Do not discharge pool water to the storm drain.
- Wash your car at a car wash or where wash water will drain to a grassy or landscaped area. Car washes collect all runoff and prevent soaps from entering the storm drain system.
- Keep an eye out for a Household Hazardous Waste collection event in your neighborhood.
- Take Action! Volunteer at a local creek cleanup. Consider California Coastal Cleanup Day or join a Friends of the LA River Cleanup event.