Hidden Hills Stormwater Program
The City of Hidden Hills believes part of maintaining a beautiful City is through protection of our waterways. 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 being treated. It is important to keep our watersheds clean to ensure beautiful, healthy, and safe rivers and beaches.
What is stormwater?
Stormwater is runoff from rainfall that drains through natural and urban areas. Stormwater flows into stormdrains, through creeks and eventually to 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 stormwater 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 specified by the Regional Water Quality Board – Los Angeles.
And you can help!
There are many household pollutants to be aware of and ways you can prevent stormwater pollution:
- Do not dump anything into the streets, gutter or storm drain inlets.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- Take advantage of locally available Household Hazardous Waste Programs. Find details on the next collection event.
- Take Action! Volunteer at a local creek cleanup. Consider California Coastal Cleanup Day or join a Friends of the LA River cleanup event.