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When it Rains, it Pours Stormwater -- in Los Angeles

Stormwater runoff wastes a lot of precious fresh water that flows to the ocean in LA's concrete-lined "rivers". That water COULD be used to fill our drought-prone water table and for local plant irrigation. Here's how...

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During the rainy season, the city of L.A. sends 100 million gallons of untreated runoff into the Pacific Ocean. Yep, when it rains, it pours... right into the ocean.

Los Angeles now has Standardized Plans for Runoff Infiltration

Stormwater runoff wastes a lot of precious fresh water that needs stormwater management solutions for water infiltration and retention.

The LA city's engineering department approved six standard plans that can be used to prevent some of the flow coming from parkways, highways, alleyways and cemented curb areas and divert it into the ground to recharge groundwater and prevent pollutants from reaching waterways.

The stormwater management plans give specific guidelines for installing solutions that can prevent storm water from flowing over nonporous surfaces into storm drains.

  • Swales
  • Vegetation
  • Permeable pavement
  • and other systems

Standardized Plans for Green Property Management

Developed in partnership with the city's Board of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation and Bureau of Engineering, the standard plans have been in the works for six months and will be available for free online starting July 9 at

Additional "floodplain management" resources are available on the LA Engineering website, as well.

There are more than 6,500 miles of streets in Los Angeles that will benefit from these plans that will be used for street reconstruction, street widening, landscape medians and other projects.

Edited by Carolyn Allen
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