Storm water pollution prevention is not only good public policy, it is also the law. Local, state, and federal law requires the City to enforce storm water regulations and educate stakeholders on proper discharge of storm water to our storm drains and receiving waters.
Unlike sewage, which goes to treatment plants to remove toxins, urban runoff flows untreated through the storm drain system and directly into our local streams and rivers. Anything thrown, swept, washed, or poured into the street, gutter or a catch basin–the curbside openings that lead into the storm drain system–can flow into our rivers and eventually to the ocean.
Even everyday items like these can be serious pollutants:
- Cigarette Butts
- Used Batteries
- Pesticides and Fertilizers
- Pet Waste
- Motor Oil
- Burnt Out Light Bulbs
These pollutants create a threat to health. They can:
- Pose a serious risk to people swimming or fishing in our water bodies.
- Threaten our drinking water.
- Polluted runoff empties into the Santa Ana River, contaminating our coastal waters.
They can affect the environment by:
- Endangering countless marine plants and animals living in the San Bernardino area.
- Limiting the number of recreational areas suitable for use.
They can affect our neighborhoods by:
- Create breeding grounds for insects, including mosquitoes that can carry infectious diseases.
- Attracting rats and other vermin, creating foul odors, affecting neighborhood aesthetics and property values.
- Creating the potential for local flooding during rain events, as litter, leaves and other debris clog catch basins along streets and intersections.
Storm water pollutants can affect us all. When the quality of the environment around us deteriorates, our life styles, our recreational opportunities and our health feel the effects.
The primary focus of the City of Redlands Storm Water Program is to implement the requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Program.
Many construction projects require a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) which is a site specific document prepared by a Qualified SWPPP Developer (QSD). The purpose of the SWPPP is to control runoff from a construction site. The Qualified SWPPP Practitioner (QSP) is the person responsible for ensuring compliance with the SWPPP.
All Water Quality Management Plans (WQMP) submitted to the City of Redlands shall use the San Bernardino County Stormwater Program Water Quality Management Plan Template, 2012 version.
The City of Redlands, along with 16 other cities, the County of San Bernardino and the County of San Bernardino Flood Control District developed this template to meet the requirements of the current General Stormwater Permit. This template has been reviewed and approved for use by the State Water Quality Control Board. Submittals will not be accepted using any other template.
All grading plans within the City of Redlands require an accompanying set of “stand alone” Erosion Control Plans. The City’s project engineer may waive the “stand alone” requirement if it is determined that the scope of grading, site conditions or other factors outweigh the usefulness of a separate set of Erosion Control Plans. In this event, erosion control methods and devices may be shown on the grading plans.
Erosion Control Plans shall contain a current copy of the City of Redlands Erosion Control Notes.