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
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:
Pesticides and Fertilizers
Burnt Out Light Bulbs
These pollutants create a threat to health. They can:
Pose a serious risk to people swimming or fishing in our
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.
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.