Who Is Responsible For Storm Runoff?

California builders may be forced to stop storm runoff on-site.

Read Time: 1 minute

September 3, 2000, 7:00 AM PDT

By California 2000

A draft ruling by the State Water Resources Control Board supports a decision by the Los Angeles regional control board that would have counties use land-use powers to force builders to reduce urban runoff by installing treatment systems at their development. While not final, the stricter controls would affect many runoff contributors, requiring tough local government regulations, on-site treatment devices by residential and commercial builders, and a fundamental change to watering and pesticide practices. A coalition of 30 cities in Los Angeles County, in conjunction with the building industry and oil companies, have challenged the policy, arguing that such regulations would impose astronomical costs and shift an unfair burden to new developments.

Thanks to California 2000 Project

Friday, September 1, 2000 in The San Diego Union-Tribune

Chicago Commute

The Right to Mobility

As we consider how to decarbonize transportation, preserving mobility, especially for lower- and middle-income people, must be a priority.

January 26, 2023 - Angie Schmitt

Sharrow bike markings on black asphalt two-lane road with snowy trees

Early Sharrow Booster: ‘I Was Wrong’

The lane marking was meant to raise awareness and instill shared respect among drivers and cyclists. But their inefficiency has led supporters to denounce sharrows, pushing instead for more robust bike infrastructure that truly protects riders.

January 26, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

View of stone-paved street with pedestrians and "Farmers Market" neon sign on left and old buildings on right in Seattle, Washington

Push and Pull: The Link Between Walkability and Affordability

The increased demand for walkable urban spaces could make them more and more exclusionary if cities don’t pursue policies to limit displacement and boost affordability.

January 27, 2023 - Smart Cities Dive

A tent covered in blue and black tarps sits on a downtown Los Angeles sidewalk with the white ziggurat-topped L.A. City Hall looming in the background

L.A. County Towns Clash Over Homelessness Policies

Local governments often come to different conclusions about how to address homelessness within their respective borders, but varying approaches only exacerbate the problem.

2 hours ago - Shelterforce Magazine

Rendering of mixed-use development with parks and stormwater retention on former Houston landfill site

A Mixed-Use Vision for Houston Landfill Site

A local nonprofit is urging the city to consider adding mixed-use development to the site, which city officials plan to turn into a stormwater detention facility.

3 hours ago - Urban Edge

Aerial view of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin at sunset

Milwaukee County Makes Substantial Progress on Homelessness

In 2022, the county’s point-in-time count of unhoused people reflected just 18 individuals, the lowest in the country.

4 hours ago - Urban Milwaukee