Who Is Responsible For Storm Runoff?

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

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

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