South Bay Stormwater Program
The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (LARWQCB) established the Santa Monica Bay Beaches Bacteria Total Maximum Daily Load (SMBBB TMDL) on July 15, 2003. This TMDL requires cities to improve water quality along the shoreline of Santa Monica Bay to meet dry and wet weather targets for bacteria in Santa Monica Bay.
The SMBBB TMDL established nine jurisdictional groups of agencies responsible for storm drain discharges. Each group is required to develop an Implementation Plan to achieve compliance with bacteria standards at Santa Monica Bay beaches. The agencies within Jurisdictional Groups 5 and 6 have developed an Implementation Plan. The final Implementation Plan is located under Document Tool Box in the Resources tab.
Jurisdictional Groups 5 & 6 (J G 5 & 6) is comprised of the Cities of Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, El Segundo, and Torrance, as well as the County of Los Angeles and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). Geographically, these two groups include the land area that drains to the beaches between the north limit of the City of Manhattan Beach and the south limit of the City of Torrance. The groups own and operate the storm drains along 5.9 miles of shoreline and the total watershed draining into these storm drains which encompasses approximately 8,095 acres.
The Implementation Plan developed by the J G 5 & 6 member agencies outlines a series of activities, that when implemented, are expected to bring their beaches with high bacteria levels into compliance with respect to the SMBBB TMDL. The implementation activities are focused on identifying the sources of bacteria and developing solutions to reduce high bacteria counts.
This website is designed to provide a vehicle for public outreach and education regarding our progress in implementing the plan as well as information on how residents and businesses can assist in protecting beach water quality.