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The California Ocean Plan, adopted by the State Water Resources Control Board, prohibits "waste" discharges into the ASBS. One way waste is discharged to the ASBS is through pipes that drain directly to the ASBS. Another way waste reaches the ASBS is through dry-weather runoff (meaning runoff that is not from precipitation) that flows over the land and eventually drains to the ocean. Runoff, no matter where it starts, may pick up pollutants as it flows over impervious surfaces. That polluted water eventually drains to the ocean through storm drains and even natural streams and creeks. This runoff may harm the fragile biological and marine communities, which is why the state prohibits "waste" discharges into the ASBS and why best management practices (BMPs) must be used to prevent such discharges.
The city is committed to educating residents on how to prevent waste from discharging to the ASBS and to protect these coastal habitats.
The protections require the elimination of nearly all non-stormwater discharges to the ASBS. The city applied for and received two grants from the state to install what are referred to as structural Best Management Practices (BMPs), or structural facilities that can catch and treat polluted runoff before reaching the ASBS. The city is in the process of designing and installing structural BMPs at storm drains on Wildlife Road and Whitesands Place in Point Dume and along Broad Beach Road. The structural BMPs will improve the water quality of stormwater runoff that drains to those catch basins, which will complement residents' efforts to stop non-stormwater runoff and comply with the Special Protections. The grant also funded the city's coastal preservation specialist position, a two-year position dedicated to conducting ASBS education and outreach with the Malibu community.
These regulations are implemented locally through Malibu's Municipal Code (M.M.C.), including the following sections:•M.M.C. Section 9.08.060, Causing or permitting certain substances to flow onto highways or into drainage channels prohibited•M.M.C. Section 13.04.060, Storm water management and discharge control - Prohibited activities•M.M.C. Section 13.04.080, Requiring good housekeeping practices•M.M.C. Section 8.28.020, Duty of owner or possessor of property•M.M.C. Section 9.20.020, Regulation of irrigation practices•M.M.C. Section 9.20.030, Regulation of exterior washing practicesThe requirements for new landscaping can be found in M.M.C. Section 9.22.090, Landscape water conservation design standards.
Contact the city's coastal preservation specialist for assistance or questions about these helpful tips.
It is common to overwater plants, which not only causes runoff but makes it difficult for plants to survive. Try irrigating less and you will likely be surprised that your plants do just as well or better with less water. Remember to adjust irrigation practices for seasonality and weather. Try using native plants that are naturally adapted to the moisture levels in Malibu and need very little to no water at all!