The mission of the Storm Water Division is to protect the storm water quality of the community. This will be accomplished by implementing the City’s adopted Storm Water Management Ordinance, and Municipal and Industrial Permit programs. Duties will be identified, prioritized and performed in a manner that reflects the City Council’s direction and maintains the ethical standards promoted by the Association of Environmental Professionals.
Hotline – Report Illegal Discharges
- Hotline Number – 805-736-1266
- Hotline Email – Stormwater@ci.lompoc.ca.us
- All liquid in the street, gutter, or entering a storm drain inlet in the street is a potential pollutant that should be reported
Small Municipal Storm Sewer System (MS4) Requirements
Storm Water Infiltration Requirements
Post – Construction Technical Guidance
- Ventura County Technical Guidance Manual 2011 (adopted by the City of Lompoc)
- Bioretention Details and Technical Specifications from the Central Coast Low Impact Development Initiative
- Bioretention Construction Checklist
- Bioretention Facility Cross-Section
- Design Criteria for Porous Pavements
- Storm Water Filter Examples
- LID Plant Guidance
- Drought Tolerant Plants for Infiltration Basins
Storm Water Grading Requirements
- Erosion and Sediment Control Plan (ESCP)
ESCPs are required for all development requiring a grading plan. ESCP requirements can be found in Section 15.72.260 of the Lompoc Municipal Code.
- Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
A SWPPP is required for any development project for which a grading permit is required and the combined area to be disturbed is 1 acre or more.
Why We Should Protect Stormwater
What is Storm Water?
- What is storm water
- Storm Water vs. Wastewater
- Quizzes and Puzzles
- Storm Water Pollution Solution Challenge
- Got Ants? Get S.E.R.I.O.U.S.
- Help Save the lakes Rivers and Oceans with the Beach Boys!
- Slow the Flow
- Storm Water Films
- The Rain Follows The Forest
Multi-Agency approved program to encourage proper pet waste disposal.
Best Management Plans for Every Occasion
Best Management Practices (BMPs) are methods that have been determined to be the most effective and practical means of preventing or reducing non-point source pollution to help achieve water quality goals. BMPS include both measures to prevent pollution and measures to mitigate pollution.
- BMPs for Business
- BMPs for the Automotive Industry
- BMPs for the wine Industry
- Mobile Cleaner's Guide to BMPs (English)
- Mobile Cleaner's Guide to BMPs (Spanish)
- BMPs for mobile cleaners
- BMPs for landscape maintenance
- BMPs for Restaurants and Food Service
- BMPs for Kennels, Groomers, Veterinarians, and Pet Stores
- BMPs for handling hazardous materials
- BMPs for Home Pools and Spas
- Citywide BMPs - for all city operations and contracts
Why does the City inspect businesses?
Many types of businesses use methods and handle materials that could pollute storm water on a routine basis, such as oil, grease, solvents, landscaping materials and paint.
The discharge of pollutants into storm water is not permitted and can violate local, state and federal laws. Business inspections seek to assist business owners in avoiding storm water violations and the pollution that accompanies them.
Information on Best Management Practices (BMPs) to prevent storm water pollutants from leaving business sites is provided to the business owners/managers at the time of the inspection.
How often will a business be inspected?
The City will inspect businesses, as directed by the City’s Municipal Permit, once during the current five (5) year permit term (2013-2018). Additional inspections may be required in new state permit terms.
The use of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for storm water pollution prevention at business sites are evaluated and rated as satisfactory, needs improvement, or unsatisfactory.
If a business is found to be unsatisfactory when inspected, the City will work with the business to improve its practices, so it can be moved out of the unsatisfactory category.
Why is there an inspection fee and what is the fee the City Council has adopted?
The business inspection program is a requirement of the State Water Resources Control Board and the Regional Water Quality Control Board. Specific business types determined to be most likely to discharge storm water pollutants are identified by the state to be inspected.
Preparing materials for distribution and conducting the inspections takes City staff time and imposes a cost on the City to meet this requirement. To recoup a portion of the inspection program cost, the City Council approved a fee for each inspection.
How is the business inspection program benefiting businesses and the City of Lompoc?
The City’s business inspection program keeps the City in compliance with state law, assisting private property owners and business owners by identifying practices and materials to reduce potential liability for storm water pollutant discharges.
Reducing urban pollutant discharges keep pollutants from entering surface water, groundwater, creeks, rivers and the ocean.