Slow the Flow: Be a California Water Warrior PDF Print E-mail

Slow the Flow


The State Water Board’s Storm Water Program is proud to present “Slow the Flow: Be a California Water Warrior,” a seven part follow-up film series to the Water Board’s 2011 film Slow the Flow: Make Your Landscape Act More Like a Sponge”.  The films are produced by On The Waterfront Creative with assistance from theUC Davis Extension Land Use and Natural Resource Program and theWater Board Training Academy.  Each of the “Slow the Flow: Be a California Water Warrior” films falls between five to seven minutes in running time.  We will be releasing a new film in the series every second Tuesday (every two weeks) over the course of the summer.

In this time, when much of California is facing drought and limited water supplies, these seven films bring to life simple practices that individuals and communities can do to conserve water, become stewards of our watersheds, and slow the flow of storm water from homes and businesses.  The “Slow the Flow: Be a California Water Warrior” series focuses on low impact development practices and projects anyone can do on or around their property, such as alternatives to a lawn based garden, proper management of lawns (if you must have one), disconnecting your down spouts, adding bioswales and rain gardens, and converting paved areas to more permeable surfaces.

We invite you to take the first step to becoming a water warrior by watching our first release in the series: “Slow the Flow: What the Heck is Storm Water Runoff and Why is it a Problem?.” This short film provides an insightful overview of storm water, one of the largest contributors of pollution into our waterways.

You can view all the Slow the Flow films on our Storm Water Films webpage, State Water Board’s YouTube channel, or follow the Slow the Flow team on Facebook and Twitter.  We also encourage you to share these films within your organization and communities.

Thank you for taking the time to Slow the Flow!

Pool Draining Permit PDF Print E-mail

Prior to draining your pool, please fill out and submit this Pool Draining Permit Application to the Environmental Services Section. No fee is required, but fines may be assessed if your pool is drained without obtaining a permit. Please click here to view the City of Covina's stormwater pollution prevention guide for swimming pools.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention PDF Print E-mail

The City of Covina's stormwater pollution prevention program is governed by various federal, state and local laws and regulations.

The Clean Water Act of 1987 established requirements for storm water discharges under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. The goals of the permit include protecting the beneficial uses of the water bodies and reducing stormwater pollution.

Polluted stormwater degrades our creeks and ocean. Sediments cloud the water, nutrients promote the growth of algae and toxic chemicals from pesticides or leaking cars all threaten the health of fish and other aquatic life. Bacteria and parasites from pet waste and leaking septic tanks can make our ocean unsafe for swimming and surfing.

The City of Covina is currently covered or impacted by the following NPDES permits (click each to view corresponding permit):

Order No. R4-2012-0175 NPDES Permit No. CAS004001 Waste Discharge Requirements for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) discharges within the Coastal Watersheds of Los Angeles County, Except Those Discharges Originating from the City of Long Beach MS4.

Order No. 97-03-DWQ: NPDES General Permit No. CAS000001, Waste Discharge Requirements (WDRS) for Discharges of Storm Water Associated with Industrial Activities, Excluding Construction Activities.

Order No. 2009-0009-DWQ (As amended by 2010-0014-DWQ and 2012-006-DWQ):  NPDES General Permit  No. CAS000002 for Storm Water Discharges Associated with Construction and Land Disturbance Activities.

The NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit regulates municipal discharges of storm water and non-storm water from the Permittees’ MS4s. mandates that the City implement specified stormwater management programs to address the challenges of preventing stormwater pollution. Under this permit, the City is held accountable for water quality in our waterways.

Environmental Services staff work to protect and restore the physical, chemical and biotic integrity of surface water through the promotion of ecologically sound land use practices, reduction and elimination of storm water impacts, the assurance of a high performance level from current and future storm water control systems, and education and outreach opportunities to foster healthy watershed stewardship.

To report illicit discharges or spills going into or that may go into the storm drain: If the spill is a direct hazard to human or environmental health, dial 911.  Otherwise, contact the Environmental Services Section at 626-384-5480 during regular City hours (Monday-Thursday 7 am - 6pm).  For after-hours violations, please call the Covina Police Department non-emergency number at 626-331-3391. Thank you for being a part of our efforts to protect our ground and surface water.

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