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Los Angeles County Found Liable for Violating Stormwater Permit

On Aug. 8, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Los Angeles County Flood District is liable for violating its municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit. Its monitoring station data allegedly documented discharges of pollutants higher than those established in the permit. However, the county argued that the monitoring data was not […]

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Los Angeles Governing Body Halts Stormwater Fee Vote

Following a public hearing on Jan. 15 at which nearly 200 residents voiced concerns, Los Angeles County officials decided to rethink the county’s proposed stormwater parcel fee. The goal of the fee was to raise $290 million per year to improve stormwater management and comply with new state regulations. However, as a result of the […]

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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Flood Control District

On Jan. 8, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled to overturn a Ninth Circuit Court decision. The Supreme Court supported Los Angeles County’s view that water flowing between natural and channelized sections is simply a transfer of the same water and should not be seen as a permitted discharge. “Under the Clean Water Act, does […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Controversial Case on Stormwater

On Dec. 4, the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case — L.A. County Flood Control District vs. National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) — focusing on stormwater discharges in the Los Angeles area. During oral arguments, all parties in the case agreed that the transfer of water through concrete-lined sections of the Los Angeles and San […]

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Los Angeles Enacts New Municipal Stormwater Permit

In mid-November, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board issued a new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permit. The stormwater permit set total maximum daily loads (TMDL) for 33 pollutants and covers Los Angeles County and 84 cities within the Los Angeles County Flood Control District — […]

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WEF Joins Amicus Brief to U.S. Supreme Court on Los Angeles Stormwater Case

A March 2011 appeals court decision held that the flow of water from one portion of a river through an engineered improvement into a downstream portion of the same river constitutes a regulated discharge of pollutants under the Clean Water Act (CWA). By this ruling, a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit would be required. […]

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U.S. Supreme Court To Review Stormwater Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court will review two stormwater cases from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The first is the 9th Circuit Court’s decision to consider stormwater runoff channeled from logging roads as a point source, requiring a Clean Water Act permit. This overturns 30 years of regulatory status quo, as the U.S. Environmental […]

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Los Angeles Gateway Authority Screens Trash From Los Angeles River

Last month the Los Angeles Gateway Authority, a coalition of 16 cities, completed a $10 million project to prevent 381,018 kg of trash from entering the Los Angeles River. The project involved retrofitting 12,000 publicly held storm drains with screens that capture trash. The authority used connector pipe screens, and areas with high trash loads […]

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L.A. County Court Case Could Affect Navigable Water Definition

The Los Angeles County Flood Control District on Oct. 11 petitioned the U. S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit Court ruling. If the Supreme Court takes on this issue, judges would decide if navigable waters under the Clean Water Act (CWA) encompass only natural waterbodies. The Ninth Circuit Court found the district liable […]

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L.A. County May Appeal Stormwater Ruling to the Supreme Court

Los Angeles County is likely to appeal to the Supreme Court after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit denied a rehearing of Natural Resources Defense Council, et al. v. County of Los Angeles, et al. on July 13. The landmark appellate ruling, made in March, stated that cities with municipal separate storm […]

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