Minimizing our impact on the environment by living in a responsible and sustainable manner is essential to maintain the unique rural character of our community and to ensure our resiliency into the future. The City of Rolling Hills works hard in collaboration with partner agencies to protect our local canyon and wetland habitats from erosion, pollution, and wildfire thereby protecting the quality of nearby waterbodies for the benefit of human health and aquatic life. You can contribute to the environmental health and resiliency of our community and precious natural resources by exploring the links below:
Water Pollution Prevention
Sustainable Gardening and Landscaping
Household Waste Management
Septic Systems (Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems)
When it rains or when excessive water is used on individual properties, the water runs off and drains through our canyons into one of three waterbodies: the Santa Monica Bay, Machado Lake, or LA Harbor. Runoff from properties can carry pollutants which threaten the water quality and habitats of our canyons, local waterbodies, beaches, and tide pools. The pollution prevention tips below offer ways to help protect these important natural resources.
- Swimming Pool and Spa Maintenance and Discharge Tips
- Managing Pests with Environmentally Sound Methods
- Residential Car Washing Tips
- Best Management Practices for Construction Sites in Spanish and English
- County of Los Angeles Equestrian and Stable Facilities Best Management Practices
- Horse Keeping for Clean Water
- Composting in compliance with Rolling Hills Municipal Code Section 8.08.430
In 2018, Los Angeles County voters approved Measure W (Safe Clean Water Municipal Program Funds) to provide funding for stormwater projects and programs to increase local water supply, improve water quality and protect public health. Funding is provided through a parcel tax of 2.5 cents per square foot of impermeable land area (building, concrete, etc.). The measure provides cities and Los Angeles County with the funds to capture, treat, and recycle storm water. The city must submit an annual report within six months of the close of each fiscal year describing the use of its Municipal SCW Program Funds. The annual report must describe how the funds were used during the preceding fiscal year and how those uses are eligible expenses that advance the goals of the Safe Clean Water Program
Report illegal dumping or discharges or other water quality concerns via:
- Emergency or hazardous spills: Call 911
- Call City staff during business hours at (310) 377-1521
- After hours or on weekends call: 888-CLEANLA
- Complete the Citizen Request Form and submit it to the Code Enforcement Department
Opportunities to Get Involved in Watershed Management and Protection Activities
There are many opportunities to participate in local and regional water pollution prevention and water resource management efforts:
- LA County’s Safe, Clean Water Program is working to improve our regional waters resources and to increase our local water supply through stormwater capture
- Volunteer with Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy
- California Coastal Commission Participation Opportunities
- Water for LA County Program is working to empower and inform LA County residents to become water advocates dedicated to sustainability and health for all.
- South Bay Environmental Services Center
With our region’s dry climate and persistent drought conditions we are all keenly aware of the importance of using water resources wisely. Each year in Los Angeles County, enough rainwater to meet the needs of 3.5 million people is lost to the ocean. While there is important work happening at the regional level to conserve water resources, there are important steps you can take in your own back yard to make water conservation a way of life.
- The South Bay Rainwater Harvesting Guide has tips for enhancing your property to capture and use rainwater and reduce the amount of runoff leaving your property.
- California Water Service (CalWater) helps customers conserve water by offering several programs and incentives to reduce indoor and outdoor water use:
- Additional Local Water Conservation Resources and Rebates:
California native, drought tolerant gardens and landscapes are low-maintenance, less water-intensive, prevent water pollution from fertilizer and pesticides, attract pollinators and support native species like the Palos Verdes blue butterfly and the cactus wren. The links below provide information on creating sustainable, fire-wise landscapes and gardens.
- South Bay Environmentally Friendly Landscaping Gardening and Pest Control webpages
- City of Rolling Hills’ Landscape Design Standards and Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance
- Fire-Wise Gardening
- Native and Drought Tolerant Landscaping on the PV Peninsula brochure
- Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Native Plants & Nursery
- Theodore Payne Foundation online California native seed store
- CalScape, California Native Plant Society comprehensive online garden planner
- UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners
Reducing waste, reusing items you might normally throw away, and recycling will save money, energy, and natural resources.
- The City of Rolling Hills has a franchise agreement with Republic Services to provide residential solid waste management and recycling services for our community.
- Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) can be taken to:
- SAFE collection center or
- Mobile Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event nearby, and
- HHW collection events are also posted on the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts HHEW Program.
- Recycle DIY used motor oil and oil filters at a convenient used oil and filter drop off location
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reviews and approves onsite wastewater treatment systems (OWTS) in the City of Rolling Hills through the Local Agency Management Program consistent with the State Water Board’s requirements for siting, design, operation and maintenance of OWTS. The two types of systems approved in Rolling Hills, conventional and non-conventional systems, are explained in the links below along with guides for maintaining these systems so that they function in a manner that will keep our families, community, and environment safe and healthy.
- Conventional Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems
- Non-Conventional Systems with additional treatment
- Homeowner’s Guide to the Environmental Health Review of a Septic System
- Be Septic Smart
- New Homebuyer’s Guide to Septic Systems are available in English and Spanish
If you have questions or concerns about your OWTS, contact LA County Public Health at:
- 626-430-5380 - Monday thru Friday 8am – 5pm