Clean Water

The City of Malibu, along with surrounding cities and the County of Los Angeles, is proactive when it comes to protecting the quality of its water. Under the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit, the City is working to clean up the source of pollution that enters through its storm drains.

Guidelines for Residents

The City of Malibu has 17 major watersheds and an even larger number of sub-watersheds. All the land area in each watershed drains to some body of water such as a creek, stream, or the ocean. Water runoff, from stormwater or irrigation, flows toward the ocean and picks up pollutants along the way.

This untreated water eventually ends up at the beach and can make surfers and swimmers sick. By practicing ocean-friendly habits, residents can prevent pesticides, pet waste, grass clippings, and automotive fluids from entering the storm drain system and the ocean.

Download A Resident's Guide to Clean Water for information on how to Keep It Clean, Malibu.

RNM 1641
Area of Special Biological Significance Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds
Beach Report Card - Heal the Bay Protect the Coast
Beach Water Quality Advisories - Los Angeles County Public Health Salt and Nutrient Management Plan
Clean LA - Los Angeles County Public Works Watershed Management - Los Angeles County Public Works
California Water Boards - Los Angeles