Stormwater Management


Some of the New Storm Water Permit Rules:

The new local Municipal Storm Water Management (MS4) Permit calls for a number of new approaches to improve dry weather and storm water runoff. For example, the new MS4 permit requires adoption of a property development design philosophy called “Low Impact Development” (LID). This philosophy mandates the incorporation of naturalistic “Best Management Practices” (BMPs) that mimic a site’s undeveloped hydrologic processes. These kinds of naturalistic BMPs include bioswales, rain gardens, porous pavements, and infiltration galleries.

Further, the new MS4 permit recognizes that many of Los Angeles area’s streams, rivers, and beaches are seriously impaired by pollution. As a result, the permit encourages municipalities to introduce similar types of BMPs strategically within their watersheds to clean runoff and thereby improve water quality under rules titled “Total Maximum Daily Load” (TMDL).


Our Experience:

North East Trees has been working to reduce and improve storm water run off since our organization was founded in 1989. NET began by mainly focusing on where trees could be planted along city streets, on public lands, and by creating green belts and mini parks along the Los Angeles River and the Arroyo Seco. Even in the beginning, NET knew that simple acts such as breaking up pavement, using decomposed granite and other porous surfaces and planting site-appropriate trees would help solve watershed problems. Bioswales, rain gardens, infiltration galleries, and other low-impact BMPs help to reduce run off, recharge the water table, and improve the water quality of storm water entering local water bodies. North East Trees knows cost-effective ways to retrofit existing sites or engineer new solutions to reduce storm water run off and improve the water quality of run-off that does enter the watershed.

Whether you are a storm water manager, contractor, or architect working on a project that must comply with these new ordinances, NET can help you solve your storm water issues with attractive, green solutions.


Storm Water Management Solutions:

  • Provide green BMPs that mimic natural hydrologic processes
  • Deliver cost-effective retrofits for existing development
  • Are thoughtfully designed into new property development and redevelopment to prevent pollution throughout the life of the project
  • Integrate open space design in a way that brings aesthetic quality to the site
  • Offer multi-functional purposes, such as passive and active recreation, biological habitat and can include signage and/or permanent installations by local artists
  • Provide job training, leadership skills and jobs for local at-risk youth
  • Use native and California-friendly plants that thrive in our ecosystem, reducing dry season watering needs
  • Reduce run off
  • Recharge groundwater
  • Improve water quality
  • Bring together local communities

Plus, NET has the ability to offer a complete range of services – from planning and public scoping, design, and budgeting, to construction management, landscape installation, landscape and BMP maintenance. Plus, whenever appropriate, NET will involve the public in volunteer projects that build stronger neighborhoods and educate citizens about the importance of reducing storm water runoff through natural methods.

Our non-profit status means a more cost-effective solution for your community.

NET is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. That designation means that we do not answer to an owner or shareholders who put profits first. Our Board members are community professionals who care about the environment and support the organization. Our mission is:

“To restore nature’s services in resource challenged communities, through a collaborative resource development, implementation and stewardship process.”

NET’s experienced and reliable team always looks to deliver more than you might expect… that’s because every one of our people believes that restoring nature and taking care of our ecosystem is important for the sustainability of our communities. We have been turning eyesores into sources of civic pride since 1989, transforming Southern California into a much greener place with more recreational opportunities for people to connect with nature. And we have earned the respect and support of civic leaders throughout California.

View Projects

Oros Green Street and Steelhead Park

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The Oros Green Street project was the first “green street” project in Los Angeles.

Garvanza Park Storm Water BMP Project

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The Garvanza Park Stormwater BMP project is the first of its kind in Los Angeles.

Eastern Gateway Project at Baldwin Hills

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The Eastern Gateway Project brightens the La Brea Avenue entrance to the Kenneth Hahn Regional Park.

Bimini Slough Ecology Park

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This 1/4 acre park is located in the heart of Southeast Hollywood (184 S. Bimini Place, Los Angeles, CA 90004)

Rio de Los Angeles State Park

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Rio de Los Angeles State Park consists of a riparian habitat in the buffer zones, and a created wetland / riparian habitat in the central area.

Cudahy River Park Project

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Cudahy River Park is a gateway mini-park at River Road and Clara Street in the City of Cudahy.

Maywood Bike Path Entry

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The Maywood Bike Access Improvement project provides an access point to the county bike path which extends to Long Beach.

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