Preventing Storm Water Pollution

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Protecting the community’s health by preventing pollution from entering into La Mirada’s storm drains is an important job of all La Mirada residents and businesses Anything that enters into a storm drain in La Mirada directly impacts the health of Los Angeles County beaches and coastal waters. Every month, harmful substances including pesticides, litter, and automotive fluids flow into these drains, contaminating the ocean and causing beach closures. The City of La Mirada encourages all residents to take part in preventing storm water pollution by following some simple steps:

  • Dispose of litter in garbage receptacles. Recyclable materials such as plastic, glass and metal should be separated into the recycling containers for pick-up, or dropped off at a recycling center.
  • Pick up after pets when out on a walk. Pet fecal matter washed into storm drains end up on public beaches.
  • Reduce pesticide and fertilizer use. Overwatering and rain may cause pesticides to flow into the storm drain to the ocean harming the environment and upsetting nature’s balance.
  • Clean water-based paint brushes in the sink. Rinse oil-based paint brushes with paint thinner. Old paint and paint-related products can be taken to a Household Hazardous Waste/E-Waste collection event. For more information, visit
  • Keeping storm drains strictly for rain helps keep our beaches clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.