Keeping It Natural

A collaborative approach helps a Southern California city get buy-in from developers and the business community for strict stormwater rules
Keeping It Natural
City of Temecula Public Works employees David Davis, right, and Juan Jaime use a Vac-Tron truck to clean out a storm drain with catch basin filters in the parking lot of a commercial building. (Photography by Bill Wechter)

Situated at the confluence of the Santa Margarita River with Murrieta and Temecula Creeks, the City of Temecula, Calif., acts like a catch basin. Any polluted runoff up-stream eventually enters the city, then the river.

The area gets no snowmelt, and rainfall averages 12 inches...

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