Lomita is part of the Dominguez Channel Watershed Group. Runoff and stormwater in Lomita drains to Machado Lake and ultimately to the ocean. The LA Stormwater Partners site provides more information about the watershed, monitoring, and regional efforts.
Stormwater is water from rain that does not soak into the ground. It flows over paved areas like streets, sidewalks, and parking lots, as well as roofs and sloped lawns. As it flows, the stormwater collects and carries pollutants such as litter, pet waste, pesticides, fertilizers, and motor oil. This “toxic soup” then flows through a massive system of pipes and channels directly into our local waterways and the ocean.