Let’s Stop Wasting Stormwater!

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Let’s stop wasting water that can be reused. Let’s stop sending pollution to the ocean. Let’s stop harming wildlife with our trash.

80 Billion gallons of rain water are wasted each year in L.A. County. Please urge the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to start treating runoff as a resource—not a nuisance.

L.A. County receives over 100 billion gallons of rain water on average each year. Our current stormwater system captures only 20 percent of this water resource.

Where does the rest go? This wasted water flows through streets, storm drains and rivers directly into the Pacific Ocean, taking with it oil, trash and plastic pollution, fecal bacteria, and other contaminants. These pollutants pose a serious health and safety risk to anyone who visits the rivers, streams or ocean, and to any animal that lives in these habitats.

Securing our water future can’t wait.

Today, 85 percent of L.A. County’s water is piped in from locations up to 400 miles away. These critical water lifelines for millions of Angelenos are at risk from drought, earthquakes and other natural disasters.

In addition to ongoing efforts to conserve water at home, we must also come together as a community to conserve our stormwater. Only 11 percent of L.A. County’s water supply comes from stormwater. We can triple that amount with more local rain water capture and treatment.

Innovative nature-based stormwater management projects, including rain gardens and green alleys are sprouting up in neighborhoods across L.A. County. Treated stormwater can be used in place of drinking water for irrigation, or to replenish our groundwater resources. These projects all function to increase water supply, improve water quality, decrease flooding and provide new green space, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

We must invest in nature-based stormwater solutions to decrease our water waste, improve environmental and public health, and create over 7,000 new green jobs in the process.

Right now, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors is considering a Stormwater Funding Measure for the November 2018 ballot that would provide funds for many more of these nature-based stormwater solutions. Make your voice heard during this critical decision-making process.

Sign this petition with Heal the Bay to tell the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to add a Stormwater Funding Measure to the November 2018 ballot.

Heal the Bay will hand-deliver this petition to the L.A. County Board of Supervisors in June 2018. We are a proud member of OurWaterLA, a diverse coalition of local community leaders and organizations united to create a strong water future for Los Angeles.



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