When it rains in L.A. County, millions of gallons of water flow over paved surfaces like rooftops, sidewalks, parking lots, and streets. This "urban runoff" picks up animal waste, metals, oil, toxic materials, bacteria, and pathogens, carrying them to our storm drain system to be dumped into our local rivers and beaches, usually with little or no treatment.
Millions of people visit our beaches and swim in our ocean waters every year, and the Regional Board should do everything in its power to make sure our waters are clean and safe for beach-goers and aquatic life.
The Regional Board is issuing a new stormwater permit in October that could result in dirtier water, and a higher risk of getting sick anytime you swim or surf at our world renowned beaches. We need common-sense regulation and protections to ensure that the cities and dischargers meet water quality standards that protect your and your family's health.
Now is the time for stronger regulations, not weaker ones.
The board is expected to vote on the new permit on October 5, so now is the time to have your voice heard in the fight for clean rivers, beaches and ocean. Show up to the hearing in numbers and let the Board know that the public cares about this important issue. Please join us and Take the Hearing by Storm!
Take the health of the Bay into your own hands. Stand up for clean water today!
Learn more at www.healthebay.org/takelabystorm
As a Los Angeles County resident who enjoys our beaches, I am concerned with the quality of our region's waters and the threat to human and marine health posed by polluted stormwater runoff, which carries bacteria, pathogens, toxics and other contamination to our world-renowned beaches.
I strongly support the Regional Board's work to protect our waters and public health through adopting a strong, enforceable municipal stormwater permit for the Los Angeles region. When you vote in September please ensure that requirements in the permit that have already been in effect for many years are not weakened.
Millions of people visit our beaches and swim in our ocean waters every year, and the Regional Board should do everything in its power to make sure our waters are clean and safe for beachgoers and aquatic life.