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pollution

137 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Hilda L. Solis, Mark Ridley-Thomas, Sheila Kuehl, Janice Hahn, Kathryn Barger

Let’s Stop Wasting Stormwater!

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 rain water. 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, water quality 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, water quality solutions to decrease our water waste, improve environmental and public health, and create over 7,000 new green jobs in the process. On July 17, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will decide whether to place a public funding measure on the November 2018 ballot that could raise $300 million for nature-based, water quality projects. 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.  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.

Heal the Bay
2,175 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Jim Quinn, HON. BENOÎT BOURQUE, Hon. Andrew Harvey, Don Darling, Wayne Long

Safer and Healthier Port Operations for Saint John Homeowners

For several years, residents have been subjected to routine explosions, plumes of dust, and smoke from the American Iron and Metal facility, located on the port, in the west side of Saint John. Meanwhile, when ships arrive to collect the scrap metal, the Saint John Port Authority continues the practice of 24/7 dumping of scrap metal into ships, making it impossible for many residents in the area to sleep at night.It is well understood that noise and air pollution of this nature can impact the health and safety of families living nearby. We are asking anyone who has been directly impacted to complete this 5 minute survey to help provide factual evidence of the impact the noise and pollution is having on residents in the area: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H8L35N3Not only do these operations impact the well-being of the community, they have a direct impact on the local economy. Since the 2012 expansion of the AIM Scrap metal plant, over 2/3 of property owners near the facility have lost value on their homes, representing a loss of over $3 Million dollars in equity, and over $80,000 in lost property tax revenue each year. See detailed spreadsheet here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Z1EU7ikmv6jsOyjzxjNv8ihmZ-_nasG1g6qyBkVEuGk/edit?usp=sharing Other Ports in Canada have shown a willingness to work with the community to manage noise and pollution. The Port of Vancouver, for example, has adopted a comprehensive strategy to manage noise from the port: https://www.portvancouver.com/about-us/topics-of-interest/managing-port-noise/ We are requesting that the Saint John Port Authority, the NB Department of Environment, the NB Department of Health, and the City of Saint John work together to develop a well-defined strategy to manage noise and air pollution from the AIM Scrap Metal facility, to ensure a better future for families and property owners living in the area.  

Raven Blue
144 supporters