Target: Felicia Marcus, Chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board
Goal: Reduce waste and hold municipalities and counties accountable for trash accumulation
Trash is a major problem for California, as it accumulates on beaches and in waterways. The California State Water Board recently drafted an initial Trash Policy, but in regards to implementation the policy has been met with efforts to weaken its effectiveness. Some Californian cities have made individual attempts to reduce trash, but it is imperative that California adopt a strong statewide policy.
There are two main perpetrators when it comes to trash, commercial dischargers and municipalities. Commercial dischargers are point source polluters and are already regulated under EPA permit regulations. Municipalities, however, are non-point source polluters and are not subject to the same permitting. Mostly, municipalities create trash build-up from run-off into sewers and storm drains that travel to our waterways.
Trash in waterways is fatal to aquatic life. Aquatic animals can become entangled in trash and suffocate or die from ingesting the trash. Not only does trash directly kill marine life, but it also alters marine habitats, degrading them such that they are unsuitable for fish spawning or migration.
The Trash Policy proposes an effective plan to reduce trash in our waterways by implementing storm drain capture systems. These capture systems stop sewer and storm drains from becoming trash highways by trapping trash before it is able to travel to our streams and oceans.
By signing the below petition, you are urging the California State Water Board to uphold a strong statewide policy to hold municipalities and counties accountable for their own trash. Don’t allow this important policy to become weak and ineffective.
Dear Members of the California State Water Board,
Trash in our waterways is a serious problem and your draft of the Trash Policy is a major step towards resolving the problem. Trash kills marine life and alters aquatic habitats such that they are unlivable.
Municipalities are major contributors to trash in our waterways as non-point source polluters. Sewers and storm drains create pathways for trash to travel and accumulate in our waterways.
I am urging you to uphold a strong implementation program that holds municipalities and counties accountable for trash reductions. Please take action to ensure a strong implementation program for your newly proposed Trash Policy.
[Your Name Here]
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