Target: Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board
Goal: Strengthen water quality regulations and protections in Los Angeles
When raining in Los Angeles County, the runoff water collects various waste matter such as toxic waste, animal waste, oil, pathogens, and bacteria as it runs along the region’s drain systems, eventually dumping this dirty water into oceans and local rivers. On October 5, 2012, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) will decide on a new stormwater permit that will either strengthen or weaken our current water quality standards. Tell them to keep current safety regulations in place and to improve existing requirements.
Los Angeles is home to almost 4 million people, the second most populous city in the United States. Of the roughly 46 million overnight visitors that come to Los Angeles and Orange County, many will visit the beach at some point in their trip. With approximately 100 miles of Los Angeles beaches that are affected by runoff water, it is important to maintain and enforce the highest possible water quality standards for residents and visitors alike. The health and well-being of children, adults, and the amazing marine life depends on it.
Major rivers such as the Los Angeles River and San Gabriel River are also conduits of runoff water, dumping tons of untreated water into the seas after a rainfall. Unfortunately, water in these rivers also mix with all sorts of chemicals and unhealthy waste matter as it makes its way to the oceans through various channels. It’s crucial that the regional board continue to enforce strict measures that are in line with the federal Clean Water Act, taking the necessary measures to control and lessen water pollution in the Los Angeles region.
L.A.’s RWQCB has a responsibility to ensure that its new stormwater permit will ensure the safety of public health and help protect the waters for both people and aquatic life. Sign the petition to voice your support of a strong municipal stormwater permit for the region of Los Angeles.
Dear Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Board,
As you decide on a new stormwater permit for the Los Angeles region at your upcoming meeting on October 5, 2012, please vote to keep strong protections in place, ensuring that cities and dischargers meet water quality standards that will keep our beaches, marine life, and people safe. Oceans are a vital part of the California coast and should be a place where people go to relax, play and enjoy, not a place to get sick from pollutant exposure.
California beaches have millions of people visit their shores each year. We owe it to both our visitors and our Los Angeles residents to be able to provide the highest possible standard of water quality. The beauty of our marine life and the environment is priceless and should not suffer due to cutting corners or ill-conceived planning.
Please vote to keep water quality standards high and in line with the federal Clean Water Act, helping to keep our beaches safe and clean for generations to come.
[Your Name Here]
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