This past December may go down as the most productive month for regional water quality and coastal ecosystem protection since September 2003. Last month featured five critical positive decisions:
Los Angeles approved the Low Impact Development Ordinance for the city. The measure will reduce runoff pollution, increase rainwater capture and use, and improve flood control. Also, Long Beach approved a similar LID measure in its updated building code in November.
Speaking of Long Beach, the city joined Los Angeles County in banning single use plastic bags. Like the county, the ban will kick in this summer.