Tougher Limits on Trash in S.M. Bay

Trash on the beach at Santa Monica

The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board voted 4-1 Thursday, November 4, to approve tough, new marine debris limits for Santa Monica Bay. The limits, based on 11 similar trash Total Maximum Daily Loads in the Los Angeles region, give Santa Monica Bay watershed cities, Los Angeles County and land management agencies like State Parks, eight years to reduce the amount of trash going into the Bay to zero. Compliance  can be met by installing full capture mechanisms like trash screens and inserts or other state-approved devices.  All devices must be adequately designed, operated and maintained to meet state requirements. Full adherence is mandated within eight years.

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