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UPDATE 11/8/12: In the face of serious concerns from Heal the Bay, our environmental partners and the USEPA, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted the proposed stormwater permit for L.A. County on November 8. Read more about the vote.

When it rains in L.A. County, millions of gallons of water flow over paved surfaces like rooftops, sidewalks, parking lots, and streets. This "urban runoff" picks up animal waste, metals, oil, toxic materials, bacteria, and pathogens, carrying them to our storm drain system to be dumped into our local rivers and beaches, usually with little or no treatment. We need common-sense regulation and strong protections to ensure that the cities and dischargers meet water quality standards that safeguard your and your family's health.

We are now working with our partners to determine next steps. We dispute the ongoing and erroneous assertion that implementing stormwater pollution plans will cost regional cities billions of dollars. Numerous municipalities around the nation have undertaken innovative and effective stormwater projects that provide multiple benefits at limited expense.

We are grateful to everyone who supported “Take LA By Storm” over the last few months! Without everyone’s strong advocacy, the permit would be in a much weaker state and we wouldn’t have these strong requirements in place.

This grassroots campaign needs your donations to stop the attack on clean water.

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Petitions are one of the most influential ways to have your voice heard, and this summer, Heal the Bay is running several pressing campaigns to protect clean water and healthy neighborhoods. 
California Bag Ban State Flag Bear
It's almost Independence Day. So it's time to declare freedom from the tyranny of ocean pollution this 4th of July holiday with Heal the Bay. Join our summer-long Take L.A. by Storm movement to keep our local waters clean with these ocean-friendly ac…
Join Donavon Frankenreiter for a beach cleanup and free concert in Santa Monic
Municipal stormwater permits regulate all urban runoff discharge from separate storm sewer systems, so-called MS4s. Because stormwater is the No. 1 source of coastal pollution in California, these permits are a big deal for ensuring public health …
Join the Take L.A. by Storm campaign to fight for clean water
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