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 rivers and beaches, usually with little or no treatment.
The Regional Board will vote on a new stormwater permit that could result in dirtier water and a higher risk of getting sick any time you swim or surf at our world renowned beaches. We need strong protections to ensure that the cities and dischargers meet water quality standards that safeguard your and your family's health.
We urge the Regional Board to keep strong protections in place in the new stormwater permit. The board is expected to vote on the new permit during business hours on October 4-5, so now is the time to fight for clean rivers, beaches and ocean. Show up to the hearing in numbers and let the board know that the public cares about this important issue. Check back for date/time updates for the general public comment.