Too many California beaches, coastal areas, and rivers are plagued by pollution from landfills, oil refineries, metal recycling facilities, and other industrial facilities. Polluted runoff, including lead, aluminum and other toxic pollutants, are highly toxic and endanger California communities and watersheds. California's State Water Board has recently issued a Final Draft of their update to the 15-year old Industrial General Stormwater Permit. Unfortunately, after more than two years of work, the current Draft Permit fails to make necessary improvements, and in several respects, weakens industrial pollution controls. Please tell the State Water Board to develop a strong Industrial Stormwater Permit and require everyone to do their part to protect California’s waters.
In 2013, California passed legislation prohibiting the possession, sale and distribution of detached shark fins after the point of landing in California. But this month, the federal government is proposing a rule that has the potential to overturn shark protections passed by many states, including California. NOAA’s proposed measure seeks to overturn laws prohibiting shark fin trade, an inhumane practice that has led to major declines in global shark populations. Urge the US government to implement the Shark Conservation Act as intended, without undermining state conservation measures.
Los Angeles County residents have the opportunity to reduce harmful trash and pollution in our waterways and protect local sources of drinking water from contamination. The new Clean Water, Clean Beaches Measure, to be voted on by parcel owners next spring, would provide $270 million in funding for innovative stormwater projects that would create multiple economic and environmental benefits for the entire region.
The EPA is proposing to cut all federal funding for beach water quality monitoring in 2013, putting over 90 million Americans at risk of getting sick from polluted water! You and your family should expect enjoyable and worry-free beach days. Join Heal the Bay and Surfrider in asking Congress to restore the money for beach water testing in the federal budget.
Educating children about the importance of environmental responsibility is one of the keys to protecting natural resources in the future. Heal the Bay educates thousands of children and young adults annually through a variety of field trips and programs already, with your support we can reach even more students.