Many don't realize it, but Santa Monica Bay may soon be opened up to oil drilling. The City of Hermosa Beach residents will vote later this year on a ballot measure that may allow slant-drilling into the Bay, which would jeopardize public health and pose significant environmental and economic risks. Worried about the prospect of oil drilling in our Bay?
Regulatory confusion and loopholes in the Clean Water Act have led to dischargers being able to pollute or even destroy some streams and wetlands without consequences. Because of this, many wetlands and streams throughout the country are vulnerable to destruction. A proposed rule would clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands. This would protect millions of miles of threatened streams and millions of wetland acres.
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.