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?
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.
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.