No Trash in Our Waters: Make It the Law Statewide!
Trashis accumulating in California’s streams and rivers and on its beaches at an alarming rate. Many waterbodies throughout the state are so clogged with trash that they are impacting wildlife, aquatic life and public health. 15 trash pollution limits (“TMDLs”) are in place in the Los Angeles Region to help reduce the volume of trash heading to the ocean. 111 jurisdictions in California have already taken action to pass plastic bag bans, and the State Legislature is currently considering a statewide ban.
The State Water Board is hoping to complement these current efforts with its recently released Trash Policy. The Policy declares a statewide goal of no trash in California’s coastal waters, bays, rivers and lakes. However, some charged with implementing the new Policy are pressuring the State Water Board to weaken its provisions. We need a Trash Policy that holds each city and county responsible for trash reductions.
Show your support for trash-free streams, rivers and oceans. Let’s put California on the right path!
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