On Friday, October 5, supporters of clean water packed a Metropolitan Water District meeting room to fight for strong stormwater protections throughout Southern California as part of the "Take L.A. By Storm" campaign. On November 8, the L.A. Regional Water Quality Board will continue the public hearing regarding a revised permit. Written comments will no longer be accepted, but interested parties may present oral comments concerning revisions to the permit.
Now is the time for stronger protections, not weaker ones.
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 local rivers and beaches, usually with little or no treatment.
Take the pledge to make every day a day without a single-use plastic bag.
A Day Without a Bag is an education and grassroots event coordinated by Heal the Bay that involves community groups, businesses and individuals throughout the state of California. On this day we ask holiday shoppers and retailers to forgo single-use, plastic shopping bags in favor of reusable bags.
The Glendale City Council will be discussing and voting on a plastic bag ban ordinance. The ordinance is modeled after the one already implemented in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.
City Council wants to hear from the community. Make your voice heard in the effort to reduce litter and protect our local ecosystems. With your help, Glendale can join the following cities/counties in putting an end to plastic bags:
As Chair of the state Senate Subcommittee on Urban Rivers, Sen. Fran Pavely will be hosting a joint hearing on the Los Angeles River with Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes, the Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on the Revitalization of the Los Angeles River and the Pacoima Wash.
The hearing will focus on the San Fernando Valley portion of the 51 mile-long L.A. River and will include updates from community groups as well as city, county, and federal officials about efforts to revitalize the river.
The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) would like to encourage its members and allies to join the International Plastic Bag-Free Day on July 3, 2011 being organized by Fundació Prevenció de Residus i Consum.
LADWP's newly released budget proposes to dramatically slash investment in essential environmental initiatives including energy efficiency, water conservation and stormwater capture. LADWP will present their budget categorized into two types of costs: basic business needs (minimum to meet regulatory mandates and basic operations) and “strategic investments.” “Strategic investments” include a higher percentage of support for such programs as: water conservation, energy efficiency, water reuse, groundwater recharge, water recycling, smart meters and stormwater capture. Both “basic costs” and “strategic investments” are critical to ensure water sustainability. Visit www.ladwp.com/laforward to learn more about the 2011 Rates Process and to RSVP.