Friday, December 11, 2009


Trash TMDLs with TEETH

Yesterday marked a great victory for keeping trash out of our ocean due to the action of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. The LA Water Board voted to incorporate the Zero Trash TMDL (total maximum daily load) into the Municipal Stormwater Permit (or MS4 permits). The vote was recommended by staff and recieved a unanimous 5-0 vote from the Board. The action will help stem the trash that flows into the Los Angeles River and, of course, flows downstream to Long Beach (LB City Councilwoman Suja Lowenthal was present to testify on what it does to the shoreline).

The Regional Board's action is a big step forward in reducing trash in the LA River and reducing the amount of Marine Debris in our ocean. This will complement Surfrider's hard work on our Rise Above Plastics, Ocean Friendly Gardens and Ballona Creek clean up and restoration effots. For more info, check out this LA Times article.

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