The environmental group’s DrainWatch program sends out Storm Water Assessment Teams to collect samples in an effort to force polluters to clean up. Their work has a black-ops feel. As they bottle up dirty water, investigators keep a low profile, look over their shoulders and eye passersby with suspicion — and not without reason. Though they collect the samples from public sidewalks or streets, they’ve been chased off and even threatened by hostile property owners.
Great article this week on stormwater- front page! Thank goodness for Waterkeeper; industrial pollution regulations are enforced because of people like these, but all urban runoff (especially streets and parking lots of which we have an endless supply) is potentially hazardous to human health. Angelenos need a new, smart, drought resilient, water distribution and reclamation system.
Sure! Of course! - and also a GIANT undertaking, maybe that’s why its slow going. And costly- to transform a, century?, old flood control system- into a modern day water conservation, reclamation, distribution, treatment and clean water protection, system? Yah that’s a lot of redoing things. We’ll start by joining ”Flood Control” to the Regional Water Board, add “Sanitation”, throwing in “Parks”, and possibly bring in urban school playgrounds, the school districts. This sort thing can inspire one to reimagine the mission and goals of such a municipal agency- how it would work with other agencies, what new forms of organization may we need, or what would a campaign to fund such a transformation of public works, (and miles of water infrastructure) look like. #onewater #neighborhoodparks #stormwater #lariver #cleanwater #waterkeeper #lacounty #water #southerncalifornia