Stormwater Crossroads

After 20 years, the City of Los Angeles’ stormwater program is at a crossroads.

The program has come a long way since its beginnings in the early
nineties as a result of the Hyperion consent decree and new regulations
under the federal Clean Water Act and the first countywide stormwater
permit. The City has done a superb job on stormwater education for
students, businesses and the public. During the early 1990s, Heal the
Bay worked closely with the City on our Gutter Patrol program where
volunteers helped stencil tens of thousands of catch basins all over the
city. Today, the City runs the program and you can’t find a catch basin
in the city without a “No Dumping” stencil.

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