Los Angeles County Stormwater Fee Hearing Continues March 12

Posted by on March 5, 2013 in Blog, Coastal Debris, Coastal Development | 0 comments

clean-water-clean-beaches-logoWith seven out of ten of the most polluted beaches in California located in Los Angeles County, a stormwater parcel fee has been proposed to raise the necessary funding to clean up the ongoing mess.  The County’s Board of Supervisors re-visits the proposed parcel fee next Tuesday, March 12th, in a continuation of a public hearing held in January.

The new fees would provide dedicated funding for pollution prevention, waterway cleanup, and drinking water protection efforts. Advocates are hoping the Board will approve the measure and put it to voters.

According to Heal the Bay, The measure would also “fund innovative infrastructure projects throughout the region that capture stormwater before it enters our waterways. Instead of spewing pollutants and trash into the sea, runoff can be held, filtered and cleansed naturally in groundwater basins. Stormwater becomes an asset, rather than a liability.”

The hearing will be held at Kenneth Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple St., Room 381B, in Los Angeles beginning at 8:30 am.  According to the website notice, “If the Board has not received protests against the fee by a majority of property owners at the end of the Public Hearing, the Board may choose to proceed to the second step in the Proposition 218 process—an election to approve the proposed Clean Water Fee.”

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