What is the Vision?
The measure will help protect public health and safety and improve water quality in Los Angeles County waterways, including the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers, creeks, lakes, bays, coastal waters and beaches. Funding would be available to cities and unincorporated areas for multi-benefit clean water projects to:
- Protect and increase drinking water by increasing groundwater availability.
- Clean up water by keeping pollutants, chemicals, pesticides, toxic metals, infection-causing bacteria and trash out of waterways and off local beaches.
- Expand the use of natural methods of cleaning up water, such as directing stormwater to filter through new wetlands areas before it reaches coastal waters.
- Create partnerships between cities and County unincorporated areas to develop projects strategically located in each watershed.
- Create thousands of local jobs in fields such as construction, engineering, landscaping and environmental clean up.
- Create clean water education programs to emphasize the importance of keeping trash, used motor oil and other toxic liquids out of the storm drain system.
- Install thousands of filters and screens in gutters and storm drains throughout the County to trap trash and pollutants before they can enter waterways.
You can see examples of potential, proposed, and completed clean water projects in your city by visiting the project map.
You can also watch this CBS News story about one school that installed a new sports field, virtually eliminated their water bills, and cleaned urban runoff.