On Sept. 16, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed historic legislation to strengthen local management and monitoring of groundwater basins most critical to California’s water needs. The law puts California communities on a path to become more resilient to water shortages. The three bills signed by the governor create a framework for sustainable, local groundwater […]
On July 29, Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed a law banning the use of Styrofoam in the District effective January 1, 2016. The ban is part of the “Sustainable DC Omnibus Act of 2014.” The law will require restaurants, carry-outs, food trucks, and other entities that serve food to use compostable or recyclable food […]
The children’s book All the Way to the Ocean, a tale about stormwater pollution and its effects on marine life, is making it cool for kids to pick up trash.
On Oct. 29, the University of California, Los Angeles released a report on marine litter. According to the report, 18 million Mg (20 million tons) of plastic is blown, washed, or dumped into the ocean each year. This trash concentrates in five gyres, propelled by ocean currents. Litter may seem relatively benign, but it is […]
Many cities in the San Francisco Bay Area have already banned single-use plastic bags. The Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association is urging remaining cities to do so. The association found that plastic bags contribute to 8% of litter in a 2012 baseline survey of Bay Area litter. Not only are bags a significant percentage […]
On Aug. 22, the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set national water quality criteria for plastics. According to the petition, every year plastic threatens hundreds of thousands of marine mammals and sea birds due to entanglement and ingestion, and its main source is urban runoff. The Center for […]
Cigarette butts are one of the most commonly littered items, but inventor Ken Beckstead hopes to change that with his Butts Only Box®. The boxes have a unique design that makes it easy to throw butts in on the go — on roads or trails, for example. A grated opening also keeps human hands and […]
Last month the Los Angeles Gateway Authority, a coalition of 16 cities, completed a $10 million project to prevent 381,018 kg of trash from entering the Los Angeles River. The project involved retrofitting 12,000 publicly held storm drains with screens that capture trash. The authority used connector pipe screens, and areas with high trash loads […]