Los Angeles Waterkeeper is collecting storm water samples at spots known for being polluted in the county.
LA Waterkeeper is diligent and effective all year long protecting waterways in Los Angeles County from sources of pollution like urban runoff, sewage spills, industrial wastewater, and trash,” said Liz Crosson, Executive Director for Los Angeles Waterkeeper. “But first flush is an 'all-hands on deck' experience."
Storm water, which is often not treated and flows directly into the ocean, carries contaminants such as fecal bacteria, oil, grease, metals, pesticides, litter and other toxic chemicals.
L.A. Waterkeeper’s team is collecting samples at more than two dozen industrial facilities, including waste transfer stations, scrap yards, and waste recyclers, throughout L.A. County that are suspected of violating federal and state clean water laws.
Data collected will be submitted to the Regional Water Quality Control Board.