Oct. 12, 2015 08:23

Controversial Stormwater Plan Approved

A controversial set of revisions to Los Angeles County’s MS4 permit was unanimously approved by the State Water Resources Control Board recently. The revised permits face opposition from environmentalists warning about loopholes which would allow cities to plan water capture systems without ever building them, and from municipalities concerned about the expense of the permits.

The plan is seen as a model for other counties across California, but the board is only willing to push it so far. “If we hear from our permittees that they don’t believe this is meaningful and that they don’t buy into green infrastructure and they think it’s too expensive… that’s a big problem,” said board member Steven Moore.

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