The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works would like to remind residents to protect the local waterways by keeping litter, waste and pollutants away from city streets and out of the flood protects and water supply system.
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Each year, the County and local cities prevent hundreds of tons of trash and debris from reaching the ocean.
To accomplish this monumental task, thousands of protective screens have been installed on catch basins throughout the region and trash boom collection systems have been deployed at the mouths of Ballona Creek and the Los Angeles River.
Despite these preventative measures, cigarette butts, litter, and other pollutants still make their way into the region’s urban river systems and eventually the Pacific Ocean.
Follow these simple steps to prevent stormwater pollution:
* Put litter and extinguished cigarette butts in trash cans—not on the street.
* Carry a litter-bag in your car or backpack, and remember to use it.
* Always pick-up after your pet.
* Recycle beverage containers.
* Keep truck beds litter-free and always tie-down truck payloads.
* Apply pesticides or fertilizers sparingly and never before it rains.
* Recycle used motor oil and oil filters at a designated recycle center.
For more information about the County’s stormwater pollution prevention programs, call 1(888) CLEAN LA or visit www.CleanLA.com.
PRESS RELEASE COURTESY OF SCVNEWS
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Source: Santa Clarita News