Tag Archives: parcel tax

Stormwater Parcel Tax on Hold

16 Jan
Image from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District: http://www.flickr.com/photos/losangelesdistrict/4755714576/sizes/o/in/photostream/

Image from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District: http://www.flickr.com/photos/losangelesdistrict/4755714576/sizes/o/in/photostream/

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing  [PDF, Item #40] earlier this week for the Clean Water, Clean Beaches Fee, a proposed parcel tax on to mitigate stormwater runoff pollution in the county.  The revenue would be used to capture, filter and reuse stormwater before it ever makes it to a sewer. Continue reading

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New Directions in Stormwater Management

15 Jul

In Los Angeles County, the finger pointing about who is responsible for cleaning up polluted stormwater has bubbled up to the United States Supreme Court.

In 2011, the Ninth Circuit Court found that the County and its Flood Control District were in violation of the Clean Water Act by allowing the release of untreated water into the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers. The Flood Control District claims that it cannot be held responsible for the polluted waterways, since it is not the source of the pollution. The County is hoping that the Supreme Court agrees, and finds that the County’s Flood Control District is not responsible for mitigating pollution from urban runoff that ends up in local waterways.

The battle in Los Angeles County represents a national trend of cash-poor localities scrambling to comply with the regulations of the Clean Water Act.  Cities are predictably looking to other entities to foot the bill. Continue reading