State Water Board OK's L.A. County's Stormwater Capture Plans
Some environmentalists strongly opposed the plan, complaining that
the changes did not go far enough. And cash-strapped municipalities also
objected, saying that they could not afford the expense of new
revised draft order represents a gross abuse of power and an abdication
of responsibility," said Steve Fleischli, director of the Natural
Resources Defense Council water program.
Fleischli said the
approved rules allowed municipalities in certain watershed categories to
avoid the issue of rainwater reuse and also degraded the state's
ability to enforce water quality. He said he feared the regulations
would allow some cities to plan water capture systems without ever
having to build them.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has
argued that stormwater capture could potentially provide more than
253,000 acre-feet of water for Los Angeles County after every inch of
rainfall — or nearly 40% of the city of Los Angeles' annual water use.
...While government organizations such as the Los Angeles County
Department of Public Works voiced support for the revised permit, a
number of municipalities said they were alarmed by the potential cost.
City Councilman Dan Medina said compliance with the permit threatened
to "bankrupt our city and probably force it into a disincorporation."
Medina said a consultant had told the city that belonging to an
enhanced watershed management program could cost the city $12 million to
$24 million a year.
"The city's general fund is only about $50 million a year," Medina said. "Nearly 80% of that goes to public safety."
...Board Chair Felicia Marcus told municipal officials that the estimates seemed too high....
SEE THIS DOCUMENT, AT PAGE 3, PARAGRAPH 5 FOR LA COUNTY'S OWN ESTIMATE OF THE $20 BILLION COST
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