The California State Water Resources Control Board just dusted off an old, draft policy from the era of Governor Schwarzenegger and is poised to approve a waiver to water protections that safeguard the most fragile parts of California's coastal marine ecosystem – places known as Areas of Special Biological Significance, such as the kelp beds off the coast of Trinidad. Urban stormwater runoff is the largest source of pollution to California’s coastal waters. Yet the State Board is proposing to weaken a 40-year old prohibition on polluted stormwater into these coastal areas. Please take action by Monday, October 17 and tell the Water Board that California’s coast deserves all of the benefits of existing law and that a roll back of these protections is bad for California and the marine life that thrives in its coastal waters.
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