L.A. Supervisors add safe, clean water to November 2018 ballot
'Stormwater problems are experienced differently, with low-income communities often disproportionately affected'
Los Angeles River Watershed area of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership. Courtesy LADWP
Ballot measure adds 2.5 cents per square foot parcel tax within the County Flood Control District to fund clean water infrastructure projects
LOS ANGELES (MNS) — The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved adding a measure to the November 2018 ballot that would fund a Safe, Clean Water Program for the county.
If approved by voters, the ballot measure would impose a 2.5 cents per square foot parcel tax within the County Flood Control District to fund infrastructure projects that would make water supplies safer and more reliable; reduce polluted water runoff in streets, rivers, and at beaches; create more green space in neighborhoods; and generate jobs and career pathways.
Prevention Institute Managing Director Manal J. Aboelata spoke in support of the funding measure approved Tuesday. In her testimony, Aboelata encouraged the supervisors to look at stormwater “through the lens of health and equity,” highlighting the challenge of untreated stormwater as both “the most significant source of pollution affecting our waterways and an opportunity to capture more rainfall to meet the needs of our water-scarce region.
“While highly contaminated stormwater poses risks for everyone, stormwater problems are experienced differently across our region, with low-income communities often disproportionately affected,” Aboelata continued.
The Prevention Institute recently released the report A Time of Opportunity: Water, Health, and Equity in the Los Angeles region. The organization also co-facilitated several community meetings over the last several months to gather feedback about the Safe, Clean Water Program from county residents, especially those in disadvantaged communities.