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Urban Run-off

The Streets to the Sea Student Public Education Campaign

Urban runoff is a program around the world. Westside Global Awareness K-8 Magnet is a watershed. When it rains, or any other water source is left on, water collects the trash and many other pollutants. The water does not absorb into our ground because it is completely covered with blacktop asphalt and we don't have a lot of trees. By the force of gravity the polluted water goes directly into the Ballon Creek, then into Marina Del Rey, and finally the ocean.

At our school it happens almost everyday! We hose the lunch area off and the water makes a small stream into the back of our school picking up trash, food, asphalt dust, pet waste, oil from cars, plastic, and all the stuff people throw on the ground. Then the water flows into the Ballona Grand Canal, to the marina, and into the ocean. Many people visit the ocean and swim in the water. Once you think about it, you swim in waste. It's all dirt and residue mostly now because we litter and waste water.

What Can You Do to Help?
Have you ever wondered what happens too all the water after it rains? Most of the water goes to all the beaches that you and I swim and play in. Urban runoff is wasted water or rain water that goes into the streets and picks up trash and pollutants. Almost everything we use in our daily life is harmful to our environment. Follow these ten steps so you can help urban runoff from happening everywhere:
  1. Reduce, reuse, recycle, and keep litter and hazardous waste off the ground.
  2. Fix sprinklers and other sources of water so they don't spray onto concrete and asphalt surfaces.
  3. Direct water hoses and other sources of water into grass and plants, instead of the streets.
  4. Plant mulch (ground up leaves and branches) below trees in planters and on exposed bare soil.
  5. Direct rain downspouts from the roof to flow into grass and planters instead of across the concrete gutters and storm drains.
  6. Plant trees to capture rainfall and direct water into the soil below.
  7. Create berms (small embankments) around the edges of grass and other planters to prevent water from floating over concrete and enabling it to seep into the ground.
  8. Report clogged storm drains to 1-800-Clean-LA
  9. Keep cars tuned up to prevent oil leakage onto the street.
  10. Pick up after pets