Running a business in California is a dream. California sustains the world’s 9th largest economy and boasts millions of acres of coastline, rivers, estuaries, bays, and lakes. To keep the dream alive, California Coastkeeper Alliance created the Blue Business Council to unite businesses in protecting California’s most threatened and vital capital - our waters.Read more
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California has been in a terrible drought, leaving many regions with limited water supply including Orange County. Orange County Water District recently expressed interest in the Proposed Poseidon Desalination Plant Huntington Beach. Orange County Coastkeeper recognizes that while responsible desalination that considers monetary, environmental and ecological impacts can be a good solution for water scarcity, the proposed Poseidon Desalination Plant comes with costs that outweigh the rewards.Read more
What is an MS4?
MS4 stands for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems. MS4 permits regulate storm drains of a city or county, which are designed to collect stormwater from streets and highways. The stormwater runs through a complex system eventually finding its way to a river, bay or the Pacific Ocean--without any treatment. To regulate and prevent harmful pollutants from washing or dumping into an the stormwater system, Regional Water Quality Control Boards issue MS4 permits to operators, who much also develop a stormwater management program.