Our Instagram and Facebook followers might say we post a lot of gross photos. Some might not like seeing the in-your-face trash as they slide through photos of beaches and dogs and new babies in their feed. Who wants to look at trash?
We sure don't, which is one of the reasons we post pictures of it to begin with. Seems counterintuitive, but we want to get the word out.
Stormwater pollution is not pretty. What we are letting into our waterways is not pleasant to look at. The litter that passes into storm drains is unacceptable. The oils and chemicals and heavy metals entering waterways via runoff is astounding.
It's hard to look at.
But we need to. Ignorance is no longer bliss.
The stormwater system is largely underground, meaning it's also pretty much out of sight. Many people have no idea what stormwater is, let alone how much pollution it carries into streams, creeks, rivers, lakes, bays and other waterways. We had no idea until we got involved with this issue, but now we see it every day.
We can't just clean the storm drains and then sit back and relax and act like everything is fine. Part of our job is in sharing with others what we are experiencing first hand, especially when it impacts all of us and the planet on which we all live.
We are going to continue posting our trashy pictures of what we find in storm drains across southern California. We'd love it if you followed along on Facebook or Instagram.