Regional regulators have adopted tough new rules that will force Bay Area cities to slash the amount of trash that flows into storm drains and into the bay by 70 percent in the next seven years. The San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board also will require that cities eliminate all trash that flows into the bay in twelve years. According to the Chron, the strict new rules, which apply to all East Bay cities, go into effect December 1.
Regulators say the rules will help clean-up the bay and its shoreline, which is strewn with trash, especially plastic bags. But the regulations also will force cash-strapped cities to spend more money on making sure that litter is kept out of storm drains. That may be particularly difficult in Oakland, which has huge street-litter problems throughout the city.