California’s stormwater system is a toxic mess.
Voice of San Diego reporter Ry Rivard joined the podcast this week to discuss his three-part investigative series on stormwater pollution and the flawed system that polices it.
Rivard talked about the history behind stormwater regulations and the thousands or more industrial businesses across the state that don’t comply with the rules.
The current system is largely viewed as unfair, and there’s a debate about what to do about it.
“There’s a bunch of different things we could decide to do,” Rivard said. “We could decide to give the government all the resources it needs to actually enforce the law so that private environmental groups don’t have to, or we could figure out a different way to clean up water, or we could loosen the regulations, or we could make the decision that any business that pollutes should be immediately shut down.”