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Inside Alhambra’s regional partnership to reduce bacteria in local water sources

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Alhambra , CA United States

The Alhambra City Council voted last week to enter into a regional agreement to reduce the presence of bacteria in nearby rivers.

The approval, made on May 14, authorizes Alhambra to share costs with Monterey Park, Pasadena, Rosemead, San Gabriel, San Marino, South Pasadena, Temple City, Los Angeles County and the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments on this project, according to the Alhambra City Council agenda. A consultant will design plans for three bacterial load reduction strategy projects for the Alhambra Wash, Rubio Wash and Eaton Wash, all of which are part of the Rio Hondo watershed.

Alhambra’s share of the cost would be $89,938.

Alhambra resident Oscar Amaro asked what the city was doing to reduce pollution from residents and businesses that reach the Alhambra Wash through trash and storm drains. “We probably contribute quite a lot a bit of that pollutant load into the watersheds,” he said.

Martin Ray, Alhambra’s director of utilities, said that businesses are inspected annually to see if they’re complying with environmental regulations. He added that the city has catch basins to divert trash from flowing into storm drains. After a certain amount of rainfall, city workers clean out the basins and weigh how much trash has been caught in them. Street sweeping helps reduce pollution as well.

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