Louisiana Wildlife Federation Passed Trash Resolution

Proposed Resolution No. 12D, 2013

SUBJECT: SUPPORTING THE ADDITION OF TRASH TO THE LOUISIANA LIST OF WATERWAY IMPAIRMENTS AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF TRASH LOAD LIMITS FOR IMPAIRED LOUISIANA WATERWAYS

WHEREAS, Section 402(p)(6) of the Clean Water Act authorizes responsible agencies to designate impairment sources that require regulation to protect water quality and to develop a comprehensive storm water program to regulate discharges, and

WHEREAS, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its designee, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ), have established Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL’s) of various impairments in waterways around the State specified on the 303(d) list (impaired waterways), and

WHEREAS, the EPA has recently added trash to the national list of impairment categories used by states to report on impaired waterways, and

WHEREAS, the Louisiana Administrative Code (LAC) Title 33, Part IX, Chapter 11 establishes water quality standards to protect or enhance the quality of all state waters for recreational use and requires that they be maintained in an aesthetically attractive condition, free from objectionable deposits and floating debris [trash] that form nuisances or negatively impact aesthetics, and

WHEREAS, Title 33, Part IX, Section 2517 states that municipal storm water runoff continues to harm the nation’s waters and may contain or mobilize high levels of contaminants, such as sediment, suspended solids, nutrients, heavy metals, pathogens, toxins, oxygen-demanding substances, and floatables [trash].

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Louisiana Wildlife Federation supports efforts by individual organizations to control the proliferation of trash in all waterways.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Louisiana Wildlife Federation hereby petitions the LDEQ to add trash to the list of impairments that are used to compile the Louisiana 303(d) list (impaired waterways) for approval by the EPA, to assess Louisiana waterways for trash impairment, and to determine trash allocations and TMDLs for waterways determined to be impaired by trash.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Louisiana Legislature should consider action in support of the above proposals as necessary to support achievement of the goals defined above.

Submitted by: Friends of the Atchafalya

Contact Person: Charles Caillouet

for consideration by the Louisiana Wildlife Federation in convention assembled.

Current Endorsements:

Amite River Preservation Association

Contact: Richard Venable

Baton Rouge Audubon Society

Contact: Jane Patterson

Bayou Manchac Group

Contact: Jonathan Scott

Friends of the Atchafalya

Contact: Charles Caillouet

Keep Louisiana Beautiful

Contact: Leigh Harris, Executive Director

Pack and Paddle

Contact: John Williams, Owner

Sierra Club Delta Chapter

Contact: Haywood (Woody) Martin, Chair

Tulane Green Club

Contact: Nicholas Stracco, President

Other States

States and Districts with Trash/Debris TMDLs

Alaska, Maryland, California, and, the District of Columbia

States that have Listed Trash as an Impairment and Started Assessments

Ohio, Hawaii, and Massachusetts

States with Comprehensive Litter Control or Container/Bag Programs that will avoid the need for Trash TMDLs

Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Michigan, Maine, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington

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