When the summer sun is shining down and there’s not a cloud in the sky, our rare LA rains are the last thing on our minds. Picnics, beach days, road trips, gardens, and summer camp adventures fill the days, and our memories of summer slowly blend into one joyous summer daze. But as the summer continues, we inch ever closer to the start of the rainy season, and with it, the first rains.
October typically marks the beginning of the rainy season in LA, and “First Flush” is what we call the first big rain event of the year. It gets this funny name because of all of the things (trash, pesticides, fertilizers, dog waste, and other pollutants) that have accumulated on the ground over the long dry summer that get picked up by the rainwater and carried to storm drains. Once in a storm drain, this debris is “flushed” directly into the ocean. This is what the first rain event of the season looked like last year. Here are 5 actions you can take to limit pollution during the warmer months to ensure a clean first flush in the fall.
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