August is Water Quality Awareness Month, a time to recognize the importance of clean water to our health, agricultural and environment.
OCTA celebrates the importance of clean water every day with the Environmental Cleanup Program, which reduces the impacts of transportation-related street runoff and improves water quality for Orange County waterways. Funded by OC Go, Orange County’s half-cent sales tax for transportation improvements, the program awards money on a competitive basis to cities and the county to reduce the impacts of water pollution related to transportation by removing litter and debris from roads before it reaches the ocean and other waterways.
Since 2011, approximately $54.7 million has been awarded for 211 projects from all 34 cities and the county. Through these projects, it is estimated that the equivalent of nearly 78 football fields one foot deep in trash has been captured.
Learn more about OCTA’s environmental sustainability efforts here.