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The Stormwater Education Program worked closely with the community outreach efforts of the Los Angeles Police Department. Through this partnership, the City was invited to make pollution prevention presentations to over 720 concerned residents at 21 Neighborhood Watch meetings throughout the City.

Wet-erase boards, illegal dumping magnets, and ÒThe Ocean Begins in Your NeighborhoodÓ brochures were distributed at these presentations and stormwater presenters also fielded questions from the audience.

The Stormwater Program visited these Neighborhood Watch meetings:

LAPD Central Division, 213 E. 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014

LAPD Newton Division, 3400 S. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011

LAPD West Valley Division, 19020 Vanowen St., Reseda, CA 91335

LAPD North Hollywood Division, 11640 Burbank Blvd., N. Hollywood, CA 91601

LAPD Devonshire Division, 10250 Etiwanda Ave., Northridge, CA 91325

LAPD Rampart Division, 2710 W. Temple St., Los Angeles, CA 90026

LAPD 77th St. Division, 7600 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90003

LAPD Pacific Division, 12312 Culver Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

LAPD Wilshire Division, 4861 W. Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019

LAPD Harbor Division, 2175 John Gibson Blvd., San Pedro, CA 90731

LAPD Foothill Division, 12760 Osborne St., Northridge, CA 91331

LAPD Hollywood Division, 1358 N. Wilcox Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028

LAPD Pacific Division, 12312 Culver Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066

LAPD Van Nuys Division, 6240 Sylmar Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91401

LAPD Devonshire Division, 8901 Eton Ave., Canoga Park, CA 91304

LAPD Northeast Division, 3353 San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90065

LAPD West L.A. Division, 1663 Butler Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90025

LAPD Southwest Division, 1546 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90062

Audience members listen to a stormwater presentation at an LAPD Community Meeting.

Community Questions & Comments:

"I didn’t realize so much junk could fit in a storm drain."

"We should have heavy fines for those caught littering into the storm drains."

"We need more corner trash cans."

"Does the city clean storm drains on a regular basis?"

"In my neighborhood, I see kids dropping oil and car oil filters all the time."

"The street people seem to be the problem."

"Do people REALLY put auto parts and ping-pong tables into the storm drains?"

"Why don’t we cover the storm drain so only water can go in?"

"This was a good idea to bring to the Neighborhood Watch meeting."

"Would you speak at other events?"

"We’ve cleaned up our area to help avoid this kind of blockage."

"Do smokers create THAT many butts?"

"Can we set up a Clean LA Day?"

"Do you have some type of inspector for this problem?"

"We don’t have this problem in a gated community."

"All the street people leave trash everywhere."

"We will be glad to report this in our area."

"How long has this education project existed?"

"What can we do to help?"

"Will there be more ads on this topic?"

"I don’t believe you guys found beds and motorcycle parts in the drains."

"I can’t believe how dirty we can be in this city."

"I didn’t know this was a major problem."

"What other information is available?."

"Will we see more ads or anything like billboards on these stormwater problems?"

"This was very enlightening, I never knew that this had become this big a problem."

"Are you guys working with the EPA?"

"Will this become a T.V. campaign soon?"

"We have a trash can on almost every corner."

"Our church has children clean on City Day to help them understand these kinds of problems."

"I see kids change their own oil right over the storm drains."

"Will there be any news reports on this problem?"

"Do you have a breakdown of the most problem areas?"

"Will the City be funding any cleanup for this problem?"

"Does your hotline stay open 24 hours a day?"

"Why has the program taken so long to get the information out?"

"There are guys hanging out in the alley behind my unit that are always dumping garbage in the street."

"The gardener uses a blower that pushes lots of junk into the storm drains."

"These pictures are disgusting!"

"The pollution pictures are hard to look at."

"The information has been very helpful."

"The pictures make it look out of control."

"These pictures tell a terrible story!"