Skip to comments.High school cheerleader car wash violates environmental laws
Posted on 10/25/2013 10:10:17 AM PDT by markomalley
Its hard to wave your spirit fingers when the city shuts down the cheerleading squads fundraising car wash to protect the environment.
This is what happened to Lincoln High School cheerleaders trying to raise money to attend a national competition in April. The San Jose Mercury reports that local environmental officials warned the high school cheerleaders that their car wash violated the citys water discharge laws.
We had a visit from the city of San Jose Environmental Services Department who said that the car washes at Hoover [Middle School] are in violation of water discharge laws, therefore we had to cancel this and all future car washes, said an email that was sent out to neighborhood email lists on Oct. 18.
Anything that is not storm water or rain water is considered a pollutant, said Jennie Loft, acting communications manager for San Joses Environmental Services Department. If it goes into a storm drain, that pollutant will harm wildlife and habitats in the creeks. Water goes directly from the storm drains into our creeks.
The city intervened in response to two complaints received about the car wash events Lincoln High Schoolers had been holding at Hoover Middle School. City officials reached out to school and district staff to give them information on how to prevent pollutants from getting into storm drains.
The city also gave some tips on how they can have legally compliant cars washes.
The Mercury reports: Conduct car washing over gravel, grassy area, or other earthen areas if possible Ensure that wash water (soapy or not) does not run into a street, gutter, or storm drain Wash water from paved areas should be collected and diverted either into the sanitary sewer system or a landscaped area Use different methods to protect the storm drain system Ensure no soap stains remain on the ground.
These byzantine regulations dont just apply to high school sports teams struggling to raise money, but also to individuals who want to give their car a rinse.
What most people should do if washing their cars at home is park it on the lawn so the water is diverted into landscape, Loft said. Or go to a designated neighborhood car wash, so it doesnt go into the storm drain.
According to the Mercury, the Lincoln High School cheerleaders still need funds to get to their competition and are welcoming contributions by check to Lincoln Cheer 2013-2014, Lincoln High School, 555 Dana Ave., San Jose, 95126, attention Mrs. Phillips.
It was a tounge in cheek comment. He got it and explained the pitiful amount of rain that made the grass green but didn’t make any puddles in the lake.
Empty lakes make me sad.
Your lake needs to be mowed.
If you feed the base of the food chain, you get more food.
go to a designated neighborhood car wash
Is that Federally designated or State?
OMG, we used to wash our cars down at the branch,
you could take a bath at the same time.
“Besides the soap runoff problem - they also waste water. My city has banned these for many years now....Soooo..the city is getting a kickback from the car washes in the area, right? Or havent you looked into that? Somebody pays for the water, the the soap is, by regulation, biodegradable and what is the problem?”
Biodegradable doesn’t matter to EPA, it’s still a “pollutant”. Even rocks and heat are pollutants in their regulation. Anything you can put into a stream is illegal except pure water, and then the water has to be the same temperature as the stream, or you have violated the law. You can look it up.
Car washes are illegal everywhere, including your own car in your own paved driveway, if the water runs into a storm drain. EPA can arrest anyone who violates the rule, anytime they feel like it. They just don’t feel like it right now. But wait, they will.
Oh, and those commercial car washes? If they are done by the EPA book, they have to recycle and re-use their wash water, plus any waste water has to be clean or they have to pay to dump it into the sanitary sewer, a very expensive process. If there is a car wash near you that is not following these rules, they just have not been located and fined by the EPA yet.
Whaddaya think this is, a free country??
That is so sad...........
Thanks! Been ages since I saw that movie.