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.
Between that and Die Hard, I think the guy was just a bit typecast.
No, but Canyon Lake doesn’t look all that bad, IMO...
You would think with all the rain the level would go up more.
I heard about that Lake Medina. That is so sad.
The rains will come in due time—unless the desert is trying to take a huge part of the Lone Star State back.........
I am pretty much almost all enviro regulations, but this isn’t one of them in a densely populated area.
I didnt know these types of car washes were allowed anywhere anymore.”
One of the local high schools in the Houston suburbs had one last weekend which took place in the Sonic parking lot. I don’t buy from Sonic any more but did patronize them. Good way for kids to raise money - at least in parts of Texas kids are still allowed to do kid things which lets them be involved.
“All is well. You did not come here to fix a broken world. The world is not broken. You came here to live a wonderful life. And if you can learn to relax a little and let it all in, you will begin to see the universe present you with all that you have asked for.” - Abraham Hicks
Boat Ramp in my community leading to Medina Lake.
soap is bad. Who knew?
must suck to live in the city.
I don’t know why so many here are raging about sensible rules to keep lakes, rivers, and creeks clean. Our local economy has been severely impacted by our two major rivers being slowly killed by urban,and agricultural runoff, and ACE discharges from Lake Okeechobee. Fishing has in the past been a big business here. When major algae blooms and fish kills start happening because of changes to the water due to the runoff it matters. It is not just a “liberal” cause.
Caring about where you live and the resources that are a source of income for many is not being a Communist. It is caring about stewardship and the responsibility God gave us to care for and respect His creation.
Don’t forget “Real Genius”.
In Texas, too.....fundraising car washes are okay here, too.
awesome. Just add water.
Take this opportunity to clean up the glass on the bottom of the lake where the kids like to swim.
No old villages down there?
That is pretty dry
There are car washes all the time in my city to help pay for gangbangers’ funerals. I’d like to see the Enviro Cops try to shut one down!
So what do they do with their Wastewater Treatment Plant (sewage plant) effluent?
File photo from WildTexas.com
We do all of that, without the Feds telling us to. Come on, you know better than that, I know u do! Freepers r wicked smart and take care of what God made, as I am sure you do.
“My local Stage 2 Water restrictions.
Yeah, but we were at 639 feet as of yesterday. At least that is what the board said.
Try explaining that to the Mexicans in East San Jose.