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.
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.
Now that is a nice looking lake as opposed to a place to fly kites.
It reminds me though, that all the lakes in Texas aside from maybe 2 are man-made.
Many boat ramps were closed. The water was just too low.
EXACTLY my thought....
Gotcha....I understand restricting water in droughts. But that is usually our local rural water board that asks us to do that, not the Feds. But I understand your point.
but we still have water, so far. But start stocking up bottled water for us if things don’t change.
All this rain recently barely made a dent.
WOW!!! looks like its been a while since you could use that boat ramp as a BOAT ramp!
These girls just didn’t go about it correctly.
They needed to be doing one of two things:
1. Topless and constantly kissing and rubbing each other.
2. Pay a couple guys to dress in Bikinis and prance around and help.
Either of those would have allowed them to scream LBGT discrimination and the environazis would have slinked away and allowed them to continue.
Agricultural runoff is a BIG deal here in my neck of America. Soap? not so much.
that's why God invented tar, feathers, and rails
if you care about your paint finish you would stay away from any bunch of cheerleaders with the intent to “clean” your car with a bucket of water and brushes that contains the filth of the 50 cars that went ahead of you.
WOW!!! looks like its been a while since you could use that boat ramp as a BOAT ramp!
4 years and counting....
Side story. Me and Mrs R2 just bought property at Medina Lake this year. Because they develped a nice community as a lake side resort subdivision - and now there is no lake - they have cut asking prices by 1/2.
So yeah. We just bought two lots. Cheap. If and when the water returns and the lake comes back - BOUNS! Our values will double.
If not - well it is still a nice community. We keep our RV there and it makes for a great weekend getaway.
Especially if you have a white car.
I love this Xterra. It tows that RV with power to spare.
This wasn’t the Feds. The city also let the school know how to hold a car wash without risking the environment. Putting the cars on a grassy area is not such a hardship. This is one of those rules that makes sense. Liberal probably would want to have centrally controlled water meters to make sure water use was distributed fairly and restricted once a certain level was reached.
Now what gets interesting is when the rules themselves are a main contributor to a problem that other rules are made to solve or prevent. For example requiring that parking areas have a certain amount of impervious surface means at some point you will get run off from that surface.
Ah but what can one expect, these are the same type of great minds that believed a low flush toilet would save water. Forgetting just why the toilet needed to flush int he first place.
I think maybe they ship it to China for them to put in dog treats.
TO CAPTURE FREE RAIN WATER!
Um, who’s been watering the lawn? Looks awful green. :-^)
Yep. We have had some rain this summer - but we need a few hundred feet more to fill ‘er up.
It looks bigger than the RV, lol
I know... we will get a long hose and siphon it from the Gulf! Here, you suck it to get it started I think. This pln could use some work.
U R absolutely right. I just hate to see something so “American” as a car-wash to raise funds shut down due to “environmental” concerns. It just struck me wrong. Also, I never wish to stir discontent with fellow Freepers, as we are all on the same team. Go America!!! Lol!!
It is caring about stewardship and the responsibility God gave us to care for and respect His creation.
Your post rings true. Are there any biodegrading cleansers these kids can use for car wash fundraisers? And, for adults, too. Some cleansers I've used in the past made me want to call HAZMAT.
Good idea. We don’t have a place to put one.
Really? Hmmmm.....what is the towing capacity of that? I am currently looking for a solid, durable tow vehicle.
Oh I would hate to see fund raising practices like this shut down too. I wonder if they could like the MD fund raiser where you have bail someone out of “jail”. Just think students could “arrest” teachers and administrators then “bail money” is sought for their release. I can’t see how this could go wrong. Either the money is paid and the funds are raised or the money is not paid and the teachers and administrators quietly fade into obscurity in some forgotten gulag. Ah bliss.
I don’t think they are overly worried about the soap but about what else might be carried in the water flow as it makes its way through the storm drain system. But even soap in large enough amounts (which can be small amounts accumulating from different sources) can be a problem which is why quite a few State and National Parks have rules about washing in the lake and river water found there.
I would wash my own car and drive by to make a donation for fundraising.
Maybe get them to just wash wheels so they would feel they did something to earn money for the fundraising and not being given $$$ without doing any work.
The Xterra has a 4.0 litre V6 engine with 265 hp. The Frontier (same vehicle except its a truck) can tow 6,000 lbs. Because the Frontier has a longer wheelbase.
I absolutely love my X.
Yes, it’s true, this man has no D*k
Maybe deep water wells.
everytime my wife mops with that stuff I head for the garage
I equate the smell of that stuff with my mom. She uses tons of it in my house when she comes to visit.
The chemical compound dihydrogen monoxide is known to the State Of California to cause lack of thirst, increased urination, and sudden violent death.
Its always a generous small business that pays for the water..I know they are evil in the mind of the left and these events show that we need more centralized control of water
I'm envious...I need a road trip to get my Mi Tierra fix.
Best tortilla soup in the state, and their bakery's awesome.
as long as biodegradable cleaning products are used, run off from the car wash into the storm drain system should not be problem for natures inhabitants in the creeks or the plant life - they will break down before any systemic calamity from their discharge occurs
What? You mean they didn’t file their an environmental impact report with the EPA? Throw em in jail.
“... they also waste water...”
Right. We can’t have that, what with water being a non-renewable resource and all. /s