CHICO, Calif. - Following a state mandate, the city of Chico is planning to install special filters in storm drains to help with a major pollution problem.
The city recently held a public forum on the topic in August and is moving forward with plans to install capture systems within the Chico storm drain system.
Chico Public Works says the new filtration system would help separate trash that's as small as a cigarette butt.
The implementation is all part of a state-wide effort to stamp out a massive pollution problem that's affecting wildlife, oceans and groundwater. Right now, most of the trash that ends up in the storm drain goes straight to the ocean.
"We [the city of Chico] appreciate the quality of life, our kids and our dogs," said Matt Thompson, senior civil engineer for Chico Public Works. "We don't want to be concerned about trash and how it affects wildlife, especially cigarette butts, which are slow to decompose."
The capture systems will be installed in high density residential and non-residential areas, Thompson said.
The city says that if funding comes through and plans continue to run smoothly, Chico residents could see capture systems installed in the area as early as 2020.
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