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18 Jan 2021 LOS ANGELES CA
In the decades since engineers first blanketed the Los Angeles River with concrete, working-class communities along its armored banks have struggled with blight, poverty and crowding — unintended consequences perhaps of an epic bid to control Mother Nature. Now, as many of these neighborhoods suffer disproportionately higher rates of infection from COVID-19 — and as the nation seeks to atone for racial and institutional injustices laid bare in the police killing of George Floyd — famed architect Frank Gehry has unveiled a bold plan to transform the river into more than just a concrete flood channel and establish it as an unprecedented system of open space.
6 Oct 2019 SAN FRANCISCO CA, United States
In an apparent distraction ploy to increase political pressure on the water-stressed state of California, the US Environment Protection Agency (USEPA) has issued a formal notice accusing the city of San Francisco of a number of violations of the country's Clean Water Act.A letter from the federal agency follows accusations last month that the city allows used needles and human waste to be released untreated into the Pacific Ocean...
30 Sep 2019 LOS ANGELES CA, United States
Funding to understand environmental sustainability challenges received a whopping boost 26 September with the commitment of US philantropists Stewart and Lynda Resnick to support cutting-edge research at California Institute of Technology (CalTech) home to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The $750 Million USD is the second largest ever to a US academic institution...
7 May 2019 SACRAMENTO CA, United States
Gavin Newsom, the new Governor of California, United States, has announced that the State will withdraw permit applications to state and federal water and wildlife agencies to build two giant water transfer tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.The two-tunnel transfer project, chamioned by former Governor Jerry Brown, would have cost about $19 Billion USD...
16 May 2018 San Francisco, CA
The Santa Clara Valley Water District has voted to support State Governor Jerry Brown’s plan to build two massive tunnels to transfer Northern California water to Southern California.The district’s board voted 4-3 May 8 to support the $17 Billion USD project and to commit up to $650 Million USD to help pay for it...
14 Mar 2018 LOS ANGELES CA
Environmentalists have talked for decades about the value of the clean air, clean water, biodiversity and other “services” provided by nature. Now comes the fullest accounting to date of actual transactions that pay for such services. The headline number: between $36 billion and $42 billion per year, in more than 550 “payment for ecosystem services” programs worldwide.
8 Mar 2018 LOS ANGELES CA
Followers of the ecologically dubious and largely pointless Cadiz water project in the Mojave Desert might have pricked up their ears last week at reports of a possible conflict of interest involving Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, and the investment firm Apollo Global Management.
1 Dec 2017 LOS ANGELES CA
Three conservation and health safety groups Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the federal government’s approval of a project that would transfer 16 billion gallons of water annually from a remote part of San Bernardino County’s Mojave Desert to developments in South Orange County and other locations.
19 Oct 2017 LOS ANGELES CA
The Trump administration has given the go-ahead for a project to siphon millions of gallons of water from an underground aquifer in the Mojave Desert and sell it to Southern California water districts. Cadiz, the company in charge of building the 43-mile pipeline across federal land, hailed the decision while environmentalists fret the scope of the project could have devastating effects on the fragile and relatively pristine ecosystem of the Mojave.
11 Oct 2017 LOS ANGELES CA
Southern California’s largest water agency Tuesday threw a lifeline to California WaterFix, approving a $4.3-billion buy-in to the water delivery project. This does not ensure the survival of the $17-billion project, which needs significant funding from other urban and agricultural water districts to move forward, but it gives a much-needed boost to the long-planned proposal to build two massive tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, the heart of California’s complex waterworks.
5 Sep 2017 LOS ANGELES CA
Brown has pushed this tunnel plan all through his second go-’round in the Capitol, and now it may be reaching a decisive point. Not only are water districts around the state becoming concerned about who will pay the project’s cost of about $17 billion (plus interest), but local governments in the immediate area are alarmed over a host of environmental issues.
23 Aug 2017 SACRAMENTO CA
Northern California cities and counties on Friday were leading a surge of lawsuits to try to block Gov. Jerry Brown's plans to build giant tunnels that would carry water from the north of the state far to the west and south.