Southern California environment news and trends

California to receive federal grant for tsunami cleanup

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Millions of tons of debris from the tsunami in Japan are washing toward the western U.S.

California will be among five states to divide $250,000 in federal grants to help clean up incoming debris from last year’s devastating tsunami in Japan.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced this week that California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Alaska will receive as much as $50,000 each towards tsunami debris removal, with funds available as early as the end of this month.

"We continue to actively work with the states and other Federal agencies to address the challenges associated with tsunami debris," said Nancy Wallace, director of NOAA's marine debris program in a statement. "We are pleased to be able to contribute funds to support states' efforts to respond to and remove marine debris, including disposal fees, cleanup supplies, and dumpster rentals. We remain dedicated to continuing our work with the states and others to address contingency planning, monitoring and research."


Hermosa Beach granted $410,000 to reduce carbon footprint

Valley and Pier: Hermosa Beacha

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California’s Strategic Growth Council has awarded Hermosa Beach over $400,000 to be committed towards making the city more sustainable, with the ultimate goal of carbon neutrality.

“Winning this grant will enable the city to create a needed legal framework to guide and sustain us in making the transformative changes necessary to fulfill the city’s commitment to be carbon neutral,” said Hermosa Beach Mayor Jeff Duclos in the Hermosa Beach Patch. “The plan elements the city will develop with this funding will ensure a comprehensive and unified approach to implementing our vision of the future.”

Among the initiatives the grant will fund include assembling a team of experts that will update the city’s General Plan and Coastal Land Use Plan, finding ways to reduce the school district’s reliance on external energy and protecting against a sea level rise. Developing new public transportation strategies is a paramount issue, since a majority of the area’s carbon output is due to traffic.