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CA Gov. Jerry Brownholds up a legislation which he signed authorizing initial construction of California's $68 billion high-speed rail line.
Surging revenue returned a wave of funding to environmental issues in California, as Governor Jerry Brown released his budget Thursday.
It’s a good news kind of year. Maintenance for state parks deferred in lean budget years gets a $40 billion boost this time around. And Brown’s budget anticipates a lean water year, upping investments in water storage, like groundwater aquifers and reservoirs, and regional water self-sufficiency.
State parks also got a one-time $14 million infusion, welcome news to the California State Parks Foundation.
“We hope that it is the beginning of a more stable period for state parks,” said the group’s president, Elizabeth Goldstein, in a release. “We are pleased that this infusion of one-time funding reverses the trend of closures that have characterized the past six years.”
An AllenCo oil facility in the University Park neighborhood has been the source of fumes and odors that neighbors say has caused health problems.
The city of Los Angeles is suing to keep an oil production facility near USC closed until the company can guarantee the health and safety of people living nearby.
Oil producer AllenCo voluntarily shut down its oil field in November, after a growing wave of complaints about fumes and health problems attracted the attention of federal, state and local politicians. Environmental Protection Agency officials reported respiratory problems when they visited the site in the fall. Neighbors of the facility have complained of nosebleeds, dizziness and other ailments.
City Atty. Mike Feuer’s complaint, filed Tuesday in Superior Court, aims to keep the facility closed. The city claims AllenCo has failed to maintain fire suppression systems, failed to disclose where it stores hazardous materials on site, and has failed to safeguard water supplies nearby – violating state laws and city rules.
The Hyperion Water Treatment Plant is the largest wastewater treatment facitily in Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. A new report says it's at risk from sea level rise.
How vulnerable is Los Angeles to rising sea levels? A report out today from USC says the city’s preparations for encroaching shorelines has been uneven.
Extreme weather is the biggest worry when it comes to sea level rise, and the report from USC’s Sea Grant Program acknowledges LA is taking some steps to prepare. A steady stream of modernization projects at the Port of Los Angeles has factored bigger storms surges into their designs, for example.
But the report finds that historic buildings along the coast are vulnerable. So is the city’s wastewater system, including the Hyperion Treatment Plant in Playa Del Rey. It’s more than a century old.
Phyllis Grifman is associate director for the Sea Grant Program. She says socio-economic trends put some coastal neighborhoods, like Wilmington and Venice, at higher risk.
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File: A palm tree is silhouetted as snow accumulates on the hills above neighborhoods on Jan. 22, 2010 in La Canada Flintridge, California.
California water managers greeted the first Sierra Nevada snow pack survey of the year Friday with strong language, using words like “abysmal” and “dismal” to describe the view it offers of the coming water year. State scientists taking manual samples in several South Lake Tahoe locations found the amount of water in snow pack is only about 20 percent of normal, according to the Department of Water Resources.
Water levels in snowpack measured in this year's survey and one from January 2012 are the lowest on record.
Snow pack is critical because, according to state resource managers, it normally provides about one third of the water used in California. Officials from the DWR have said that they expect they can only deliver about 5% of what cities and farms are asking for through the State Water Project.
Jerry Meral was deputy director of the California Department of Natural Resources until December, spearheading the $25 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan. Now he's advocating for that plan on behalf of the Natural Heritage Institute.
Just days after resigning his post as water advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown, Jerry Meral has joined an environmental group, the Natural Heritage Institute. He will serve as the director of the organization's California Water Program.
The new role will allow him to advocate for the $25 billion Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
In order to comply with California law, which seeks to limit "revolving door" relationships among outside advocates and state officials, NHI will not compensate Meral for work on the Bay Delta. The Institute has long been a vocal supporter of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.
The conservation plan proposes to improve the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta AND shore up water supplies to southern California through the construction of two tunnels.
Meral resigned as deputy secretary of California’s Natural Resources Agency on Tuesday.