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Mixer: Will California’s economy dry up?

Posted April 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Governor Jerry Brown has ordered cities throughout California to cut their water use by 25 percent – or more – as the state struggles with a fourth year of an historic drought.
Meanwhile, state residents cut their water use by less than three percent in February. It’s the lowest reduction since last July.
Are people getting the message, or do they not care? And can California’s economy continue …

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“Eat Local” hard to uphold in the California sea

Posted April 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

When Bernard Friedman heads out to his farm early in the morning, he’s not jumping into a tractor. He revs up his boat and shoots out of the Santa Barbara Harbor. His 72-acre farm is incognito. It’s under the open ocean. And the crop he’s harvesting? They’re mussels.
“Hopefully you’ll see a few whales,” he says. “You’ll see some sea lions, you might see some …

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Mixer: Dry land and deaf ears

Posted March 20, 2015 by | 17 Comments | ]
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We’re well into the fourth year of a severe drought in California.
And this week, Governor Jerry Brown and legislative leaders from both parties announced more than a billion dollars in emergency aid that’s being introduced as legislation in Sacramento.
But at a press conference, the governor also faced question after question over whether the State Water Resources Control Board’s new conservation actions are enough.
John Myers is …

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The 90s are back: Aged desalination plant gets dusted off in Santa Barbara

Posted March 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Water Resources Manager Joshua Haggmark

The Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant in Santa Barbara hasn’t seen use in over two decades, but that might change soon. According to the city’s Water Resources Manager Joshua Haggmark, the plant is crucial for Santa Barbara to survive the drought.
“I don’t think desalination should be our only source of water, but in California I think it should be a small portion of the water supply. At least …

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Another big solar plant goes online in California desert

Posted February 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

One of the biggest solar energy projects in the country will get an official dedication ceremony today in the Riverside County desert.
The 3,800-acre Desert Sunlight Solar Farm is expected to generate electricty for more than 150,000 homes. Pasadena-based First Solar is building and operating the plant.
U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is expected to join state and local officials for the dedication today.
The biggest solar …

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Mixer: Water levels, down; water shaming, way up

Posted August 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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As the severe drought continues in California, the state’s water authority is now actively imposing fines of up to $500 on people who are wasteful.
The Los Angeles Times reports the city’s Department of Water and Power has increased its patrol of water wasting by quadrupling the number of its city-wide inspectors: from one to four.
Los Angeles has about four million people.
Water tables are at …

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When LA’s infrastructure fails, who pays?

Posted August 1, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Tens of millions of gallons of water poured down Sunset Boulevard and onto the UCLA campus Tuesday, the result of a rupture in a massive, high-pressure water line more than nine decades old.
Hundreds of cars that were parked in underground decks were flooded and ruined, and at least a half dozen buildings on the college campus suffered various degrees of damage.
The court inside of …

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DWP’s trusts remains mysterious

Posted April 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The head of the largest Department of Water and Power union (Brian D’Arcy at IBEW Local 18) says he’s going to appeal a recent court order to turn over financial records for the Joint Training Institute and Joint Safety Institute.
These non-profits have taken in about $40 million in ratepayer money collectively over the last ten years or longer. To be sure, it’s a story that’s been …

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Pipeline to the past: Workers dig up L.A. water history

Posted April 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]

Local history buffs know that much of the story of L.A. is about finding and exploiting water. Now an early and important piece of the city’s water history has been discovered. Construction workers in Chinatown have uncovered what is believed to be a roughly 100-foot section of the city’s first municipal water system. It’s a 19th Century brick and wooden pipe that connected the …

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Coastal agency wants to put Venice curfew to bed

Posted April 16, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]

A long-running fight over a city-imposed curfew on Venice Beach could heat up again. The California Commission has consistently opposed the midnight to 5 a.m. curfew – arguing that the state’s Coastal Act calls for the public to have access to the ocean 24 hours a day. In a letter earlier this month, commission officials asked the city to reopen talks on the curfew. …

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Dodgers kick off home season amid off-field turmoil

Posted April 4, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]

The Dodgers have high hopes of reaching the World Series this year, but as they get set for their home opener today at Chavez Ravine all is not well off the field. In spite of a roster stocked with high-priced talent, most of the local chatter about the team early on has revolved around lack of access to SportsNet L.A., the club’s new cable …

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L.A. job growth is dead last among major U.S. cities

Posted April 2, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]

California’s drought could suppress job growth by 0.2 percent over the next few years, according to UCLA economists. The losses would fall mostly in the state’s fishing and manufacturing industries. That’s fairly modest given the severity of the drought. But the Anderson Forecast warns that all bets are off if the current dry weather turns out to be the start of a long arid …

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Part I: William Mulholland’s vision

Posted November 5, 2013 by and | 4 Comments | ]
Photo courtesy: Los Angeles Public Library

Listen below as Madeleine Brand and Saul Gonzalez report on the Los Angeles Aqueduct.
The Mulholland Fountain is named in honor of William Mullholland, the City Engineer who brought water to the Los Angeles area from the Owens Valley via the aqueduct. Mulholland used to live in a shack where the fountain is now located, on the corner of Los Feliz Boulevard and Riverside …

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Part 2: What happened to the Owens Valley?

Posted November 5, 2013 by | 11 Comments | ]
The lake bed is awash in color because of salt-loving bacteria (Photo: Matt Holzman)

Listen below: Madeleine Brand reports on the Owens Valley

Drive from Los Angeles up the I-5 and you hit the Owens River Valley and the beginning of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, called the  “intake.” This is a small concrete bridge with four wheels on top. Each wheel opens a water channel. And etched in the concrete are the now-faded words,  “Los Angeles Aqueduct.”
Los Angeles is …

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Part 3: Where does your water come from?

Posted November 4, 2013 by and | 2 Comments | ]
The Hollywood Reservoir, just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood Boulevard, is a beautiful spot for hiking and jogging. Like most of the city's big open-air reservoirs, though, it's no longer used to store drinking water for the city. That's because of federal health standards that require the DWP to cover L.A.'s drinking water supply. The DWP is moving forward with a master plan to cover all of its big reservoirs so the water in them  isn't exposed to sunlight. (Photo by Saul Gonzalez)

Listen below as Madeleine Brand and Saul Gonzalez report on the Los Angeles Aqueduct.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power engineer Fred Barker knows where your water comes from. Holding a glass of tap water, he explains that it came through the plumbing of the downtown DWP building, through a water main that connects to the Salono Reservoir, which is out by Dodger …

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Part 4: Can groundwater quench our thirst?

Posted November 4, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]
And houses have been fitted with storm drain water capture for watering lawns and other use. (Photo: Matt Holzman)

Listen below as Madeleine Brand and Saul Gonzalez report on the Los Angeles Aqueduct.
The San Fernando Valley is a giant aquifer, basically sitting on a sponge that can absorb a lot of water, and because it’s underground, that water doesn’t evaporate. However, due to paving the aquifer doesn’t absorb as much water as it could. About 85 percent of the city is paved, which …

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Interview with Christine Mulholland

Posted November 4, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

“William [Mulholland] was not interested in politics,” says his great-granddaughter, explaining that he wanted to serve the people and make sure there was a stable water source for the city. Here, Saul Gonzalez talks to Christine Mulholland about her family’s legacy.

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Tap vs. bottled water

Posted November 4, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]
Via Flickr by tico_24 / Creative Commons

Evian, Fiji, Pellegrino – aren’t these all just fancy ways of saying water? Well kinda. When it comes to what’s inside that bottle, it’s not much different than what you get from the tap. In fact, it’s basically the same thing.
Both kinds of water are sourced the same way, coming from aquifers, lakes and springs. In fact, 44 percent of bottled water sold in …

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Quiz: What do you know about LA’s water?

Posted November 4, 2013 by , and | 4 Comments | ]
The DWP building downtown, which actually gets its water from almost all of LA's water sources. (Photo: Saul Gonzalez)

Who was William Mulholland? Where do we get our drinking water from? What do you know about the past, present and future of L.A.’s water? Take our quiz! 

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There it is – take it back! An interview with Benett Kessler

Posted November 4, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
Madeleine Brand interviews Bennet Kessler, radio host and activist

KCRW’s Madeleine Brand sat down with Benett Kessler, a resident of Independence, California and owner and founder of Sierra Wave Media. She says that the DWP is still the major player in the Owens River Valley. “They virtually still continue to own all the business houses on Main Street and land under public facilities, churches, little league fields, that sort of thing,” she says. And, as she explains, …

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