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Mixer: El Niño to the rescue?

Posted July 31, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Scattered thunderstorms have been battering the mountain and high desert areas this week with flooding rain, fierce lightning and even hail.
Monsoonal moisture continues across Southern California, and where it’s not raining, there’s plenty of moisture in the air.
Forecasters say the added moisture is part of a warming of Pacific Ocean waters that could continue to have a big effect on California weather in the next …

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DWP ready to drain water from Silver Lake Reservoir

Posted June 15, 2015 by | 6 Comments | ]
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Silver Lake residents will be looking at a dry reservoir for the next year or so.
The L.A. Department of Water and Power plans to start draining 400 million gallons of water from the reservoir late this month or early next month.
The DWP says it needs to remove all of the water to replace a huge water pipe that’s buried underneath the reservoir. Of course, …

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Los Angeles pulls the plug on Mojave solar plant

Posted June 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Plans to build a large solar farm in the Mojave Desert appear to be on the ropes after the city of Los Angeles announced that it won’t buy electricity from the project over concerns that it could harm wildlife.
Bechtel Corp. is developing the 2,000-acre Soda Mountain Solar Project, east of Barstow near the Nevada border. The L.A. Department of Water and Power was expected …

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Mixer: An oily mess and a slippery cleanup

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The company that owns the pipeline that ruptured this week off the coast of Santa Barbara now has to go through a series of steps before it can restart that line.
Federal regulators are requiring Texas-based Plains All-American Pipeline to remove the damaged section of pipe, test it and then empty the remainder of the line.
Meanwhile, bad weather and choppy waters have slowed the cleanup …

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Long-term forecast is for more very hot days in L.A.

Posted May 14, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
The sun rises over electric power lines in Encinitas, California.

If you think Southern California has a lot of hot days now, just wait.
That’s the upshot of a new report from climate experts at the UCLA Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
The report, published in the Journal of Climate, says that if nothing is done to control greenhouse gas emissions, the number of extreme heat days – over 95 degrees – could triple or …

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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 | ]
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“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 | ]
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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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Walking the Los Angeles Aqueduct with 100 mules

Posted October 22, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
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This year marks 100 years since the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the pipeline that carries water from the Owens Valley to the San Fernando Valley. It enabled LA to grow into the metropolis it is today, but drained the Owens Valley dry. To recognize that legacy, an LA artist has embarked on a curious adventure: to travel that 240-mile stretch of the …

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