More local water for L.A. may mean a more parched Los Angeles River

September 20, 2017
The Los Angeles River flows past the Atwater Village neighbourhood during a rain storm in Los Angeles, California on January 12, 2017.

Los Angeles can have a more sustainable future with 100-percent local-water, but it will come at the cost of a more parched L.A. River, according to a new study released by UCLA. The study, the most comprehensive analysis to date of integrated water management strategies for the river, is intended to guide local officials in planning for the river’s future. Mark Gold, one of the study’s lead authors and UCLA’s associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability, spoke with A. Martinez on KPCC’s Take Two on how the report will be a critical tool for key decision makers as the region looks to revitalize Los Angeles’ iconic river.

Gold leads the university’s Sustainable LA Grand Challenge, which aims to achieve 100-percent renewable energy, 100-percent locally sourced water, and enhanced ecosystem health for Los Angeles.

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