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

A view of L.A. River with a trickle of water flow on a summer day from up-top the 1st Street bridge in downtown Los Angeles.
UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge

UCLA researchers have looked at how to improve water-quality and increase water-supply with a focus on the City of Los Angeles, which is a necessary step towards realizing 100% locally-sourced water for L.A. County by 2050, and a goal of the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge.   Read more

A group of a half dozen faculty, researchers and a doctoral student went to the first ever Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Conference on Sustainable Cities and Landscapes. The conference at the Portland campus of University of Oregon, hosted scholars from a dozen countries discussing urban biodiversity, water management, landscape architecture, energy, urban design and other issues. Read more

The ongoing global trend of migration into large cities will only heighten the need for urban planning focused on sustainability.
Courtesy of Perkins + Will

UCLA will receive $3 million over the next five-years from the National Science Foundation’s NSF Research Traineeship to launch a program that will educate graduate students on sustainable supplies of food, energy, and water to growing urban centers under the pressure of global climate change. Understanding the food, energy, water nexus in conjunction with complex regional socioeconomic and urban planning challenges is an important step towards achieving a sustainable LA. Read more

Dominguez Channel in Los Angeles County
Katie Mika

UCLA researchers have looked at how to improve water-quality and increase water-supply with a focus on the City of Los Angeles – a necessary step towards realizing 100% locally-sourced water for L.A. County by 2050, which is a goal of the UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge.  In the recently released report, LA Sustainable Water Project: Dominguez Channel and Machado Lake Watersheds, researchers specifically studied the highly urbanized Dominguez Channel watershed, which includes the Machado Lake watershed and looked at the Terminal Island Water Reclamation Plant, as well as the underlying groundwater basins, to better understand opportunities to improve water quality and increase water supply. Read more