Archive Tag: Water

By Emily Castelazo

UCLA graduates Anne Youngdahl and Sagarika Subramanian were key players on the research team responsible for publishing the 2019 Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC) Environmental Report Card for Los Angeles County Water – the most comprehensive analysis of Los Angeles County’s water systems to date.

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Drinking water quality findings from the 2019 Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC) Environmental Report Card for Los Angeles County Water were featured in a Cronkite News/Arizona PBS story about lead contamination in California public schools and communities. Lead can leak into drinking water from old pipes and infrastructure, and there is no state requirement for testing drinking water at the tap in homes.

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Climate scientist Daniel Swain was quoted in a recent Los Angeles Times article about the Mojave River Dam. Federal engineers have concluded that the 48-year-old structure protecting the high desert communities of Victorville, Hesperia, Barstow, and Apple Valley is not in compliance with national safety standards. In the event of an extreme flood, the erosion and collapse of the dam could inundate 16,000 people and cause $1.5 billion in property damage.

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UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge director Cassie Rauser was featured on Spectrum News 1’s “Inside the Issues with Alex Cohen” on September 30, 2019 to preview the upcoming 2019 Environmental Report Card on Water for Los Angeles County. The report card offers a comprehensive analysis of the region’s efforts to move toward a more resilient and sustainable local water supply.

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