“California is assuring the federal government that it now has a plan to provide untainted drinking water more quickly to more than 160 small communities whose water fails to meet public health standards.
“The [Natural Resources Defense Council] national report found California’s beach water quality ranked 20th among 30 states included in the report, with Santa Cruz’ famed shoreline ranking in the middle of the pack statewide.”
“The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power plans to build the world’s largest groundwater treatment center over one of the largest Superfund pollution sites in the United States: the San Fernando Basin.”
“Lanare [west of Fresno], like scores of other impoverished California communities where the water is unsafe to drink, could be eligible for a share of hundreds of millions of dollars in federal and state funds to improve drinking water tainted by agricultural use and naturally occurring contaminants.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) regularly conduct oil spill response, equipment test and training days in vulnerable areas across the bay. On this particular day, boom — a common type of oil spill response equipment —was laid out to create a pocketed section of water and keep the oil from spreading.
“Communities in the east Coachella Valley face high, unhealthy levels of air and water pollution, especially when compared with the western part of the region, according to a first-of-its-kind report from UC Davis that local activists say validates what they have been saying for years.
“On June 10th, the Environmental Protection Agency had committed to propose its updates to our nation’s programs to manage polluted runoff. Across the country, our communities have grown faster than our ability to deal with polluted runoff which has quickly become the number one source of water pollution in the country.
For the first time ever, these researchers have characterized the relative, direct influence of different aerosol species on seasonal atmospheric warming and cooling over California using supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) and at PNNL. The scientists found that aerosols have a net cooling effect on California’s atmosphere, but individual species contribute differently.