Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

Sponge city

Urban designers rethinking L.A. for long-term drought

Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource by David Sedlak. YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS

Yale University Press


For thousands of years, city planners have engineered water into submission — think aqueducts. It's the way most cities are designed. And you can hear the echoes of that ancient plumbing in Los Angeles, where rain answered prayers last month. But that precious water is wasted when it slides off roofs and into sewers. The problem today is the city needs that rain. And so there's a call now to build cities like sponges.


Boxer vows no more 'secret' talks on drought bill


Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer on Wednesday set down some markers on California water legislation, denouncing "secret negotiations" and stressing the importance of seeking statewide support. Boxer said she'd strenuously fight this year if she must. Her declarations underscore the complications facing the Central Valley lawmakers and others now preparing another bill.


Important water infrastructure talks under way

Circle of Blue

A pair of discussions that play a large role in the future of California's water systems are under way this week. The two meetings — on water infrastructure spending and capturing stormwater runoff — are the highest profile examples of discussions that are taking place in California communities large and small.

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