Monday, Sept. 28, 2015

Crisis unfolds

Drinking water systems at risk of failing infrastructure

UCLA basketball center court during cleanup after massive water main break. LOS ANGELES TIMES

Los Angeles Times

Associated Press

After decades of keeping water rates low and deferring maintenance, scores of drinking water systems built around World War II and earlier are in need of replacement. The costs to rebuild are staggering. The costs of inaction are already piling up. At stake is the continued availability of clean, cheap drinking water — a public health achievement that most Americans take for granted.


Drought escalates town's mental health issues

Fresno Bee

Manuel León's fight for his own life began long before la sequía — the drought — swallowed up the water under his East Porterville home. In a town whose problems already include air pollution, water contamination and poverty, the drought has spurred a growing health crisis, worsening respiratory conditions and burdening those with other illnesses. And it gets worse.


$25M for 'crown jewel' of L.A. River restoration

Los Angeles Times

The state plans to contribute $25 million toward efforts to buy a property on the Los Angeles River in Cypress Park, the majority of the purchase price for a parcel that has been called a "crown jewel" of the river's restoration. The funding marks a major step toward securing the largest remaining piece of undeveloped riverfront land.

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