Next Water & Infrastructure Group Meeting October 14 7:00pm
Grace Peng and Kathy Kunysz
Matt Hacker: Groundwater 101: Introduction to Sustainable Groundwater Management in Southern California
Topic: WIG meeting
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Matthew Hacker, P.G.
Mr. Matthew Hacker is a registered geologist in California and is currently a Senior Resource Specialist at the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He has more than 27 years of experience in water resources planning and local resource development in the areas of groundwater, stormwater, and water recycling. Currently, he is striving to create a more resilient water future for Southern California through innovative new projects such as Metropolitan’s groundbreaking Regional Recycled Water Program.
Meeting of the Water and Infrastructure Group (WIG)
May 15, 2021 About 10 LWVBC members joined our first official Water and Infrastructure Group (WIG) meeting on May 15 to discuss SoCal water supplies. Before the meeting, we read (skipping the highly technical parts) an article from the Journal of the American Water Resources Association, A Long View of Southern California Water Supply: Perfect Droughts Revisited, by C.A. Woodhouse, D.M. Meko, and E.R. Bigio. Professor Connie Woodhouse was kind enough to give us a free copy of the article pdf so we didn’t have to buy it from the journal. She was very happy that her paper was going to be read by LWV influencers.
Click here to read more about what we learned and discussed.
SoCal derives our water supply from a diversified mix of local and imported sources facilitated & subsidized by the Federal (CO River) and State (Delta) Governments. This three-basin water portfolio diversification has served SoCal well in the past but climate change has increased the likelihood that all three water basins simultaneously experience drought, aka a “perfect drought”. Not only are droughts more frequent, they are more prolonged.
We skipped the WIG June meeting due to the LWV California Convention and will reconvene via Zoom at 10:00am on Saturday, July 10th to discuss the City of LA and National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s exciting roadmaps to 100% Renewable Energy. LA100: The Los Angeles 100% Renewable Energy Study.
We’ll discuss the executive summary but you are free to read as many of the detailed chapters as you want. I already perused Chapter 10: Environmental Justice. It is impressively detailed and the pollution findings surprised me.
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SBCCOG Local Travel Network for the South Bay
Did you know that half of all South Bay trips
are less than 1 mile and over 70% are less than 3 miles?
We don’t need to drive multi-ton vehicles carrying on average just over one person for every trip.
South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) staff have created a plan to connect the entire South Bay with a network of roads that can be legally used by electric Local Use Vehicles (aka Micromobility) including motorized wheelchairs, e-bikes and golf carts.
In May 2021, the SBCCOG board of directors approved a Local Travel Network (LTN) plan. However, it is voluntary and implementation will be based on the priorities of each city. To ensure that it is not another missed opportunity like the 2011 adopted and then mostly ignored South Bay Bicycle Master Plan, we need your help.
Learn more about Micromobility and the Local Travel Network using this StoryMap.
We need more voices to stand up for the most efficient and least polluting travel modes.
Keep an eye on your city council’s agenda. Whenever there is road work along part of the network, show up and make public comments in support of multi-modal travel to make private cars the last, rather than the first, choice.
LWVBC member Grace Peng (blue pullover on the bike in the StoryMap) can help you craft your own compelling mobility stories for public comment. firstname.lastname@example.org