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2013: Year of the L.A. Aqueduct – L.A. City Council Declaration

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Los Angeles City Council Declares
“2013: Year of the L.A. Aqueduct”

LADWP to Celebrate Engineering Marvel that Brought Water
from Owens Valley to L.A. 100 Years Ago


LOS ANGELES — (Jan. 18, 2013) The Los Angeles City Council officially declared “2013: Year of the Los Angeles Aqueduct” today, joining the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in launching a centennial celebration to mark 100 years of continuous operation of William Mulholland’s great engineering achievement that brings water to Los Angeles from the Owens Valley, 233 miles away.

The declaration, a City Proclamation, states, “the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct 100 years ago is a significant historical event that led to the growth and prosperity of Los Angeles and Southern California, helped spur an economy that today rivals many nations’ and supports a distinct culture synonymous with invention, creativity and entrepreneurship.

It was presented by Councilmember Jose Huizar along with Councilmember Tom LaBonge. 

“The Los Angeles Aqueduct is a critical reason the City of Los Angeles was able to expand from a sparsely populated region to the second-largest city in the United States and a thriving metropolis,” said Councilmember and Energy & Environment Committee Chair José Huizar. “The L.A. Aqueduct’s importance continues to this day and the City of Los Angeles is proud to recognize this engineering marvel.”


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Yellowstone Oil Spill: 42,000 Gallons Spilled by Exxon

Laurel, Montana – Hundreds of barrels of crude oil spilled into Montana’s Yellowstone River after an ExxonMobil pipeline beneath the riverbed ruptured, sending a plume 25 miles downstream and forcing temporary evacuations, officials said. 


© AP Photo/Billings Gazette, Casey PageOil swirls in a flooded gravel pit in Lockwood, Mont., after an ExxonMobil pipeline break early Saturday, July 2, 2011

The break near Billings in south-central Montana fouled the riverbank and forced municipalities and irrigation districts Saturday to close intakes. 

The river has no dams on its way to its confluence with the Missouri River just across the Montana border in North Dakota. It was unclear how far the plume might travel. 

Cleanup crews deployed booms and absorbent material as the plume moved downstream at an estimated 5 to 7 mph. 

“The parties responsible will restore the Yellowstone River,” Mont. Gov. Brian Schweitzer said. 

A 600-foot-long black smear of oil coated Jim Swanson’s riverfront property just downstream from where the pipe broke. 

“Whosever pipeline it is better be knocking on my door soon and explaining how they’re going to clean it up,” Swanson said as globules of oil bubbled to the surface. “They say they’ve got it capped off. I’m not so sure.” 

ExxonMobil spokeswoman Pam Malek said the pipe leaked an estimated 750 to 1,000 barrels of oil for about a half-hour before it was shut down. Other Exxon officials had estimated up to 42,000 gallons of crude oil escaped. 

Duane Winslow, Yellowstone County director of disaster and emergency services, said the plume was dissipating as it moved downstream. “We’re just kind of waiting for it to move on down while Exxon is trying to figure out how to corral this monster,” Winslow said. 

“The timing couldn’t be worse,” said Steve Knecht, chief of operations for Montana Disaster and Emergency Services, who added that the plume was measured at 25 miles near Pompeys Pillar National Monument. “With the Yellowstone running at flood stage and all the debris, it makes it dang tough to get out there to do anything.”


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The 2011 Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition

The 2011 Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition, a short film competition, is seeking narrative, documentary, animated, experimental and/or student-made short films, 1 to 10 minutes in length, that creatively explore methods and ideas to responsibly manage and use Earth’s most precious resource, water. 

short film competition hosted by Jack Hanna

Filmmakers who submit their short films via the competition website will have their films reviewed by a judging panel made up of film and water experts. 

Finalists have a chance to win cash awards totaling $15,000 and a trip to Beverly Hills, Calif., where they will be guests at a formal screening event hosted by wildlife expert, Jack Hanna, 30-year veteran of documentary films and TV shows. Deadline for entries August 1, 2011

Check out the call for entries video starring Jack Hanna and a few of his jungle friends at www.IUOWFILM.comfor more information.

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>$2.5 Million Grant for Water Efficiency And Green Jobs


The Los Angeles Water Efficiency Workforce Development Program has won Governor Schwarzenegger’s Green Innovation Challenge and will receive $2.5 million in funding over the next two years.

The Green Innovation Challenge is a highly competitive grant process that drew 34 applications from around the state of California.  Six projects were awarded funding including two in Southern California.  Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said, “These Challenge grants will encourage innovative green companies to train and hire Californians to further our state’s leadership in the green economy.” 
Victoria Bradshaw, Secretary of the state Labor and Workforce Development Agency, who presented the awards, said “This is an important opportunity to help put people back to work while giving industries in the green economy the ability to develop training programs that will address their specific workforce needs.”
The Los Angeles Water Efficiency Workforce Development program is a broad workforce collaborative led by Generation Power.  Many of these projects will be in the public sector including the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), City of Los Angeles, and other public sector agencies, which have enormous irrigated acreage under management.

  The two-year project will survey hundreds of sites across school campuses,
  city parks facilities, and other public and private facilities to develop a
  rich database of projects suitable for funding with projected returns on
  investment.  Dallana Acosta, a recent Fremont High School graduate, CSUN
  student, and Generation Power team lead, said, “The Green Innovation
  Challenge funding will help Generation Power expand our work in water
  conservation and energy efficiency and allow us to hire more bright young

Young people, ages 16-24, working for Generation Power found that over 62% of the toilets at LAUSD consume 3.5 gallons (or more) per flush (gpf) compared to LAUSD’s current specification for new toilets of 1.28 gpf.  We estimated that the savings in water bills from toilet and urinal retrofits will re-coup the initial materials and labor investment in only four years.  There is a lot of opportunity for both water conservation and job creation.”
In addition to project surveys and identification of fundable projects, crews from the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and incumbent workers of the City of Los Angeles will replace water-hungry invasive species with drought-tolerant landscaping.  Other technologies and practices including smart irrigation, rainwater harvesting, greywater systems, and stormwater management will also be implemented.  Crews will receive training in low impact development from Los Angeles Valley College, the Worker Education & Resource Center, the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council, the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, and other groups.  Bo Savage of the Conservation Corps said, “Corpsmembers take pride in environmental stewardship.  They are thrilled that they will be able to learn job skills that will make them more marketable for employment in the growing field of water conservation.”

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