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2019 Sustainable LA Grand Challenge Environmental Report Card for Los Angeles County Water

  • Author(s): Federico, Felicia
  • Youngdahl, Anne
  • Subramanian, Sagarika
  • Rauser, Casandra
  • Gold, Mark
  • et al.
Abstract

The Sustainable LA Grand Challenge (SLA GC) Environmental Report Card (ERC) for Los Angeles County (L.A. County) is the only comprehensive environmental report card for a megacity in the world. This 2019 ERC on Water provides an in-depth look at the region's efforts in moving toward a more resilient local water supply, which requires maximizing high-quality local water supplies, improving water conveyance and treatment infrastructure, reducing water consumption, and implementing innovative technology and policy solutions. Twenty indicators were assessed across eight categories. Many of these indicators are new areas of assessment for the ERC and will provide a more comprehensive picture of current conditions compared to the 2015 ERC that last assessed L.A. County’s water. Grades were assigned in each category based on compliance with environmental laws or numeric standards where applicable, on our best professional judgment, and on historical improvements and context. This year’s grades range from D/ Incomplete to B+, and although there has been great progress in some areas, others still require significant improvement to raise the county’s C+ average.

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