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Protecting Our Water

Protecting the economic and ecological quality of the Los Angeles region’s water resources by investigating both emerging and established conservation and pollution prevention strategies. 

Pollution Prevention:

Problem: The Los Angeles region has long had a storied connection with its ocean, waterways and beaches, but with the rapid urbanization of the region, these resources have come under attack by a variety of pollutants.

Goal: LASC is committed to protecting the Los Angeles region’s most cherished natural resources – its ocean, rivers and beaches – from pollution. We seek solutions to preserve the economic and ecological benefits of our water resources.

Water Conservation:

Problem: It is no secret the Los Angeles region faces recurring droughts and long term challenges to accessing adequate fresh water resources in the future. The ability of the region to conserve water will play a critical role in helping the region grow sustainably in the face of climate change and rising population.

Goal: LASC’s “Protect Our Water” initiative investigates emerging and effective strategies for water conservation.

A Few Recent Project:

SOAK-IT UP! Strategies for Sustainable Recreational Boating

As part of a coalition formed with Two Terra, Model Environment, and Environment California to support the Campaign for Clean Boating Practices, LASC is producing Soak it Up: Strategies for Sustainable Recreational Boating and a Clean California Coastline. This report highlights the problem of oil pollution from recreational boating, describes potential policy or institutional solutions, and analyzes how those solutions could be achieved.

Crude Awakenings Ten Years Later

With the devastating impacts of Deepwater Horizon fresh in the general consciousness, LASC partnered with Environment Now and Santa Monica Baykeeper to take a fresh look at the oil spill risks off the southern California coasts, as well as the prevention and response policies in place to protect against a catastrophic spill. This ground-breaking report investigates and reviews the federal, state, and local policies and regulations established to prevent and respond to oil spills.

Keeping Water Conservation Afloat:

To address the need for more behavior-based water conservation measures, LASC’s Keeping Water Conservation Afloat policy briefing investigated how alternative rate structures and user responsive pricing mechanisms have been used successfully by other regional water districts to promote water conservation, and how it could be used by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power to achieve significant water savings.