Earth Day 2020: Southern California Activities

  • Posted on 20 April 2022
  • By Angeles Chapter Updates
This Friday (4/22) is Earth Day and the beginning of Earth Month. 
Join us as we celebrate the planet and spread the word about we fight for a future where all people enjoy a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature on this day and every day. 
Here are activities happening on and around Earth Day 2022.

A Letter from the New Conservation Co-Chairs

  • Posted on 15 March 2022
  • By Wendy-Sue Rosen & Robin Smith - Conservation Committee Co-Chairs
Wendy-Sue Rosen and Cynthia “Robin” Smith are excited to be the new co-chairs of the Angeles Chapter Conservation Committee.
Wendy-Sue Rosen

Pictured: Wendy-Sue Rosen

The Constant Threat Against California’s Human Right to Water

  • Posted on 7 March 2022
  • By Guest Commentary by Andrea León-Grossmann
In 2012, California took the bold step of enacting AB 685, which declared that every person in the state has a right to clean, safe, and affordable drinking water. Seven years later, in 2019, Gov.

The REAL Truth Behind Carlsbad “Bud” Lewis Poseidon Desalination Plant. A Costly Mistake.

  • Posted on 7 March 2022
  • By George Courser
The Carlsbad ocean desalination (desal) plant, the largest in the western hemisphere, was conceived as a futile scheme to beat the 1987-92' drought. The San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA) was clashing with their supplier, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD), over a temporary 31% drought supply reduction. That dispute was the seed of a two decades battle to have Poseidon Resources construct this energy intensive industrial water plant.

No Delta (Tunnel) Conveyance Without Building Sites Reservoir

  • Posted on 7 March 2022
  • By Caty Wagner
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is considering letting California’s largest water users build a 1.5 million acre foot, or 20 sq mi, reservoir that would divert much more water from the Sacramento River. At 13,200 acres, Sites Reservoir (formally called the Sites Offstream Storage Reservoir Project) would be one of the largest reservoirs in California and would include new water diversions from the Sacramento River that could also adversely impact the Trinity River.

Should We Legislate or Ban Water Futures? A Closer Look.

  • Posted on 7 March 2022
  • By Bill Martin - Co-Chair, Sierra Club California Water Committee
About a year ago, I reported on a new water futures market on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The market is based on an index, which is based on the sales  transactions of actual water in CA, including statewide and in 5 sub-basins in the  Southern CA area. The index price is reset weekly, and that reset influences the prices of the water futures. No actual water changes hands; these futures contracts are settled only in dollars.