By Brandon Dawson - Director, Sierra Club California
As a newbie to Sierra Club, you hear all kinds of Sierra Club entities being thrown around. National, Sierra Club California, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club Bay Chapter and the list goes on. We’re here to shed a little light today on Sierra Club California.
As you may know, it’s becoming more important for everyone to try hard to conserve water due to the increased frequency of dangerous droughts brought on by climate change. Here are some important water conservation tips individuals, including cities can implement on a daily basis.
In April of last year, the Santa Ana Regional Water Quality Control Board voted to grant Poseidon a permit to move ahead with the construction of their ocean desalination plant. The next step of course is that Poseidon would have to come before the California Coastal Commission (CCC).
While the Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner tells of the misfortunes of a seaman and suggests that despite being surrounded by something, you cannot benefit from it, the tale of ocean desalination suggests the same. The South Coast Water District’s proposed Doheny Ocean Desalination Plant in South Orange County is an excellent example of this conundrum.
The Bixby Marshland is a 17-acre marsh near the intersection of Figueroa Street and Sepulveda Boulevard in the City of Carson, on land owned by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County. Marshland is a transitional area between terrestrial (land) and aquatic (water) environments. There are many native plants and animals, especially ones that need wetlands and depend on the marsh for survival.
In Southern California, we have a storm drain system and a sewage system that are completely separate. The storm drain system is called the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4). Two main types of water flow through the MS4: (1) Stormwater, which is rainwater that cannot infiltrate into the ground naturally and instead builds up as it flows over the ground, and (2) dry weather runoff, which originates when it is not raining through activities such as overwatering lawns or washing cars.
World Water Day has been celebrated by the United Nations annually since 1993 to shine the spotlight on water use, water conservation, water innovation and the lack of access to water in many countries. Wars have been waged over water.
How does a business supporter of the Sierra Club decide on which action to take if they only have 15 minutes during a week or even during a month where taking action is possible?
We have 100,000 supporters in Southern California, and each one is busy with their personal day-to-day life issues. Most would take action if it was easy, so this is our goal on the Southern Sierra team.
In January, the City of Hawthorne voted unanimously for 100% renewable energy as their default rate while Hermosa Beach voted to join the Clean Power Alliance, thanks in part to the advocacy of the chapter’s Clean Break team. In Orange County, Buena Park became the first city in Orange County to make 100% renewable energy its default, becoming the first member of the Orange County Power Authority to do so.
The Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club welcomes your participation in its century of involvement in the enjoyment and protection of our planet's environment. The Angeles Chapter spans Los Angeles and Orange Counties in Southern California, with an extensive program of hikes/hiking, national and international travel, local conservation campaigns, political action, and programs for people of all ages.