Robert Brears
Aug 7 · 3 min read

Los Angeles, the “city of dreamers and doers that embraces tomorrow”, has launched its Green New Deal.

By Robert C. Brears

Los Angeles’ Green New Deal will guide the city’s transition towards an equitable and abundant economy powered by 100% renewable energy, while at the same time supporting the creation of green jobs in all of its communities.

A resilient, smart water future

With climate change leading to more extreme and less predictable weather, The Green New Deal’s goal is for Los Angeles to become a leader in water conservation and smart water policy.

The city will accelerate its goals for water supply and quality, including recycling all its wastewater, fully utilizing groundwater capture, cleaning stormwater runoff, and continuing the trend of using less water per capita to reflect that conservation is a California way of life. All these efforts will lead to the city achieving its ambitious goals of:

  • Sourcing 70% of water locally by 2035
  • Recycling 100% of all wastewater for beneficial use by 2035
  • Building at least 10 new multi-benefit stormwater capture projects by 2025; 100 by 2035; and 200 by 2050
  • Reducing potable water use per capita by 22.5% by 2025; 25% by 2035; and maintaining or reducing 2035 per capita water use through 2050
  • Installing or refurbishing hydration stations at 200 sites, prioritizing municipally-owned buildings and public properties such as parks by 2035

Green economy benefits

Some of the benefits of meeting the water targets of the Green New Deal include:

  • Building multi-benefit stormwater projects by 2050 will support the creation of 18,000 jobs
  • Transforming the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant by 2035 will support 6,500 jobs
  • Reaching the 2035 water conservation target will save the amount of water used by 330,000 households

Multi-benefit stormwater project: 103rd Street Green Improvement Project

The 103rd Street Green Improvement Project is one example of the multi-benefit stormwater projects that will be initiated across Los Angeles. The project will add ecological infrastructure components to a 0.25 mile-long road rehabilitation project. The green improvements, including bioswales, low impact development, and porous concrete, along the road and adjacent parking areas, will capture and use urban runoff and stormwater. The collected water will help offset drought conditions as well as improve water quality in downstream waterways such as Compton Creek and the Los Angeles River. The project is currently in its design phase with construction starting this year and completion set for 2020.

The take-out

Having a climate-resilient city, driven by smart policies, is the deal of the century.

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Robert is the author of Urban Water Security (Wiley) and Founder of Our Future Water

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