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Desalination Advances In Calif. Despite Opponents Pushing For Alternatives

"Environmentalists say desalination decimates ocean life, costs too much money and energy, and soon will be made obsolete by water recycling. But as Western states face an epic drought, regulators appear ready to approve a desalination plant in Huntington Beach, California."

Source: Reuters, 07/29/2021

Multiple Failures Found After Massive Sewage Spill Into Santa Monica Bay

"Multiple failures in communication between Los Angeles city and county agencies delayed crucial public warnings and a full emergency response to a massive sewage discharge earlier this month at the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant, according to a report obtained by The Times that was discussed Tuesday by county officials."

Source: LA Times, 07/29/2021

Beach Closures Offer Key to Bigger Water Pollution Stories

People all too often swim in waters whose pollution risks are far scarier — and far more real — than shark attacks. Yet little attention is paid to the environmental stories behind the beach closures such pollution can necessitate. TipSheet helps you dip your toe, with the backstory on the most common cause for these health risks, plus reporting resources.

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"Scorched, Parched and Now Uninsurable: Climate Change Hits Wine Country"

"Last September, a wildfire tore through one of Dario Sattui’s Napa Valley wineries, destroying millions of dollars in property and equipment, along with 9,000 cases of wine. November brought a second disaster: Mr. Sattui realized the precious crop of cabernet grapes that survived the fire had been ruined by the smoke. There would be no 2020 vintage."

Source: NYTimes, 07/20/2021
July 30, 2021

DEADLINE: Ocean + Climate Workshop Series — California Coast

The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources will conduct a virtual workshop on August 24-25, 2021 focused on the ocean and climate along the California coast, designed to help journalists explore ocean issues that are underreported in popular media. Deadline: July 30, 2021 at midnight MT (July 31, 2021 at 2:00 a.m. ET).

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