Residents voice concern over Lamont’s wastewater plan

Researchers met with members of the public to discuss the potential impact of a proposed plan by the Lamont Public Utilities District to handle the area’s wastewater. Residents voiced concerns about how to ensure the area’s drinking water remain free of pesticide contaminants, and the possibility of further degrading of local air quality—already a big concern for Lamont residents—resulting from wastewater vapors […]

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Students breathe easier at Ramona Gardens school

A new indoor air filtration system was installed in Murchison Elementary School over the summer to reduce the levels of outdoor pollutants inside classrooms. Students are regularly exposed to contaminants from a nearby freeway, an industrial zone and a rail line, all high-impact pollution sources. A 2012 Boyle Heights Beat story reported that children living in the zip code that includes Ramona […]

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Three years after the Chevron refinery fire

On the three-year anniversary of the last big Chevron refinery fire, city officials, community leaders and residents gathered to recollect their memories of that day, and to remind each other that keeping the city safe from environmental menace is an ongoing challenge. “This is a history we cannot forget. We learned that it could’ve been prevented but it wasn’t.” Tania Pulido, a youth journalist […]

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How I learned to stop littering and start composting

Ronvel Sharper’s teachers at Richmond High challenged him both academically and as a citizen of Richmond. They encouraged him to join Y-PLAN (for Youth — Plan, Learn, Act, Now!). The program engages teens in city planning projects and gives them an opportunity to research and present their ideas to city officials. “I learned that environmental sustainability is about […]

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Cal State assists communities with aquaponics

Environmental Studies teachers and students from California State University, Sacramento, are sharing their aquaponics program with the local community. Aquaponics combines aquaculture — in which aquatic organisms produce waste that becomes nutrients for plants — and hydroponics, where soil is replaced by water in plant growth. The program is a teaching tool to demonstrate principles of sustainability, wherein waste management and production are linked with energy and […]

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Integral ecology: social and economic gaps shape environmental woes

Seven out of ten Californians live in counties with bad air quality and three million people in the state suffer from asthma, according to an environmental advocate who spoke at a recent event in Fresno. How does the condition of air and water relate to social structures? State representatives who want to do something about Fresno’s pollution problem just returned […]

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Navigating Boyle Heights isn’t easy for the disabled

Residents with physical disabilities may soon see improvements on the uneven and badly cracked sidewalks in their neighborhoods. A victorious lawsuit on behalf of a quarter million disabled city residents claimed the city was in violation of the American With Disabilities Act; the court ordered the city to allocate funds to mend broken sidewalks all over Los Angeles. “The ADA says people […]

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