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A Sacramento Superior Court judge has OK’d what is said to be the nation’s largest ever sale of water from farms to cities, granting the wish of farmers from California’s Imperial Valley to sell some of their allotment of the Colorado River’s flow to increasingly thirsty San Diego County, the Los Angeles Times reports.Judge Lloyd Connelly this week affirmed his tentative ruling from June upholding the deal between the Imperial Valley Irrigation District—which controls the lion’s share of the state’s allotment from the Colorado River—and San Diego. The Imperial County Board of Supervisors, the county’s Air Pollution District, environmentalists and others had battled the deal, which stemmed from an agreement struck in 2003, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported when the case was argued last fall.San Diego has been eager to get a more reliable water source and to be independent of the Los Angeles-based wholesaler, the Metropolitan Water … [Read more...] about Judge OKs big sale of water from farmers to San Diego County
If plans for a 300-unit apartment complex just north of Interstate 94 in Lake Elmo are approved, it will be the biggest in the city. The city’s planning commission approved the Springs Apartment proposal Monday, and the city council is expected to consider it March 5. Continental 483 Fund LLC plans to build on 17 acres northeast of Interstate 94 and Keats Avenue, along Hudson Boulevard. The complex would be enclosed by a fence, allowing residents access through a single entry point. Plans call for 15 buildings of 20 units each. The two-story apartments would be various sizes and would include 120 one-bedroom and 120 two-bedroom units. The complex would have eight detached garage buildings, plus 120 open garage spaces. The clubhouse area would include a fitness center, outdoor pool and two pet playgrounds. City administrator Kristina Handt said that in 2017 the company proposed a similar project on a different plot of land, but the council rejected the proposal. The Menomonee … [Read more...] about 300-unit apartment complex planned for Lake Elmo. It would be the biggest in the city.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today it has selected six cities for technical assistance with sustainable design strategies under its Greening America’s Communities (GAC) program. The 2016 cities chosen for assistance are: Columbia, SC; Brownsville, TX; Oklahoma City, OK; Muscatine, IA; Honolulu, HI; and Multnomah County, OR.“EPA is excited to roll up our sleeves and start working with the next round of cities through Greening America’s Communities,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “This program is another example of EPA making a visible difference in communities—helping build healthy, vibrant neighborhoods and stronger local economies centered on environmental sustainability.”In the coming months, EPA will fund a team of designers to visit each selected city to create designs that will support a larger planning and implementation process for a pilot area. Through the Greening America’s Communities program, … [Read more...] about U.S. EPA to Help Six Communities Develop Sustainable Design Strategies
Denver has set out ambitious plans to add bike lanes along streets and make the increasingly urban city more walkable, but a coalition of advocates called Tuesday for officials to commit far more money to the cause. How much? The Denver Streets Partnership says it would take $40 million a year over the next two decades to fix sidewalk gaps, create more safe street crossings and build out a robust bikeways network. This year, the coalition says, Denver has budgeted just $5 million for bike- and pedestrian-friendly projects. According to its research, that compares to $15 million in El Paso, $25 million in Oklahoma City and $30 million in Seattle, among other examples. The group’s unveiling Tuesday of a report pushing for a rapid acceleration of spending on such projects — starting with $21 million next year — is timed to precede the rollout of Mayor Michael Hancock’s proposed 2019 city budget, expected in the coming months. In an interview after a news … [Read more...] about Bike and pedestrian advocates ramp up pressure for Denver to drastically increase spending on projects