Santa Monica opens water reuse project at Los Amigos Park

first_imgHomeNewsSanta Monica opens water reuse project at Los Amigos Park May. 24, 2017 at 6:55 amNewsSanta Monica opens water reuse project at Los Amigos ParkMarina Andalon4 years agocity engineereducationenvironmentlos amigos parkLos Amigos Park Storm Water Harvesting and Direct Use Demonstration ProjectRick ValteSanta MonicawaterMayor Ted Winterer with city leaders and officials at Los Amigos Park  On May 23, the City officially opened the Los Amigos Park Storm Water Harvesting and Direct Use Demonstration Project.Officials said the project is another way for the City to maintain the strong environmental commitment within the community while helping move the city toward water conservation, water self-sufficiency and reduced water usage.The project is located within John Muir Elementary School and was collaborative effort between the City of Santa Monica, the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.It will divert up to 550,000 gallons of water from the storm drainpipe that is adjacent to the Los Amigos Park for reuse. The project was undertaken by the City of Santa Monica to show the effectiveness of harvesting urban runoff for beneficial uses for locals and residents.“This project captures runoff from a 40-acre area in Ocean Park neighborhood, this project treats that runoff for distribution for irrigation and toilet flushing for the (Los Amigos) park,” said Rick Valte, City Engineer.The harvested urban runoff will replace indoor flushing and a portion of the irrigation demands, which were previously satisfied by potable water supplies.Valte said the direct harvest of wet and dry weather urban runoff will aide in the restoration and protection of Santa Monica Bay through the removal of potential pollutants that may be present.“This project saves more than half a million gallons of water every year. That’s almost 100 glasses of drinking water for every resident here in Santa Monica,” said Valte.Los Amigos is the first retrofit project to harvest offsite wet and dry weather runoff from an adjacent, existing storm drain.The ultimate goal of the project is to demonstrate the multiples benefits of the local water resource harvesting strategy to meet local water needs. To reduce the use of reliable, unsustainable and more expensive imported water, as well as to reduce water pollution to a local water body and help meet total maximum daily loads.Valte said, “Lastly this project is a testament to what collaboration to what a city, school district and water district can accomplish.”[email protected] :city engineereducationenvironmentlos amigos parkLos Amigos Park Storm Water Harvesting and Direct Use Demonstration ProjectRick ValteSanta Monicawatershare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentMarina Andalonview all postsAncient Tourists, Modern TerrorManchester terror attack raises concerns for TCSYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall11 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter22 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor22 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press22 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson22 hours agolast_img read more

Report Shows Alaska Suicide Rate On The Rise

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska has consistently had one of the highest suicide rates in the nation since the National Violent Death Reporting System began in 2003, and the incidence of suicide in Alaska has increased considerably in recent years. The state Department of Health and Social Services released an information bulletin stating that 1,103 people killed themselves between 2012-17. The highest rates by sex and age were among males aged 20–24 years and 70–74 years and females aged 20–24 years. The highest rates by race were among American Indian/Alaska Native. The bulletin was accompanied by an additional Suicide Toxicology Report for 2015-17, which outlined  toxicology testing for alcohol, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, cocaine, marijuana, and opiates on all suicide decedents for whom specimens could be collected. During that time frame Alaska’s suicide rate was either the first or second highest in the nation. Suicide was the leading cause of death among Alaskans aged 10–64 years and is the sixth leading cause of death overall in the state, according to the bulletin.center_img Prior to 2015 a suicide toxicology report was not conducted unless it was deemed necessary to establish or support cause and manner of death. If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can: call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Of the 597 suicide deaths during 2015–2017, 94% included toxicology testing results. Of the 562 decedents who were tested, 70% were positive for alcohol or drugs.last_img read more