The Daily Overview: “Cadiz Ranch in Essex, California is located in the middle of the Mojave Desert. The organic farm grows lemons, table grapes (dried and turned into raisins) and squash on more than 300 acres of irrigated desert. This is made possible by seven wells that pump 2,000 gallons of water per minute at all times from an underground aquifer – a layer of water-bearing permeable rock from which water can be extracted.”

Water in Early Los Angeles:Because of its fast growth (from 5,728 in 1870 to 102,479 by 1900), the City of Los Angeles faced a serious water shortage. The new municipal Water Department, under the leadership of William Mulholland, began enlarging the Los Angeles River system. Greater storage capacity was provided to conserve a large portion of the river’s flow especially for use during dry periods. And the construction of new reservoirs and distribution mains provided added capacity and efficiency for the city’s water works system.” Sound familiar?

Take a Look Around Facebook’s Huge New Los Angeles Office: CurbedLA offers a glimpse of what Facebook’s 35,000K Playa Vista’s Playa Jefferson future digs might look like, a project AHBE Landscape had a hand in with architectural firm, Gensler.

Methane Is Leaking All Over The Place: It’s not just Porter Ranch. Methane leakage is a nationwide problem that needs monitoring: “The Environmental Defense Fund, Colorado State University and several utility companies have partnered with Google to do similar work, using Google Street View cars to map methane leaks in cities. In Boston and in Staten Island, New York, these cars found an average of one leak for every mile that they drove.”

NPS: The Mostest American Treasures: On August 26, Americans will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Members and friends of ASLA can feel especially proud, as the society, along with the American Civic Association, was instrumental in the passage of the National Park Service Organic Act, which established the agency, in 1916. Today there are 59 national parks, sublime wedges of paradise where time seems to stand still. To begin the centenary year at LAM, we’ve gone to extremes to find parks with superlative qualities as a reminder of the awe the parks inspire.


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