Long Beach is groovy

Posted on | April 20, 2011 | No Comments

If Los Angeles Department of Water & Power buildings were landscaped like the people inside believed in water conservation, Southern California would be a far better place. We residents have a way to go for that, unless you live in a city as progressive as Long Beach, whose water department, headquarters pictured above, walks its talk about outdoor water conservation.

As if further proof were needed that Long Beach is groovy, this week the City College is holding a sale of many drought tolerant plants, co-sponsored by the Water Department. Add to this, the Los Angeles Times has a dispatch from Jeff Spurrier about a thriving urban garden there.

Maybe it’s the city’s proximity to the Pacific, or simply that Long Beach selects for sanity, but unlike just about every other water agency in the region, Long Beach Water Department also gives a damn about fish.

That is reflected in ways fish can appreciate by the department’s moving a year before the City of Los Angeles to relax pressure on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta when emergency pumping restrictions were put in place to protect migrating smelt, sturgeon and salmon. It’s reflected in ways that people can appreciate in its lobby. See the framed drawing above.

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