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Los Angeles County’s Water Supply Analysis of Development Stands

April 6, 2020, 8:08 PM

Los Angeles County can move forward on plans to develop 2,000 acres along the Santa Clara River without conducting a new assessment of the project’s impact on local water supply, a California appeals court ruled.

Local environmental groups, led by Friends of the Santa Clara River, claimed previous assessments on the water supply’s impact, conducted in 2011, were no longer valid. A prolonged drought that began in 2011, in addition to a generally warming climate, undermine the initial environmental impact report’s projections, the groups said.

A court of appeals disagreed. An environmental impact report adequately recognized risks of climate change...

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