Bill to Increase Access to Drought-Proof Water in OC Becomes Law

SACRAMENTO— Assembly Bill 1752, authored by Assemblywoman Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach), ensures access to state bond and revolving funds to assist in the construction of the Doheny Ocean Desalination Project, which will provide drought-proof, local drinking water. This project will significantly enhance local water supplies while reducing the region’s 90% reliance on imported water.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Political Landscape: Governor signs Petrie-Norris bill that will invest in projects to combat sea-level rise

Excerpted from Los Angeles Times

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill from Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (D-Laguna Beach) that will invest in ecofriendly infrastructure projects designed to protect coastal communities from sea-level rise.

Assembly Bill 65 will support projects such as adding kelp and sea grass to protect against greater wave impacts, shoring up land marshes and restoring natural ecosystems.

NBC: New Wildfire Path-Predicting Tech Updates First Responders in Real-Time

Excerpted from NBC San Diego

By Lexie Michel

As the Santa Ana winds roll in, fighting fires quickly and efficiently is of the utmost importance. San Diego may soon benefit from a new program helping firefighters on the ground make informed decisions.

Orange County Fire Authority launched its new Fire Integrated Real-Time Intelligence System (FIRIS) on Sept. 1 and has been flying successful pilot missions of the new tool.

KABC: Pilot program may change how firefighters combat wildfires in SoCal

Excerpted from abc7

By Jessica De Nova

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (KABC) -- Leaders in the Southern California firefighter community demonstrated a tool they say could be the future of wildfire combat during a press conference Monday.

The Fire Integrated Real Time Intelligence System (FIRIS) is a 150-day pilot program funded with $4.5 million from a state grant secured by Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris.

 

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