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David Beckman, NRDC alum, Los Angeles

David Beckman

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Water Scarcity Takes Center Stage

Posted May 4, 2012 by David Beckman

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I spent part of this week at the Milken Institute's 15th Annual Global Conference, billed by some as “Davos with Palm trees,” this year featuring a keynote by former President Bill Clinton.   The conference brings together movers and shakers in business,...continued

It's the Solution Hiding in Plain Sight

Posted February 15, 2012 by David Beckman

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It’s the solution hiding in plain sight. Every year, billions of gallons of rainwater fall on our roofs. We let most of it drain onto sidewalks, streets, and parking lots. As it rushes over paved landscapes, it picks up chemicals...continued

Honoring a Water Warrior in Southern California

Posted January 11, 2012 by David Beckman

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Mark Gold, a stalwart of Southern California’s environmental community, and someone who built the influential, Santa Monica-based non-profit, Heal the Bay, into a local powerhouse, announced yesterday that he’s leaving after 23 years to take a position as associate director...continued

Report: Cities Nationwide Using Green Techniques to Stop Water Pollution - EPA Should Take Note

Posted November 16, 2011 by David Beckman

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I live in California, and about the time each fall when we turn our clocks back to standard time many of us are hunting around our closets or car trunks looking for umbrellas we last saw in April.  It’s the...continued

Proven, Cost-Effective Solutions that Can Help Communities Reduce Flood Damage

Posted September 30, 2011 by David Beckman

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The flooding and punishing storms that ravaged so many communities this year have left their mark not only in water-logged basements but also in strained dams, cracked earthen levees, eroded riverbanks and many other systems we rely upon to manage...continued

Americans Towns and Cities Facing Water-Related Impacts of Climate Change

Posted August 30, 2011 by David Beckman

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Hurricane Irene capped off—we hope—four months of punishing weather across the country. From the flooding that ravaged the Mississippi River basin to the drought that scorched the Southwest to the heat wave that gripped most of the nation, this has...continued

EPA Tells It Like It Is on HR 2018--the Dirty Water Bill

Posted June 23, 2011 by David Beckman

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A number of my NRDC Water Program colleagues are blogging on HR 2018, reflecting its status as one of the worst dirty water bills any of us have seen.  NRDC’s Founding Director John Adams has now weighed in with a beautiful...continued

Time to Stop Attacks on the Clean Water Act and Protect Americans' Top Environmental Priority

Posted June 21, 2011 by David Beckman

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To quote Yogi Berra, “It’s déjà vu all over again.”  After spending much of the spring attacking the Clean Air Act, several lawmakers in the House have now set their sights on the Clean Water Act.  This latest onslaught puts...continued

Solutions for Shrinking the Dead Zone in the Aftermath of the Great Flood of 2011

Posted May 24, 2011 by David Beckman

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The Mississippi River Flood of 2011 has upended thousands of lives. Residents have seen their homes destroyed and farmers have seen their crops inundated. But the damage done by this flood isn’t limited to the length of the river. As...continued

EPA Steps Up Its Support for Green Infrastructure as Weapon against Polluted Stormwater

Posted May 6, 2011 by David Beckman

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In a few months, the EPA will release new draft rules aimed at reducing stormwater—one of the largest sources of pollution in America’s lakes, bays, and beaches. NRDC is pushing hard to have green roofs, pocket parks, rain gardens, and...continued

Though No Dirty Water Riders Passed, New Budget Slashes Funding for Water Protection

Posted April 19, 2011 by David Beckman

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Over the course of the grueling budget process, NRDC and our partners managed to beat back harmful policy riders that had little to do with cutting the deficit and everything to do with reducing environmental safeguards. Several would have threatened...continued

Test identifies potent toxin in Los Angeles fish die-off

Posted March 14, 2011 by David Beckman

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Scientists continue to investigate the mass die-off of fish in Southern California last week.  The LA Times reported over the weekend that some early claims of no evidence of toxic exposure were in error.   In fact, some of the million or...continued

Massive Fish Kill Raises Questions in Los Angeles

Posted March 8, 2011 by David Beckman

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There was a massive fish kill near Los Angeles, with the developing story reported on by the Los Angeles Times.   It’s too early to know exactly what happened, but one theory discussed in the Times piece is intriguing:  that the...continued

GOP Budget Takes Aim at The Environmental Issue Country Thinks Is Most Important

Posted February 17, 2011 by David Beckman

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The Republican budget proposal being debated in Congress right now would slash funding for many programs that safeguard public health and the environment.  These cuts and other outright bans on certain EPA activities would stop the agency from doing its job...continued

Cities Worry about Polluted Snow, But Routinely Let Dirty Rain Flow into Beaches

Posted February 10, 2011 by David Beckman

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The AP just ran a story about Eastern cities that have so much snow piling up they are thinking about dumping it into nearby rivers and harbors. Several city officials are concerned, however, about what the pollution in the snow...continued


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