Why This Blog?

Why blog?  For the same reason that a castaway stranded on a desert island spells out SOS in palm fronds. I’m blogging with the hope that someone might read what I have to say and be inspired to do something.  Since I first started working at Heal the Bay 20 years ago, newspaper media has been experiencing a slow and painful death.  The first casualty was the Herald Examiner, followed by The Outlook, The Reader, and now the cutbacks at the Los Angeles Times. Now, it remains a challenge to get a newspaper to run an investigative piece on the regional environment in L.A., let alone cover the day to day decisions that continue to erode our local quality of life.

So I’m doing what millions have done before me.  I started a blog.  I’m spouting off on many water and environmental issues that just aren’t covered much anywhere else. After so long in the business of environmental protection, my frustration has reached a boiling point.  Heal the Bay has helped accomplish some incredible environmental improvements over the years and there is no doubt that the Bay is  lot better off than it was in the mid 80s when we started.  However, the same can’t be said for California’s water quality, water and wastewater infrastructure, and the state of water supply. 

I’ll write about all of these issues and more.  I may slip in a few too many acronyms (get ready for the alphabet soup that is the RWQCB, TMDLs, SWRCB, NPDES permits, POTWs, MPAs, ASBS, LID and more) and I may be far too nerdy for the typical reader, but I guarantee that I’ll give you a candid (albeit cynical) assessment of the current world of water and other environmental issues.

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8 Responses

  1. Fantastic blog! I’ll check back often.

  2. Mark,

    It took me awhile, but I found your blog.
    I hope to find some ideas here for news reports.

    John Brooks Reporter: KFWB-KNX

  3. Hi,

    I don’t know exactly where to put this or where I may able to share this, but I have an example of “greenwashing” by a prominent L.A. property management company who announced recently that it is “going green,” yet telling tenants to get rid of plants.

    Any suggestions?

    Zach

  4. What great news this is! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and insight.

  5. Fantastic blog, Mark! I’ll check back often…

  6. Great work Mark. Your level of expertise and candidness provides a reliable insight on “real” water issues in the region and the state. Go Señor Oro.

    Miguel

  7. Preach it, Mark.

  8. I LOVE THIS! THIS IS WHAT I NEED TO STAY INFORMED AND GET A LITTLE OF MARK GOLD CYNICISM (AND BRILLIANCE) WHEN EVER I WANT IT! HURRAY!!!!

    CONGRATULATIONS ON 20 YEARS OF A JOB WELL DONE! KEEP IT UP. YOU’RE JUST STARTING TO GET A GROOVE ON!

    XO LUANN

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