The Desert Sun Editorial Board 5:31 p.m. PST March 3, 2015
Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia is pressing the fight to clean up the New River.
The Coachella Democrat’s Assembly Bill 965 would require state officials to do a better job of funding and implementing the New River Improvement Project strategic plan, a 2011 document on cleanup possibilities for the waterway long viewed as among the most polluted in America.
Since at least the mid-1900s, the New River has been a repository of raw or under-treated sewage, fecal coliform bacteria, heavy metals like selenium and arsenic, and pesticides such as DDT and PCBs. Bacteria that can cause tuberculosis, encephalitis and typhoid thrive in the flow.