Opinion/Editorials

Opinion/Editorials

We would surmise that even Eduardo Garcia’s detractors would concede he’s a bundle of energy. Those who meet him for even the briefest of moments will no doubt see he has vigor to spare.

Garcia is the state assemblyman representing Imperial County and parts of Riverside County. In his first year in the Assembly, the former Coachella mayor had 16 pieces of legislation passed by the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Opinion/Editorials

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.