#ThisWeekInData September 9, 2022

TIMES OF SAN DIEGO: City Street Sweepers to Change Up Routes, Frequency Beginning Thursday

The San Diego Stormwater Department, after analyzing years of data on waterway and ocean pollution, are implementing new routes and frequencies in order to best prevent trash from reaching the ocean. The street sweepers cover 61,000 miles annually, removing over 200,000 pounds of trash, and the new collection measures will ensure cleaner oceans and beaches for residents. 

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: A Growing Drinking Water Crisis Threatens American Cities and Towns

The current water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi is affecting 150,000 people and, according to a new study of national data from 17,900 water utilities, is a signal of deeper issues across the country’s drinking-water systems. In this article, researchers discuss ways to incorporate digital technologies and sensors to monitor and treat contaminated water and prevent dangerous water crises.        

SF.GOV: San Francisco activates heat mapping effort as city prepares for heat 

As California experiences extreme heat waves, volunteers in San Francisco are working with city leaders on the Urban Heat Watch program, collecting and mapping temperature data across the city. The on-the-ground data helps show exactly where heat is most extreme and how this interplays with racial inequities and infrastructure. 

The New York Times: How the Pandemic Shortened Life Expectancy in Indigenous Communities

Data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined the extreme and disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Native American/Alaska Native populations, including a shocking drop in life expectancy since 2020 — more than six years according to the most recent national data. There are several contributing factors including high rates of poverty, pre-existing health conditions, lack of sanitation infrastructure, and the underfunded Indian Health Service. 

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