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Among Dr. Gold's current evidence-to-impact activities is a large research project with the city of Los Angeles aimed at maximizing integrated water management in the city through multi-benefit initiatives such as enhancing water recycling, and increasing stormwater capture, infiltration and reuse.
Combining his scientific background with a problem-solving approach, Dr. Gold has had a major impact on environmental policy. His research on pathogens and pathogen indicators in urban runoff and the health risks to swimmers in runoff-contaminated waters led to California adopting the nation’s toughest beach water quality standards and creating and funding the over $100 million Clean Beach Initiative to help clean up the state’s most polluted beaches. Also, he created the Heal the Bay Beach Report Card which grades over 500 beaches on the west coast weekly based on fecal indicator bacteria densities in the water.
Thanks to the efforts of Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Bay water quality and marine ecology have improved dramatically.