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Eco-Tips for Your Holiday Kitchen

The holidays are here, which means many of us will be spending hours (or perhaps days!) in the kitchen, prepping for and preparing festive meals for our family and friends. Even in your kitchen, you can adopt simple good housekeeping practices that will protect our local rivers, creeks, lakes and bays from pollutants by keeping…

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Capturing Opportunities

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater “Mom, what does a rain barrel look like? I want to make one and catch some rain!” stated my 7-year old son as the rain began to fall earlier this week. He proceeded to get out his Legos and “build” a very colorful rain barrel. Granted his rain barrel ended…

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Thankful for Friends

by Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Earlier this month, we here at LA Stormwater had a Best Friends-themed weekend in more ways than one. Two of our staff members attended the NKLA Best Friends Super Adoption at the La Brea Tar Pits, distributing free dog waste bag canisters and tip cards to potential dog adopters. That…

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Proposition O Turns 10!

A decade ago, on November 2, 2004, an overwhelming majority (76%) of Los Angeles residents passed a $500 million water bond known as Proposition O. We didn’t know it then, but it would turn out to be a proactive move.  Back in 2004, most people weren’t thinking about a drought like we are today. In…

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Cashing In On Water Conservation Rebates

When Mayor Eric Garcetti challenged Los Angeles residents, businesses and city agencies to cut their water use by 20% this October, our first thought was Yipee! Los Angeles needs more conservation for sure. According to the latest tally, Southern California has dropped its water use by just 1.7%. Compare that to the statewide drop (7.5%)…

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Solve the Stormwater Stumper

Caring about our local creeks, rivers and ocean may be a no-brainer. But that doesn’t mean you don’t need to challenge your noggin every once and a while. Solve our Stormwater Stumper by telling us what we’re describing in the riddle below. If you get it right, we’ll send you a stylish LA Stormwater organic cotton…

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5 Things to Know About California’s Plastic Bag Ban

The last days of August were a nail biter at LA Stormwater. An epic battle to ban single-use plastic bags from grocery stores throughout California was raging in the state Assembly—just days before the close of the 2014 legislative session. If Senate Bill 270 passed, California would become the first state in the country to…

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Discovery Cube Los Angeles To Open November 13

You climb aboard a helicopter that virtually whisks you up and away, magically flying you over and under the San Fernando Valley exploring Los Angeles’ complex water recycling and treatment system.  You enter the Aquavator, an elevator that uses virtual reality magic to plunge you hundreds of feet into the earth where you learn about underground…

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3 Ways to Build a Beautiful Native Garden

Autumn is the perfect season to start a native garden. The soil is still warm, which helps the root system of young plants grow healthy and strong, and the outdoor temperature turns cooler, putting less stress on the new plantings. And fall is water-wise. Shorter days, milder temperatures and (knock on wood) the occasional rain…

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Rory M. Shaw Wetlands Park Breaks Ground

Officials from the City and County of Los Angeles, along with local residents, community groups and family members of the late Rory M. Shaw, gathered on September 20 at the future site of the Rory M. Shaw Wetlands Park to break ground on this Sun Valley watershed project.  The Sun Valley Watershed – Rory M.…

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