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LA Emergency Contact Numbers

When a storm strikes, one of the most important things to know is who to call for help. Whether you want to report a flooded street or receive updates on storm-related news, the City of Los Angeles has a number you can call for information. For life-threatening emergencies, always call 911 first. For other issues,…

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How Eco-Friendly is Your Home?

Celebrate this season of new beginnings and fresh starts by giving your home a quick eco-audit. Take this quiz to gauge how green your home is and learn a few easy ways you can lower your energy, water and waste.   Everyone who completes the quiz can enter into our random drawing for a $25 Home Depot…

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The State of Stormwater 2016

As California enters its fifth year of severe drought, it’s a good time to take stock of the progress Los Angeles has made in building a brighter water future. Here’s a look at some of the latest strides the City has made to strengthen our relationship with stormwater: Stormwater-Capturing Projects From green streets to pocket…

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Protect Your Pet during El Niño

When it’s raining cats and dogs, keep your pets safe and stress-free with these wet-weather tips: Walk smart. Whenever possible, schedule your dog’s walks around the day’s forecast. If you need to head out during a downpour, seek out tree-lined streets or covered areas to avoid getting drenched. Be visible. Dark, stormy conditions can seriously…

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Tons of Trash Kept from LA Waters

When it comes to trash, less is usually more. That is unless you are cleaning litter and debris from more than 30,000 catch basins in the City of Los Angeles. Then the sky’s the limit. In the last fiscal year, LA Sanitation removed a whopping 2,160 tons of trash from LA’s catch basins. In those…

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Q: Should all electronics be recycled?

A: Yes—if you can’t donate them. The first thing to do with e-waste—a common name for all of those unwanted TVs, computers, phones, VCRs and other electronics—is to see if someone else might want them. Schools, libraries and charitable organizations like Goodwill and the Salvation Army may take newer models in good working condition. If…


Setting a Green(er) Thanksgiving Table

As you begin to plan for Thanksgiving dinner, how will you set your table this year? Paper plates and plasticware? Or reusable plates and utensils? Although you might think that using paper plates will save water, the production and afterlife of those plates actually use more water (as well as create additional landfill waste and…

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7 Ways LA is Ready for El Niño

El Niño is coming, and if predictions are correct, Los Angeles could get more than of 30 inches of rain in the next twelve months. That would make it the rainiest season since El Niño tracking began in the 1950s. For our drought-stricken Southland, the prospect of rain is great news. However, rain in Los…

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10 Ways to Weather El Niño

With California battling its fourth year of severe drought, it’s no wonder the prospect of an El Niño rainy season gets us excited. If current predictions are correct, LA could get more than 30 inches of rain in the next 12 months! Unfortunately, all of that rainfall will likely bring flooding and mudslides, as well as…

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LA’s Historic Storms [Slideshow]

El Niño tracking didn’t begin until the 1950s, but Los Angeles has weathered a long history of epic storms and devastating floods. The following two slideshows cover more than 130 years of LA storms from the pre-channelization of the LA River to the previous El Niño in 1997 and the soggy rainy season of 2010. 1880-1959 From 1880-1938, flooding…

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