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Kids Ocean Day Makes History

Kids Ocean Day 2015 was one for the history books. Every year, the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education brings thousands of Los Angeles school children, parents and teachers to Dockweiler State Beach for a massive clean-up and aerial art formation.  It is the culmination of a year-long school education program that teaches kids the power…


Saving Lots of Drops

In this environment of drought and climate change, creating and building projects that will capture rainwater in LA’s impervious communities is a challenge that we must meet. The Southern California Water Replenishment District estimates that in a single year alone, Los Angeles loses 58 trillion gallons of water to the ocean because of its paved…

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aLA Natural Contest

We think Mother Nature has the best green thumb. That’s why we prefer to let her work her magic in the garden instead of using toxic pesticides and fertilizers. Tell us your best all natural gardening tip and we’ll send you a free LA Stormwater recycled cotton tote, which can hold gardening tools or groceries. You’ll…

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Freebies from the City

Living in Los Angeles isn’t cheap. But not everything has to break the bank. The next time you’re watching the numbers rack up at the gas pump, just think about the following free stuff Los Angeles residents can get from the City of LA. Not only are these no cost programs simple to use, they…

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LA’s Best Water-Wise Gardens

Replace the toilet with a low-flow model: check. Install aerators on all of the faucets: done. Lower those showers to 5 minutes: who needs more time than that? Now that many of us have become water-saving warriors inside the house, it’s time to tackle the next drought-fighting frontier—outside in the yard. A growing number of…


Avalon Alleys To Become Green Allies

South Los Angeles has the challenge of being one of the most green-space-challenged areas in Southern California. The Avalon Green Alley Network Project is working to change that by transforming often unsafe and polluted alleyways into new community green spaces.  The project will work to create walkable and bikeable thoroughfares that incorporate stormwater low impact…


The Ocean Waves “Happy Spring!”

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Exploring Southern California tide pools is one of my favorite pastimes. I love gazing into the shallow water and peering under rocks searching for the Pacific’s shoreline residents. My son, a nature enthusiast as well, enjoys keeping an ongoing tally of all the sea creatures we come across when we…

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First-Time Rain Barrel Owner [Interview]

Jan Flor had never given much thought to owning a rain barrel. But when she heard in November 2014 that Keep Los Angeles Beautiful was giving away free 55-gallon rain barrels that had been repurposed from Coca-Cola corn syrup tubs, she rushed to sign up. “I thought, Wow, this would be a really easy way…


Wandering LA’s Wetlands

Monday, February 2 was World Wetlands Day, which got us thinking how much we love LA’s wetlands. A haven for a wide variety of wildlife and plants, wetlands also help filter, clean and store water. When it rains, they act like a big sponge, soaking up water and preventing flooding. They’re also a great place…

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Make One Change for Water Contest

We like to think we’re a pretty determined bunch at LA Stormwater. But we’ve been guilty of making a laundry list of resolutions on New Year’s Day only to forget the whole lot by mid-January. Not this year. For 2015, we’ve whittled it down to one simple water-friendly change we want to practice for the next…

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