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For Ballona’s Birds [SLIDESHOW]

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Smack dab in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles’ west side is Ballona Wetlands, a natural oasis for creatures of all different persuasions. When one visits the freshwater marsh portion of Ballona’s wetlands, as I did recently on a bright and blustery spring day, it is…

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Kids Ocean Day Dreams of a Litter-Free Ocean

It was a dreamy day at the 23rd annual Kids Ocean Day. Like in years past, more than 4,000 kids, teachers and volunteers scoured the sand at Dockweiler State Beach, picking up pieces of plastic and other litter, before forming an aerial art display. This year’s aerial art highlighted the diversity of the ocean by…

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An El Niño Post Mortem

When it comes to assessing El Niño 2016, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that reports from the Sierra suggest that, overall, California snowpack reached about 87 percent of the average. This means Northern California got close to the amount of water it normally receives, which helps replenish the past few…

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LA’s Clean Streets Goes High Tech

In an effort to keep more than 9,100 miles of Los Angeles streets and alley clean, Mayor Eric Garcetti recently announced the most comprehensive street-by-street cleanliness assessment system in the U.S. “CleanStat” will use dashcam video footage and GIS data to provide a block-by-block assessments of the entire city every three months. Modeled after LAPD’s…

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Top 5 Earth Day Celebrations in Los Angeles

Tragedy struck on January 28, 1969, just off the coast of Santa Barbara. When a pipe being extracted from an offshore drilling rig operated by Union Oil developed extreme pressure, it burst the well. A large volume of natural gas split the casing, caused cracks to form in the seafloor and three million gallons of…

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Manchester Neighborhood Greenway Opens

Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, District 8, city officials and local residents dedicated the new Manchester Neighborhood Greenway in South Los Angeles on March 17, 2016. The $650,000 project converted a neglected pedestrian pathway into a low-maintenance green walkway and features new native shade trees and drought-tolerant landscaping, a walkway of permeable pavers overlaying an infiltration basin,…

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Pollution Prevention Never Goes Out of Style

LA’s Fashion District has a few new stars this season. Sheathed in figure-slimming black, these newcomers sport sleek silhouettes and can be found in Santee Alley and the California Market Center showing off their fashion sense. The best part about LA’s newest addition is that they also make good environmental sense. The stars we’re talking…

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LA’s Latest Anti-Litter Action

Overflowing garbage cans are a serious blight on LA’s buzzing sidewalks, sending trash tumbling into the streets, which can lead to clogged  catch basins and polluted local waterways. But thanks to efforts in Council District 1—an area that includes Highland Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Chinatown and Pico Union—66 solar-powered trash compactors are now hitting litter…

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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.   Loading…

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