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Reduce Waste When Eating Out

Wrappers, cups, lids, straws: 50 percent of the litter on our streets is from fast food. This waste makes its way into storm drains and eventually into the ocean. In fact, in the central North Pacific Ocean, there is an area of trash called the Pacific trash vortex. Also labeled the Great Pacific garbage patch,…

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Pollution Solutions: Let’s Drive It Home!

It’s possible to lessen your environmental impact when driving your car by following these easy tips. As an added bonus, these tips will also help to reduce spending at the gas pump. Always have your wheels properly inflated. It is free to pump air into your tires at most gas stations and it only takes…


Ask LA Stormwater: Can I drain my pool water into the street?

A: Yes, but there are things to consider first. Draining your pool can wreak havoc on the environment if it’s not done properly. When poured down storm drains, chemical-laden pool water ultimately makes its way to local waterways, where it can kill off fish and seriously threaten water quality. The City of Los Angeles allows…

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Made in the Shade

June 21 is the official start of summer with the longest day of the year. While we often get moments of cloudiness with our “June gloom,” the summer sun can beat down and heat you up. During the drought, it’s especially important to care for the trees that provide us (and our city) with needed…


Green Grooming Tips for Your Pet

Sweltering summer temperatures can leave your pooch dirty and smelly. A cool bath can help beat the heat and make your pup clean and fresh. Keep in mind that grooming can unintentionally pollute our local waterways if runoff containing soap, flea chemicals, fur or waste runs into the storm drains. Follow these eco-friendly tips to…


New Broadway Stormwater Project Unveiled

Councilmember Curren Price Jr., representing the New 9th District, and other city officials unveiled the new Broadway Neighborhood Stormwater Greenway Project today at a ribbon cutting ceremony at Paradise Baptist Church in South Los Angeles. The project included the installation of a 417,000-gallon underground infiltration basin below the parking lot of Paradise Baptist Church. Four…


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…

Kids Ocean Day

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…


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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