Archive for 2009

Listen to the Rainwater Harvesting Podcast

The Homegrown Evolution blog, kicked off its very fist podcast with a story about the LA Rainwater Harvesting program! Erik Knutzen interviews Wing Tam (LA Stormwater) about the program in the second half of the podcast. The show is concluded with a reaction to the Rainwater Harvesting program from Joe Linton (LA Creek Freak blog).…

LA Rainwater Harvesting Program Generating Community Action and Buzz

The good news keeps on coming! We’ve had over 300 people who have submitted LA Rainwater Harvesting applications thus far and those sign-ups are currently being reviewed for eligibility. The installation stage (where we hook up free rain barrels, reroute downspouts or install free planter boxes) is slated to begin early September. We want to…

California Beach Pollution Still on the Rise

Information taken from LA Times article: California beaches face a rising tide of pollution, study finds by: Amy Littlefield The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) reports a 4% increase in beach pollution violations from 2007-2008. According to the NRDC report, which collects data through the Environmental Protection Agency, 10% of water samples at California beaches…

Are You Eligible for the FREE Rainwater Harvesting Program?

What’s the Rainwater Harvesting Program? Earlier this month, the Stormwater Program rolled out the City’s first Rainwater Harvesting pilot program that will provide free assistance to residents and commercial businesses willing to collect rainwater for storage and use for their private property irrigation. The program aims to reduce the polluted rainwater that goes into the…

Mandatory Water Conservation Hits Los Angeles

Southern California is facing a water supply shortage for the third year in a row. Most of Los Angeles’ water supplies are imported and the sources of this water are greatly impacted by drought and regulatory restrictions. As a result, the City of Los Angeles is calling for drastic water conservation. Due to this water…

Rainwater Gets a Second Chance

Planning efforts for the Proposition O funded Westside Park Rainwater Irrigation Project are currently underway and runoff from 3,700 acres of land adjacent to South Fairfax Avenue will be targeted in an effort to reduce stormwater pollution that currently flows into Ballona Creek and Santa Monica Bay. Once completed this project will help to reduce…

Stormwater Pollution During a Summer Drought? You Betcha…

As the heat rolls into Los Angeles and California enters another period of drought, you may be wondering why stormwater pollution is even an issue during these dry summer months. If there is no rain then there is no urban runoff, right? Well, not exactly. It’s true that the rainy months in our area increase…

LA Rainwater Harvesting Program Debut: A Huge Success

Yesterday, the LA Stormwater Team attended Mar Vista’s Wise Water Expo to start collecting sign-ups for the City’s new Rainwater Harvesting Program. The program offers eligible residents and businesses free installation and materials of rain capture systems. The City either provides rain barrels for on-site irrigation or disconnects downspouts to allow for direct watering routes…

Mar Vista Rec Center Groundbreaking Ceremony and Open House

Join us for a groundbreaking ceremony, celebrating the kickoff of the Mar Vista Rec Center construction. Thursday, July 23, 2009 Open house – 10 a.m. Groundbreaking ceremony – 11 a.m. East side of the Mar Vista Recreation Center on the 3400 block of Sawtelle Boulevard between Rose Avenue and Palms Boulevard. This project will divert…

Two Upcoming Public Meetings to Discuss City Restoration Efforts

1. Proposition O Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting Wednesday July 15, 2009 2:00 p.m. City Hall East, 15th Floor Room 1500 200 North Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 Projects discussed will include: Inner Cabrillo Beach Bacterial Water Quality Improvement project Westchester Stormwater BMP project Allocation of available Prop O funds For more information, visit www.lapropo.org…

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