Archive for 2010

Going Green with Parkways!

  L.A.’s Board of Public Works recently made it a bit easier to go green! That’s right, last month the Board voted on new rules that will allow homeowners in the city to plant drought tolerant turf and ground cover without having to obtain a permit. This means less water use, which means not only…

November Stormwater Events: A Bountiful Month of Environmental Fun

Fall is in full swing and there is no better time to lend a few hours to better our environment! There are a lot of great opportunities this month to lend a few hours and also some great events you won’t want to miss. Volunteering is like Thanksgiving every day! So come on out! >Have…

LA Stormwater Projects Map

Seeing is believing. So take a virtual tour of the LA Stormwater Program’s major past, present and future water improvement projects around the LA River watershed. There is sure to be at least one near you if you live in the area, so click on the map and explore these cool projects. To learn more about…

The Los Angeles River: An Original Hollywood Star

Tarzan paddled along its willowed banks in movies of the 1930s. The Moderne arches of its 6th Street bridge provided a gritty backdrop for the race scene in Grease. Terminators raced through its concreted channels in Terminator 2. Ever since Hollywood found its home here in Los Angeles back at the turn of the 20th…

“Going Green” with Gravity

Here in the City of Los Angeles’ Stormwater Program, we talk a lot about clean water being a team effort. From city-sponsored projects to local residents and businesses, we stress the importance of everyone pitching in to attain the goal of clean water in our local rivers, creeks, lakes and beaches. So, you can imagine…

Low Impact Development Ordinance Meeting on November 4 at 1:30p.m.

Dear Clean Water Supporter, We invite you to attend a Low Impact Development (LID) Ordinance Stakeholder Meeting. The meeting details are as follows: Date: Thursday, November 4, 2010 Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Location: City of Los Angeles, Bureau of Sanitation, Media Technical Center, 2714 Media Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90065, Upstairs Training…

A Forgotten Creek Will Lead the Way

For nearly half a century, the North Atwater Creek has been all but forgotten. Set in the Glendale-Narrows portion of the Los Angeles River, this natural creek has become overgrown with non-native grasses and invasive exotic species such as the Mediterranean Castor oil plant. A man-made creek, the soil in its unstable banks is contaminated…

Friends of the LA River: Interview with Shelly Backlar

Shelly Backlar is the executive director of the not-for-profit Friends of the LA River (FoLAR), an advocacy group that promotes the restoration and revitalization of the river. She recently spoke with LA Stormwater about FoLAR and some of the issues they are currently tackling. When and why was the Friends of the LA River (FoLAR)…

Our Fave 5 Facts about the LA River

We all know what it is, where it is and most of us even know what it does. It’s in the background of our city, but in many ways it’s the heart of LA. It flows through our communities and to the ocean we all enjoy and love. It’s none other than the Los Angeles…

Monthly Events: Be an Eco-Champion this October!

The heat wave is behind us. That means one less excuse for not getting out into the sunshine for a day of eco volunteering. Below are a few great opportunities to build community and help make our city a bit more green. >On Thursday, October 7th, come out to Park Work Day in Beverly Hills…

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