Archive for 2011

Working Together To Beautify LA

The City of Los Angeles, Board of Public Works, Office of Community Beautification (OCB) aims to “Keep Los Angeles Beautiful” and free of graffiti and litter.  To accomplish this, OCB provides graffiti removal services, clean up assistance and programs that empower the community to take action towards beautifying their neighborhood. OCB encourages residents and community…

Top 5 Stormwater Poems by You!

In our last LA Stormwater Newsletter issue we asked you to share your poetic words with us about clean water and environmental stewardship. The response we got was fantastic! It’s exciting to see that, not only do you read our newsletter and care about stormwater issues, but you are also such great wordsmiths! As a…

Community Empowerment Starts with You

By Ida Talalla Community is where my home is and my home is my community. I believe that community is an extension of ourselves and that the community’s environmental needs and public spaces are the collective responsibility of all who feel a connection to place. This civic responsibility drives Echo Park Trash Abatement Project (TAP),…

May(be) This is the Month You Volunteer?

It’s May! Do you know what that means? It means it’s time for you to pick up a shovel and plant a tree. Or something along those lines. Below is a list of events (some of which do not include manual labor) that perhaps will entice you to help green our City. >On Thursday, May…

Attend the 5/5 LID Meeting and Comment on the Handbook

Dear Clean Water Supporter: Much has happened since our previous Low Impact Development (LID) stakeholder meeting in January. We have completed the first draft of the LID Handbook and are pleased to provide it to you for your review and comment. Our staff has also been working with the City Attorney’s Office on finalizing the…

It’s Getting Personal

by Andy Lipkis, Founder and President, TreePeople If you live in L.A. you are responsible for the City’s water quality, water supply and flood safety. OK, maybe not all of it. But together, we are all urban watershed managers. Everything we drop on our driveways gets carried to our rivers, beaches and ocean. Every time…

Show Some Love for Earth Day: Volunteer, Record and Share!

There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day, but some of our favorites include giving a little back to Mother Nature by volunteering in our community. There are many fun eco-related events in Los Angeles, so be sure to check out our monthly calendar to find one near you!  With that said, do you plan…

LA Creek Freak Launches Interactive LA Watershed Map

Here at LA Stormwater we are big fans of the local LA Creek Freak blog, which is full of insightful and useful information about all things LA watershed related. You may remember our recent interview with Joe Linton of LA Creek Freak in the last issue of our LA Stormwater eNewsletter, in which he asked…

City Officials Unveil New & Sustainable LA Zoo Parking Lot

City Councilman Tom LaBonge, officials of the Los Angeles Zoo and the Department of Public Works, environmentalists and other community members celebrated today the completion of the Los Angeles Zoo Parking Lot project, in conjunction with the announcement of the Zoo’s activities for Earth Day 2011.  The event marked the conclusion of the $13.9-million retrofit…

Check Out the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase on April 30th!

by Sherri Akers The MVCC Green Committee wanted to host a community event to celebrate Earth Day 2009 that would inspire our neighbors to conserve water.  Ideas were tossed around –eco block parties? An event with speakers on sustainability issues? What about a garden tour that featured sustainable and edible gardens? Could we even get…

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