Archive for May, 2012

Mighty Machines Keep Communities Mighty Clean

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Public Education Manager If any of you have young children in your lives, you’ll know how fascinating “mighty machines” can be! My 4-year old son absolutely adores bulldozers and planes and boats and trucks – especially garbage and recycling trucks. Friday is my day off and it also happens to…

Woodman Avenue Groundbreaking Ceremony Held

The Department of Public Works Bureaus of Sanitation and Street Services joined Councilmember Tony Cardenas (Council District 6), Department of Water and Power, The River Project, Panorama City Neighborhood Council and community members for a groundbreaking ceremony of the Woodman Avenue Stormwater Capture and Median Retrofit Project today. The event was held to coincide with…

The Future of Water in LA Workshop

You are invited to attend a special workshop on June 7, 2012 entitled The Future of Water in LA: Ocean, River, Beach, Bay and Stormwater Cleanup, which will focus on the water quality results to date, lessons learned and future financing needs. Here are the specifics on the workshop: When:  Thursday, June 7, 2012 from…

Making the Grade

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Public Education Manager I love the ocean. I always have. I guess it’s in my blood. My father was a officer in the Naval Reserves, having served in World War II, and growing up, my family would often spend our spring vacations on Coronado Island in San Diego, staying at…

Creating a Lasting Impression

The 2012 theme for American Public Works Association’s National Public Works Week (May 20 – 26) is “Public Works: Creating a Lasting Impression.” One such LA Stormwater project, located in the San Fernando Valley, is aiming to do just that! The Woodman Avenue Multi-Beneficial Stormwater Capture and Median Retrofit Project will enhance the aesthetics of…

Is Your Project Required to Comply With LID?

On May 12, the Low Impact Development Ordinance’s road to adoption ended and LID became effective in Los Angeles. This landmark legislation will improve water quality here in LA by amending and expanding on the existing Standard Urban Stormwater Mitigation Plan (or SUSMP) requirements of capturing the first ¾-inch of rain from a storm event…

LA Wetlands Shine During American Wetlands Month

May marks the 21st anniversary of the EPA’s American Wetlands Month – a time when we celebrate the vital role that wetlands play. But what exactly are wetlands and why are they so important? Wetlands are a vital link between land and water –  a low-lying transitional area (or marsh) where water, nutrients and sunlight…

Congratulations Clean Water Scavenger Hunt Participants!

Congratulations to all of our Clean Water Virtual Scavenger Hunt participants for entering in our scavenger hunt and winning a Storm Drain and Marine Life poster! We’d like to thank all of you for participating and checking out our new and improved website! We hope you enjoyed our contest, had fun solving the riddles and…

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