Archive for 2012

LA Stormwater Website Garners Premier Web Marketing Award

The City of Los Angeles LA Stormwater website is the recipient of the Web Marketing Association’s 2012 WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development in the area of Environmental Excellence. Re-designed and re-launched in spring 2012, the LA Stormwater site consistently achieved scores higher than the industry average in the areas of technology, interactivity, copy…

Thinking Outside the Box

Are you the organizer of your local farmer’s market?  Is your neighborhood council planning an autumn resource fair? Are you helping a local rescue group host a dog adoption event? Would you like to have free City of Los Angeles Stormwater Program outreach materials at an upcoming community event? If you answered yes to any…

Kids4Trees Launches Environmental Program

On September 6, Kids4Trees will launch an environmental program for elementary schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The LAUSD is the second largest school district in the United States, with almost 700,000 students, half of which are in elementary schools. California law mandates the teaching of environmental education; however, many schools cannot…

Cleaning Up Our Coast

Beach cleanups are vital to the health of our coastal environment, and every year on Coastal Cleanup Day, more than 60,000 volunteers throughout California spend part of a September weekend picking up more than 300,000 tons of trash from beaches and inland waterways before the rainy season begins. This year is no different. The 2012 California…

New Law Gets LA Closer to Waste Reduction Goal

Mandatory commercial recycling became effective in California on July 1 as a result of Assembly Bill 341. According to the new legislation, businesses that have more than four cubic yards of trash per week, or multifamily residential properties with five or more units, are required to arrange for recycling services. Property owners can comply by…

What Goes Around Comes Around Again

In the mid-1800s, a water wheel graced the Los Angeles River, bringing water from El Rio Porciuncula to Los Angeles, which was a newly established pueblo. The Zanja Madre (or Mother Ditch) was the open-air earthen ditch that carried the much-needed water from the river, across the present day Corn Fields to a brick reservoir,…

From Oil Spills to Movie Stills, They See it All

“There’s been a toxic spill in the San Fernando Valley.” “I’m calling to report 10 leaking, abandoned drums near the Port of Los Angeles.”    “I’m seeing a milky substance flowing into the street and it smells really bad – like chemicals!” Every month the City’s Stormwater Hotline receives hundreds of calls just like this…

Back to School Stormwater Tips

We know what you’re thinking. “Is it time to go back to school already?” With everyone beginning to prepare for that first day back in class, we wanted to offer a few stormwater tips for parents, teachers and students as we all get ready for another school year. 1. Talk to your child’s teacher about…

Operation Healthy Streets Removes Five Tons of Trash

On July 6 the City of Los Angeles ended Operation Healthy Streets, a comprehensive program to address public health risks in the Skid Row neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles. The program focused on eliminating hazards that posed immediate health threats to those encamped on the sidewalks of Skid Row, as well as to those who…

Echoes of the Lake to Come

Mid-July has traditionally been the time of year that Angelenos enjoy the Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake. Although the Lotus Festival isn’t happening this year, now seems like a good time to provide an update on the construction project that is currently going on at Echo Park Lake. The Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation Project…

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