Archive for 2012

Proposition O: Focused on Clean Water

Here we are in the middle of summer, a time when temps rise and our collective focus is on clean water – swimming in it, playing near it, boating on it. So, we thought this would be a good time to update you on Proposition O, the $500 million voter-approved clean water program to clean…

Preventing Pollution is Patriotic

July 4th is one of the most popular beach days of the year. Officials estimate that more than 1 million people visit LA County beaches to enjoy the water and the fireworks displays that light up Santa Monica Bay on Independence Day. If you plan on spending anytime at one of our local beaches over…

Work Like (And With) A Dog

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Public Education Manager I don’t know about you, but I love the idea of taking my dog to work! Dodger, my 10-year old furry friend, would be the perfect office companion. He’d keep my feet warm during the winter, remind me that occasional breaks are important, and keep my workmates…

Students Defend the Sea at Kids Ocean Day

More than 5,000 Los Angeles students, teachers and volunteers convened on June 7 at Dockweiler State Beach to celebrate the 19th annual Kids Ocean Day.  The participants cleaned the beach and formed a massive kid-designed shark and shield to “Defend the Sea” from a modern day sea monster – every day plastic litter. The activity…

City Secures Settlement for Wilmington Oil Spill

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge approved a $1.75 million settlement reached by the LA City Attorney’s Office and Crimson Pipeline Management, Inc. in a case involving a large oil spill in Wilmington in 2010. This constitutes a civil resolution of a criminal case that was filed in December 2011. Crimson Pipeline Management, Inc. and…

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…

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