Archive for 2012

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…

LA Sanitation Director Enrique Zaldivar Honored

As part of its annual Watershed Warrior Celebration on April 26, the Friends of Ballona Wetlands honored LA Sanitation Director Enrique C. Zaldivar with its  Passionate Pickleweed Award. “Enrique Zaldivar is one of those individuals who uses his position of authority to not only deliver on the services that we depend on from our Bureau…

Santa Monica Baykeeper Stands Up for Clean Water

Liz Crosson joined Santa Monica Baykeeper as its executive director in May 2010, and her current work focuses on eliminating pollution and preventing the degradation of Southern California’s aquatic and coastal ecosystems. With Santa Monica Baykeeper’s inaugural Splash: Stand Up for Clean Water Paddleboard Race and Environmental Festival under her belt, Liz sat down with LA Stormwater to talk…

Restored Stream, Expanded Park Opens in Atwater

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Tom LaBonge and Eric Garcetti led a celebration on April 12 that marked the completion of the North Atwater Creek Restoration and Park Expansion project. A much-needed improvement in the Glendale Narrows area of the Los Angeles River, the North Atwater Park project provides multiple benefits to the city’s major tributary…

Sneak a Peek with a Click

Here at LA Stormwater, we are proud to be on the leading edge of environmental public education efforts. Our Facebookpage and Team Effort blog gives us a chance to chat with you about the issues facing Los Angeles’ rivers, creeks, lakes and beaches. Our quarterly e-newsletter LA Stormwater provides us with the opportunity to update you on projects and programs we’re…

Green Thumbs Galore at Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Public Education Manager I have a brown thumb. I’ll be the first to admit it. Being the daughter of two farmers, you would think I’d have more luck when it came to growing plants, or at the very least, keeping them alive. Sadly, I didn’t inherit my parents’ “farmer genes,” and…

North Atwater Park to Be Celebrated Along LA River Banks

You are invited to join Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, City officials and community residents along the banks of the Los Angeles River on April 12, 2012 to celebrate the grand opening of the North Atwater Park Expansion and Creek Restoration project. Here are the specifics: Date:  Thursday, April 12, 2012 Time:  9:30 a.m.…

Littering is Wrong, Too!

So what do littering, networking at a funeral and gas station sushi all have in common? They are all wrong according to a new ad campaign launched by Keep Los Angeles Beautiful in partnership with Keep California Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful to get people talking about littering. By equating littering with ridiculous, irrational and thoughtless “wrongs,”…

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