Resolve to Solve With January Events

Happy 2013! Do you have your list of New Year’s resolutions in front of you? What? You haven’t even started it yet? Well, it’s not too late and, now is the perfect time to add a few resolutions that give back to the environment. Resolve to solve the pollution challenges facing LA’s rivers, creeks, lakes and bays. This listing of eco-friendly events taking place in January will get you started!

> Resolve to revitalize! On Wednesday, January 9 at 4:30 p.m. at La Kretz Hall, Room 110, the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability presents a lecture entitled Building Los Angeles River 3.0: River and Infrastructure. The talk will be presented by Omar Brownson of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation.

> Resolve to recycle! Time to put those holiday decorations away and recycle that Christmas tree! You can leave it next to your green bin – don’t forget to take off all the decorations! – and LA Sanitation crews will pick it up on your next scheduled pick up date.

> Resolve to learn more! On January 15 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing regarding the Los Angeles County Flood Control District’s proposed Clean Water Clean Beaches Measure. If approved by Los Angeles County property owners, this measure would establish an annual fee to pay for clean water programs.

> Resolve to watch some whales!  We are in the middle of whale watching season and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium offers whale watching all month long. Their teacher workshop entitled Whale of a Workshop takes place on Saturday, January 19 and provides information on the marine mammals of California, highlighting the migratory gray whale. This workshop is open to all K-12 teachers, but pre-registration is required. Call (310) 548-7562 to get started!

> Resolve to have fun! On January 27, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium presents the Whale Fiesta, an all-day festival celebrating the migration of the Pacific gray whale! It’s a day filled with activities and exhibits for all – games, arts and crafts, puppet shows, food and gift vendors, marine awareness organizations, guest lecturers and music. 

> Resolve to get involved! Beach clean-ups during the rainy season are especially important since it’s after a rain event that litter and debris washes up onto local beaches. Heal the Bay’s January Nothin’ But Sand beach clean-up will take place on January 19 at Venice Beach.

> Resolve to do more! Interested in starting a water pollution project in your own community? Then you need to attend TreePeople’s Water Pollution Prevention half-day workshop on January 26 in Long Beach. It’s open to teachers, students and non-formal educators who are interested in starting a water pollution prevention project on their campus or improving water quality in their community. For more information, contact Loyda Ramos at lramos@treepeople.org. To register, please visit Generation Earth.

Remember! You can view our complete calendar of events or e-mail us about an event taking place in your neighborhood at lastormwater@lacity.org and we’ll add it to our calendar.

Photo courtesy of lism.

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  1. Avatar for LA Stormwater
    Pamela Bond
    January 10th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    LA County Property owners already pay for Storm water (watershed Protection) on their property Taxes. Is this a fee increase or in addition? Watershed has public outreach that from my understanding was cut way back do to finances. What Clean water programs are suggested?

    • Avatar for LA Stormwater
      LA Stormwater
      January 11th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      You are correct, Pamela, that LA County property owners already pay a Stormwater Pollution Abatement Fee on their property taxes. The proposed fee would increase the current fee. The clean water programs that the Clean Water Clean Beaches Measure would fund would include everything from public education to capital improvement projects to increased business site inspections and enforcement activities, all with the goal of reducing the amount of polluted urban runoff flowing into our rivers, creeks, lakes and beaches and replenishing our diminishing groundwater supplies. Thanks for your comment.

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