Stars and Stripes and Stormwater

fireworks.tsuacctntWho among us won’t be celebrating the 4th of July with a picnic at a park or a visit to one of our local beaches? LA County officials estimate that more than 1 million people visit LA County beaches to enjoy the water and the fireworks displays that light up Southern California’s coast on Independence Day. Inland, at least another million or so people, enjoy our region’s myriad parks, barbecuing and enjoying cool drinks in the shade of a tree. The fun doesn’t end with fireworks. It just begins with these fun and stormwater-friendly July events.

> Make a difference with Heal the Bay’s Stream Team! Heal the Bay is partnering with the Mountains Restoration Trust to restore areas of Leo Carrillo State Park. The habitat restoration in Leo Carillo State Park is part of a larger project to restore the creek, Arroyo Sequit, for the endangered Southern California Steelhead Trout. The restoration work takes place on July 13 from 8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

> A second chance to restore natural habitat takes place on various dates throughout July in the Santa Monica Mountains. TreePeople is partnering with the Mountains Restoration Trust to restore habitat along Las Virgenes and Malibu Creek. Please see TreePeople’s July calendar for dates and more information.

> Stay cool at the coast with Nothin’ But Sand! Heal the Bay’s monthly Nothin’ But Sand beach clean-ups are open to all and are a great opportunity for you, your friends, family and associates to get involved! Their July clean-up is taking place on July 20 at Will Rogers State Beach.

> Can’t make it to the beach? How about the LA River? The pilot recreation zone of the Los Angeles River is now open in the Glendale Narrows through Labor Day. On a 2.5 mile stretch between Fletcher Avenue and Figueroa Blvd. the public is welcome to walk, fish, or even kayak on the river. Grab your gear and let’s go!

> The new Lewis MacAdams Riverwalk is now open! Dedicated in late June, this new 3.4 acre park, just north of the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge, includes native plantings, picnic areas, interpretive signage and an outdoor classroom.

> See you on the river with Paddle the LA River 2013! This is the third year that this wildly popular adventure down the Los Angeles River will be offered by the Los Angeles Conservation Corps and its many project partners. Tickets will be offered in two batches this year. Check their website often for updates and the availability of tickets, but be aware that tickets will sell out fast!

> The Lotus Festival – LA’s premier July event – won’t return until 2014, but you can still enjoy the recently re-opened Echo Park Lake, located at 1632 Bellevue Avenue, LA, 90026. After a two-year $45 million makeover, Echo Park Lake is ready for its close-up! The lake, its lady and the lotuses are blossoming once again! Enjoy, Los Angeles!

Photos courtesy of Carissa GoodNCrazy and tsuacctnt.

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