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Flocking to the LA River, Part 2

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater She swam confidently through the low-hanging bushes that edged the river. She eyed me and my zoom lens with suspicion and moved back into the shadows. I slowly crept along the river’s embankment with my camera poised, not wanting to spook her. What followed her out of the shadows made…

Blue Heron in grass

Flocking to the LA River, Part 1

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater With two recreational zones open this summer on the Los Angeles River, I thought I’d take advantage of the close proximity to the river my office enjoys and stroll along its banks with my camera. For the more than 10 years that I have been working in the Elysian Valley,…

Pathway next to LA River

LA River Welcomes New Greenway

The Los Angeles River welcomed a new green space today when city officials opened a new river greenway. Located within the footprint of the Los Angeles-Glendale Water Reclamation Plant, which resides on the banks of the LA River in the Atwater Village portion of the river, the new greenway will provide a welcome respite for…

Do LA Beaches Make the Grade?

As we get close to the end of another school year, students are nervously awaiting their final grades. It’s no different here at LA Stormwater. Today Heal the Bay released their 2014 Beach Report Card and we’re proud to report that our efforts are paying off! Los Angeles is enjoying improved water quality at most…

The Sun and Sea: Kids Ocean Day 2014

You’d think after two-plus decades, Kids Ocean Day would become ho-hum. But every year, when those first school buses begin winding their way down the beach access road at Dockweiler State Beach, our hearts skip a beat. Watching thousands of Los Angeles school children come together for a massive beach cleanup and aerial art performance…

Ask LA Stormwater: Are your dog waste bags biodegradable?

A: No, and here’s why. You need to dispose of pet waste—even pet waste in a biodegradable bag—in the trash. It should not be tossed in the City’s green bin or your backyard compost pile. The reason is, dog waste contains millions of bacteria that pose health risks for other creatures, humans and our local…

Remembering Dodger Dog

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater I said good-bye to one of my best friends last month. Dodger, my beloved 12-year old Boxer/Shepherd mix, peacefully crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on April 18. While my heart is broken, I’m eternally grateful for the opportunity I had to be Dodger’s mom and the life lessons he taught…

Reining in the Rain

By Ruskin Hartley, President and CEO of Heal the Bay I’d been living in Los Angeles for about six months when a three-day storm hit back in February. I had begun to wonder what all the fuss was about stormwater. Could it really be that bad? Now I know the answer is yes—but not just…

Earth Day is Ocean Day: 3 Ways to Save the Sea

The oceans take up 71 percent of the planet’s surface, so when you’re celebrating Earth Day—or Earth Month if you’re like us—it makes sense to honor the deep blue sea. Here are three ways to show your love and appreciation by protecting our precious resource. Go car-free.  Put the car in the garage and get…

FoLAR’s La Gran Limpieza: 25 Years of L.A. River Love

Centuries ago, the Los Angeles River and its banks were a lush landscape that provided original settlers much of their sustenance for everyday living. Today, Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) works to restore the river’s 51 miles to their former glory. And you can help by joining the 25th Annual La Gran Limpieza:…

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