Archive for 2014

Small Actions Make a Huge Difference

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Just before midnight, I stood in my front yard in my pajamas and bare feet staring up at a full moon that looked like someone had taken a bite out of it. The “blood moon” eclipse had begun. For the next half hour, I watched as darkness slowly crept across…

Creating Enhanced Watersheds

They greeted each other as old friends, enthusiastically shaking hands and smiling at one another. They reminisced about their work over the last few decades and spoke excitedly about the task ahead of them. They used acronyms like IRWMP, and BMP and IRP and no one asked for clarification. They nodded in unison when speakers…

Nuts About Natives

Maybe you’re a native-plant fanatic, enjoying the Red Fairy Dusters and California Lilacs that bloom annually in your yard…or perhaps you religiously tend to an ocean-friendly garden, ensuring its “organic-ness” by composting  and growing vegetables that make your neighbors green with envy…or maybe you’re new to the idea of planting native plants and gardening but…

LADWP Announces Stormwater Capture Master Plan

The sun was beginning to set behind the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens Wednesday evening when Rafael Villagas of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power stepped to the podium. He—and some 60 stakeholders and residents—had come to discuss the future of L.A.’s water supply and how stormwater capture can help make our…

Machado Lake Ecosystem Rehabilitation Begins

City of Los Angeles Councilmember Joe Buscaino, public officials and Harbor City residents participated in a recent groundbreaking ceremony for the Machado Lake Ecosystem Rehabilitation Project at the Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park. “I’m pleased that this project is starting now,” said Councilmember Joe Buscaino. “We owe it to this community to restore this lake…

Happy 140th Birthday, Robert Frost

Robert Frost received acclaim for his poems about the life and landscape of New England. But at LA Stormwater, we imagine the mysterious Pacific Ocean was the inspiration for this little beauty.

9 Composting Dos & Don’ts

Composting is an eco-savvy gardener’s best friend. Food scraps and yard waste make up a whopping 30% of the stuff we throw away. Repurposing organic leftovers helps free up space in landfills, curb the greenhouse-gas emissions coming from those landfills and reduce your need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. What’s more, compost is a nutrient-rich,…

The Buzz on Stagnant Water: Post-Storm Mosquito Control

It’s hard to find a downside to drought-quenching rainfalls like we had last month. But all of that glorious rainwater can easily collect and turn into a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes. When it comes to laying eggs, nature’s peskiest bugs favor the shallow standing water that tends to pool outside your home after a…

From Mediocre to Magnificent

If you have been driving up and down Woodman Avenue between Lanark and Saticoy Streets this past year, you probably noticed quite a few changes taking place along this avenue’s previously vegetation-challenged median. Earlier this month, the City of Los Angeles cut the ribbon on a brand new median that is not only aesthetically pleasing…

Rainwater Harvesting How-To

Even in good times, Los Angeles isn’t breaking records for rainfall. We get only about 15 inches each year—mostly in the winter and early spring. But coming off the driest year on record, the potential for a series of storms this week makes us giddy. You can make the most of the soaker by installing…

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