Archive for 2015

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Outta Sight

We all have that one colleague who works tirelessly to make a project better than average but shuns the limelight and, therefore, often times receives little recognition for their dedication and hard work. For Santa Monica Bay beaches, low flow diversions are those unsung heroes. As Heal the Bay releases its annual beach report card this week,…

Ballona Creek

Biking for Better Waterways

Some 80 percent of the pollution in our oceans comes from land—and cars are a major culprit. Every day, the engines in our cars and trucks dribble small drops of oil onto our LA roads and parking lots. From there, it’s a short trek out to sea. Help curb car pollution by biking. It’s a…

Kids Ocean Day 2015

Kids Ocean Day Makes History

Kids Ocean Day 2015 was one for the history books. Every year, the Malibu Foundation for Environmental Education brings thousands of Los Angeles school children, parents and teachers to Dockweiler State Beach for a massive clean-up and aerial art formation.  It is the culmination of a year-long school education program that teaches kids the power…

Lauren Canyon

Saving Lots of Drops

In this environment of drought and climate change, creating and building projects that will capture rainwater in LA’s impervious communities is a challenge that we must meet. The Southern California Water Replenishment District estimates that in a single year alone, Los Angeles loses 58 trillion gallons of water to the ocean because of its paved…

Freebies from the City

Living in Los Angeles isn’t cheap. But not everything has to break the bank. The next time you’re watching the numbers rack up at the gas pump, just think about the following free stuff Los Angeles residents can get from the City of LA. Not only are these no cost programs simple to use, they…

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LA’s Best Water-Wise Gardens

Replace the toilet with a low-flow model: check. Install aerators on all of the faucets: done. Lower those showers to 5 minutes: who needs more time than that? Now that many of us have become water-saving warriors inside the house, it’s time to tackle the next drought-fighting frontier—outside in the yard. A growing number of…

Avalon Alleys To Become Green Allies

South Los Angeles has the challenge of being one of the most green-space-challenged areas in Southern California. The Avalon Green Alley Network Project is working to change that by transforming often unsafe and polluted alleyways into new community green spaces.  The project will work to create walkable and bikeable thoroughfares that incorporate stormwater low impact…

The Ocean Waves “Happy Spring!”

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Exploring Southern California tide pools is one of my favorite pastimes. I love gazing into the shallow water and peering under rocks searching for the Pacific’s shoreline residents. My son, a nature enthusiast as well, enjoys keeping an ongoing tally of all the sea creatures we come across when we…

First-Time Rain Barrel Owner [Interview]

Jan Flor had never given much thought to owning a rain barrel. But when she heard in November 2014 that Keep Los Angeles Beautiful was giving away free 55-gallon rain barrels that had been repurposed from Coca-Cola corn syrup tubs, she rushed to sign up. “I thought, Wow, this would be a really easy way…

Marieta Francis, Algalita Marine Research & Education

In 1994, Captain Charles Moore founded Algalita Marine Research and Education with the aim of restoring disappearing kelp forests and improving water quality along the California Coast. The Captain thought Algalita meant “little algae” in Spanish (it doesn’t), but after more than two decades, the name certainly has come to mean “great ocean defender.” Algalita…

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