Archive for 2016

Fall Into Recycling Your Used Motor Oil

We get it! Life can get the best of you sometimes. It’s often easy to overlook that used motor oil and filter or unwanted paint sitting in the corner of your garage. With fall here, why not turn over a new leaf and commit to cleaning out that garage? Thankfully, LA Sanitation offers a lot…

Made Weekend Plans Yet?

Summer may have ended, but Los Angeles residents are lucky to enjoy lush sunny weather year-round. This upcoming weekend, enjoy the balmy weather in LA’s backyard by joining one of three events below. From rain barrels to clean ups there is something to keep you busy! Ballona Wetlands Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, September 179:00am-12:00pm303 Culver…

Beyond the Classroom

LA’s kids have been in school for a little more than a week, learning the signature “three R’s” – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. But, we all know that learning is not confined to the classroom. In fact, lessons can be learned anywhere and at anytime! Below is a listing of opportunities here in Southern California…

Teach LA’s Kids

The last rays of summer sunshine in LA mean the beginning of a brand new school year. To inspire your children as they go back to school, the Watershed Protection Program is proud to announce Teach LA’s Kids – a new, free online resource for teachers and parents seeking to educate students about the importance…

It’s an A for Santa Monica Bay

The beach is synonymous with summer here in Southern California. From collecting seashells with the kids to building sand castles just beyond the waters edge…from catching El Porto’s best waves at dawn to walks along Will Rogers State Beach at sunset…every Angeleno has their favorite summer beach activity. And, we’re proud to say that all…

From Runoff To Resource

Here at the City of Los Angeles Watershed Protection Program, we are always striving to develop and implement new ways to keep LA’s creeks, rivers, lakes and ocean clean. Now this award-winning program is implementing innovative projects and initiatives to capture, use and/or infiltrate rainwater as well. Take a look at how our four core…

Reduce Waste When Eating Out

Wrappers, cups, lids, straws: 50 percent of the litter on our streets is from fast food. This waste makes its way into storm drains and eventually into the ocean. In fact, in the central North Pacific Ocean, there is an area of trash called the Pacific trash vortex. Also labeled the Great Pacific garbage patch,…

Pollution Solutions: Let’s Drive It Home!

It’s possible to lessen your environmental impact when driving your car by following these easy tips. As an added bonus, these tips will also help to reduce spending at the gas pump. Always have your wheels properly inflated. It is free to pump air into your tires at most gas stations and it only takes…

Ask LA Stormwater: Can I drain my pool water into the street?

A: Yes, but there are things to consider first. Draining your pool can wreak havoc on the environment if it’s not done properly. When poured down storm drains, chemical-laden pool water ultimately makes its way to local waterways, where it can kill off fish and seriously threaten water quality. The City of Los Angeles allows…

Made in the Shade

June 21 is the official start of summer with the longest day of the year. While we often get moments of cloudiness with our “June gloom,” the summer sun can beat down and heat you up. During the drought, it’s especially important to care for the trees that provide us (and our city) with needed…

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