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Eco-Tips for Your Holiday Kitchen

The holidays are here, which means many of us will be spending hours (or perhaps days!) in the kitchen, prepping for and preparing festive meals for our family and friends. Even in your kitchen, you can adopt simple good housekeeping practices that will protect our local rivers, creeks, lakes and bays from pollutants by keeping…

5 Things to Know About California’s Plastic Bag Ban

The last days of August were a nail biter at LA Stormwater. An epic battle to ban single-use plastic bags from grocery stores throughout California was raging in the state Assembly—just days before the close of the 2014 legislative session. If Senate Bill 270 passed, California would become the first state in the country to…

3 Ways to Build a Beautiful Native Garden

Autumn is the perfect season to start a native garden. The soil is still warm, which helps the root system of young plants grow healthy and strong, and the outdoor temperature turns cooler, putting less stress on the new plantings. And fall is water-wise. Shorter days, milder temperatures and (knock on wood) the occasional rain…

Do Sweat The Small Stuff

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater I honestly didn’t expect to find much trash on the impromptu “micro community clean-up” my six-year old son and I did in our neighborhood a few days ago in honor of the upcoming California Coastal Cleanup Day on September 20. We live in a part of southeastern Alhambra historically known…

Eco Tools for Back to School

It’s back-to-school time! The yellow school buses have returned to our morning commute and everywhere we look, students are sporting new backpacks and brand spanking new clothes. The start of the school year is a perfect time to teach your kids a few easy ways to fight runoff pollution and protect the ocean. Here, we’ve…

Ask LA Stormwater: What’s the best lawn care in a drought?

A: A whopping 40 percent of the drinking water in Los Angeles is used for landscaping. So conserving water outdoors is a great way to help beat the drought. Thankfully, there are many ways to be water-wise in your yard, whether you’re looking for simple solutions or are ready to take more radical steps. Let’s start…

Eco Trip Tips For Your Home

Suitcases packed? Check! Plane, hotel and rental car reservations confirmed? Check! Family super excited about going on vacation? Check and check! Home ready to keep LA’s waterways clean and conserve energy and water while you’re gone? Um…I can do that? Yes, you can! Here are a few easy eco trip tips for your home that will…

Pollution Solution: Paint It Blue

A fresh coat of paint is the perfect way to liven up your home. But here’s one not-so-pretty part of adding new color to your living space: each year, about 10 percent of all paint purchased in the U.S. goes unused, and some of that leftover paint winds up in our waterways. Without careful handling…

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…

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,…

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