Best Management Practices

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,…

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…

Pollution Solution: Recycling Used Motor Oil is Fast and Free!

Changing your own motor oil is a smart way to save cash, but carelessly tossing the used sludge is seriously bad news for our rivers, creeks and bays. Along with toxic chemicals, used motor oil is loaded with lead, arsenic, and other metallic compounds that wear off from your engine over time. When dumped into…

Ask LA Stormwater: Can dog waste go in the green bin?

A: First, we want to thank you for picking up your dog waste! A single gram of dog poop can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which has health risks for other dogs and humans as well as our local rivers, lakes and bays. Now back to your question. You cannot dispose of pet waste—even…

Go For The Gold!

Everyone has Olympics fever with the Winter Games taking place in Sochi this month. In the spirit of the Olympics and just for fun, we ask this question: Are you a gold, silver or bronze medalist in the area of protecting our environment? Answer the questions below to discover which medal you would receive if…

Ask LA Stormwater: How Can I Conserve Water?

A: That’s the million dollar question ever since Governor Brown urged every Californian to cut their water use by 20%. Angelenos typically use about 129 gallons of water every day. To keep in step with the Governor, we need to save 30 gallons a day. (The more, the better, of course.) Luckily there are some…

LA Settles into the Plastic Bag Ban

In many ways, it could have been any Saturday afternoon at the supermarket. Angelenos in workout wear hustled in and out of the automatic doors carrying bags of groceries to restock the fridge for the week ahead. But January 4 was different. Three days earlier, Los Angeles became the largest city in the U.S. to…

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