Best Management Practices

Combating the Litter Problem is a Team Effort

Take a moment to think about the last time you saw a piece of litter on the ground. Did you see a soda can, a plastic bag or maybe even a cigarette butt? Aside from being an eye sore, litter also has a tremendous negative impact on our environment. Here in the Los Angeles area,…

The Village Gardeners Work to Improve the LA River

In our last eNewsletter issue we highlighted a few ways we can make a positive impact on our community. Sometimes it’s nice to be inspired by the work of others, and it’s also nice to see how all the hard work we do is paying off. Well, look no further than The Village Gardeners, a…

Top Ten Water Pollution Facts

Below are a few water pollution facts that all clean water lovers should know (and share with their friends)! #1: When it rains water runs directly into L.A.’s storm drains where the water flows into our local waterways and then the ocean. This stormwater is much different than sewer water, as it is not connected…

Lawn Be Gone: Score Some Cash by Removing Your Grass

Maintaining a grass lawn can be a hassle. Keeping your grass green and looking healthy means watering and mowing on a regular basis. We bet there have been plenty of times when you just wanted to give up and tear it all out. Well, if you really want to go green and stop all that…

Going Green with Parkways!

  L.A.’s Board of Public Works recently made it a bit easier to go green! That’s right, last month the Board voted on new rules that will allow homeowners in the city to plant drought tolerant turf and ground cover without having to obtain a permit. This means less water use, which means not only…

When Less Is More – In the Garden

Hey gardeners and home owners out there, did you know that you could reduce the amount of toxins in our waters by following a few easy rules? It’s true and if you have a lawn or garden and occasionally use pesticides or herbicides to green it up, we have a little recommendation that could go…

Save Water by Going Native!

Water is a precious resource, especially in Southern California where the annual average of rainfall is much lower than in other parts of the country. At times this can mean water shortages and drastic cut backs as our population is large and our potential to use water is great due to our dry climate. There…

Los Angeles and El Segundo Celebrate a Completed Water Quality Project

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl of District 11, El Segundo Mayor Kelly McDowell, Public Works Commissioner Paula Daniels and other dignitaries celebrated today the completion of the Imperial Highway Sunken Median Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) project. A gathering was held on Imperial Highway between Pershing Drive and Main Street, and was concluded with…

Taking the Boo out of Bacteria

You can’t see it but it’s there, hiding out, just waiting for you in the storm drain. It’s not a ghost or a scary monster, although it is certainly frightening. It’s bacteria. Unlike other stormwater pollutants such as oil and litter, bacteria cannot be seen with the naked eye. While most environmental microorganisms are part…

El Nino-He's Back…

In July, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists announced the return of El Niño, a climate phenomenon with significant influence on global weather. Occurring, on average, once every two to seven years and typically lasting 12 months, El Niño is the warming of central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean waters. Generally, an El Niño…

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