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Discovery Cube Los Angeles To Open November 13

You climb aboard a helicopter that virtually whisks you up and away, magically flying you over and under the San Fernando Valley exploring Los Angeles’ complex water recycling and treatment system.  You enter the Aquavator, an elevator that uses virtual reality magic to plunge you hundreds of feet into the earth where you learn about underground…

Weather or Not, Be Prepared!

Here in Southern California, many people will say that we don’t have “weather.” We disagree! In fact, we’re entering that time of year when southeasterly monsoonal flows can creep over the mountains bringing with them a good chance for thunderstorms. So as we move through summer with its inevitable heat, humidity and occasional storm, here…

Plastic Bag Ban To Expand on July 1

Get ready to take your reusable bags to a new level in the coming days! Starting on July 1, 2014 Los Angeles will expand its current Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance to include smaller markets and grocery stores.  The second phase of the Ordinance mandates that all grocers within the City of Los Angeles will no…

Do LA Beaches Make the Grade?

As we get close to the end of another school year, students are nervously awaiting their final grades. It’s no different here at LA Stormwater. Today Heal the Bay released their 2014 Beach Report Card and we’re proud to report that our efforts are paying off! Los Angeles is enjoying improved water quality at most…

Creating Enhanced Watersheds

They greeted each other as old friends, enthusiastically shaking hands and smiling at one another. They reminisced about their work over the last few decades and spoke excitedly about the task ahead of them. They used acronyms like IRWMP, and BMP and IRP and no one asked for clarification. They nodded in unison when speakers…

LADWP Announces Stormwater Capture Master Plan

The sun was beginning to set behind the Los Angeles River Center and Gardens Wednesday evening when Rafael Villagas of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power stepped to the podium. He—and some 60 stakeholders and residents—had come to discuss the future of L.A.’s water supply and how stormwater capture can help make our…

LA Aqueduct Centennial Garden Breaks Ground

Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge, LADWP’s Senior Assistant General Manager James McDaniel and community members convened on Friday, August 9 at the recently-renovated Mulholland Memorial Fountain to break ground on the new Los Angeles Aqueduct Centennial Garden. They ceremoniously marked the start of construction on enhancements to the grounds surrounding the Los Feliz landmark that will…

A Summer of Clean Water

Welcome to the middle of summer – a time when we are all looking to cool off in or near clean water! Are you curious about how the City of Los Angeles is working to keep our rivers, creeks lakes and beaches clean during the hottest season of the year? Then be sure and check…

LA Bans Plastic Bags

On June 25, the Los Angeles City Council made history and made Los Angeles the largest municipality in the United States to ban single-use plastic bags.  Two days later, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed the plastic bag ban ordinance into law. “This will make for a cleaner, greener LA,” Mayor Villaraigosa stated. “Every year we use…

Caught and Charged

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and Councilmember Jose Huizar recently announced charges against two suspects who were caught on camera allegedly dumping illegal waste in El Sereno. LA Stormwater’s very own environmental compliance inspectors Howard Wong and Gonzalo Barriga were instrumental in the investigation, securing the video footage and providing the evidence that led to a…

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