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California Beach Pollution Still on the Rise

Information taken from LA Times article: California beaches face a rising tide of pollution, study finds by: Amy Littlefield The National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) reports a 4% increase in beach pollution violations from 2007-2008. According to the NRDC report, which collects data through the Environmental Protection Agency, 10% of water samples at California beaches…

Mandatory Water Conservation Hits Los Angeles

Southern California is facing a water supply shortage for the third year in a row. Most of Los Angeles’ water supplies are imported and the sources of this water are greatly impacted by drought and regulatory restrictions. As a result, the City of Los Angeles is calling for drastic water conservation. Due to this water…

LAist joins the Team Effort

A special thanks to our friends over at LAist, who promoted the LA Team Effort and Stormwater Program last week when they wrote about the installments of catch basin screen covers throughout the City. The story, called “One Way We Fight Pollution“, was an encouraging response to the low water quality grades LA received from…

Heal the Bay Gives the Grades

Just in time for the kickoff to summer this Memorial Day weekend, Heal the Bay has released its 19th annual Beach Report Card (BRC), with information on the status of California’s coastline. Heal the Bay’s BRC provides water quality information to the millions of people who swim, surf, or dive in California coastal waters. Reported…

Team Effort Ads Encourage a Call to Action

A Message from Shahram Kharaghani, City of Los Angeles Stormwater Program Manager We’re hitting the streets! A spring time Team Effort advertising campaign will share the Stormwater Program’s vision of a socially-responsible Los Angeles. Our approach aims to inspire residents to become part of the solution and play a role in keeping their neighborhoods clean.…

Program Praised From Sun Valley to Dockweiler Beach

The Los Angeles Stormwater Program recently received kudos for its public education and flood prevention programs. The first award, for public education, was received on January 10 from the Los Angeles Basin Section (LABS) of the California Water Environment Association (CWEA). In addition to the LABS award, the Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation…

It Takes a Village: Local Activists Organize to Clean-up LA

A number of clean-ups around Los Angeles are scheduled this spring, and in order for each to be successful the community’s participation is crucial. A “Team Effort” for clean water is exemplified in the interviews below, because their clean-up efforts are what help to make the vision of pollution-free rivers, lakes and oceans a reality.…

LASWP Conducts Middle School Presentations at Valley Alternative

As part of the LA Stormwater Program’s school outreach component to educate students about stormwater pollution issues and encourage young people to be environmentally conscious, 6 middle school presentations were conducted at Valley Alternative Magnet School in Van Nuys on April 1, 2009. A total of 202 students grade 6-8 were educated on the connection…

LA Team Effort Hits the Streets of LA

L.A Can’t Do It Alone: Team Effort Campaign Calls Us to Action Team effort goes a long way and it certainly shows here in L.A. The upcoming Stormwater Program’s Team Effort ad campaign displays this message of collaboration, as city departments, non-profit organizations, businesses and residents come together daily to make Los Angeles a more…

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