Stormwater Programs

Discover Your Watershed Moment!

From Los Angeles River to Ballona Creek, from Dominguez Channel to Santa Monica Bay, every Angeleno lives in a watershed and possesses the power to protect it! LA Sanitation’s Watershed Protection Program strives to protect local rivers, creeks, lakes, and beaches. Together we can keep our waterways free of pollution. Let us help you discover…

Beyond the Classroom

LA’s kids have been in school for a little more than a week, learning the signature “three R’s” – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. But, we all know that learning is not confined to the classroom. In fact, lessons can be learned anywhere and at anytime! Below is a listing of opportunities here in Southern California…

From Runoff To Resource

Here at the City of Los Angeles Watershed Protection Program, we are always striving to develop and implement new ways to keep LA’s creeks, rivers, lakes and ocean clean. Now this award-winning program is implementing innovative projects and initiatives to capture, use and/or infiltrate rainwater as well. Take a look at how our four core…

LA’s Historic Storms [Slideshow]

El Niño tracking didn’t begin until the 1950s, but Los Angeles has weathered a long history of epic storms and devastating floods. The following two slideshows cover more than 130 years of LA storms from the pre-channelization of the LA River to the previous El Niño in 1997 and the soggy rainy season of 2010. 1880-1959 From 1880-1938, flooding…

Ocean Schools Belong In Your School

Information about our oceans’ schools of fish and myriad other facts about our seas belong in school with your children! Learning about our planet’s many oceans, the critters who call it their home and teaching children about the positive impact their behavior can have on our oceans can be powerful! From fun field trips to…

LA Rain Gardens Blossom with Beauty and Benefits

Finding the balance between water – its availability, usage and conservation – is a big part of the ongoing conversation here in California. We live in a state with limited water supplies, so finding solutions to our state’s ongoing water challenges is an issue that isn’t going to go away anytime soon. One program that…

Thinking Outside the Box

Are you the organizer of your local farmer’s market?  Is your neighborhood council planning an autumn resource fair? Are you helping a local rescue group host a dog adoption event? Would you like to have free City of Los Angeles Stormwater Program outreach materials at an upcoming community event? If you answered yes to any…

From Oil Spills to Movie Stills, They See it All

“There’s been a toxic spill in the San Fernando Valley.” “I’m calling to report 10 leaking, abandoned drums near the Port of Los Angeles.”    “I’m seeing a milky substance flowing into the street and it smells really bad – like chemicals!” Every month the City’s Stormwater Hotline receives hundreds of calls just like this…

Back to School Stormwater Tips

We know what you’re thinking. “Is it time to go back to school already?” With everyone beginning to prepare for that first day back in class, we wanted to offer a few stormwater tips for parents, teachers and students as we all get ready for another school year. 1. Talk to your child’s teacher about…

Operation Healthy Streets Removes Five Tons of Trash

On July 6 the City of Los Angeles ended Operation Healthy Streets, a comprehensive program to address public health risks in the Skid Row neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles. The program focused on eliminating hazards that posed immediate health threats to those encamped on the sidewalks of Skid Row, as well as to those who…

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