Watersheds

Woofing Around LA’s Watersheds

Calling all dog owners: keep your pets active this summer by heading to a paw-friendly park in your local watershed! Wait, what’s a watershed you might ask? Simply put, a watershed is an area of land that collects water and redirects it to a river, lake, or ocean. Did you know that any surface street…

Albion Riverside Park Breaks Ground

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Gil Cedillo joined City staff and community members on May 6 to break ground on the much-anticipated Albion Riverside Park. The six-acre triangle-shaped project site is situated adjacent to the Los Angeles River, north of Main Street and south of Spring Street. In 2009, the City of Los…

The Rebirth of Our River

We end our year-long series on Los Angeles’ watersheds by focusing on LA’s largest – the Los Angeles River watershed. Father Juan Crespi of the 1769 Spanish Portola expedition was the first to write about the LA River and its surrounding valley, describing “Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de la Porciúncula” as a “beautiful wide…

It’s Easy To Be Green

Drive through Los Angeles these days and you’re bound to notice something that we Angelenos haven’t seen in a long time – vibrant hills covered in emerald blankets of grass. The heavy rains of the last few months have brought LA’s hillsides and parks back to life, reminding us that despite the fact that we…

Wandering LA’s Wetlands

February 2 was World Wetlands Day, which has us thinking about how much we love LA’s wetlands. A haven for a wide variety of wildlife and plants, wetlands also help filter, clean and store water. When it rains, they act like a big sponge, soaking up water and preventing flooding. They’re also a great place to…

Machado Lake To Shine In 2017

With more than 90% of its land area developed, Los Angeles’ Dominguez Channel Watershed is undoubtedly the southland’s most impervious. Located in the southern portion of the Los Angeles Basin, the watershed includes more than eight cities as well as portions of unincorporated LA County. Its 70,000 acres of drainage area include several bodies of…

Ballona Creek Prepares For Big And Small Projects

Ballona Creek was a vastly different watershed when Los Angeles became a city in 1781. Researchers believe that the watershed was home to 14,000 acres of wetlands featuring meadows, fresh water ponds and thickets of Willow trees. It even had a different name – Ballena. There is no word “Ballona” in the Spanish language. One…

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…

It’s an A for Santa Monica Bay

The beach is synonymous with summer here in Southern California. From collecting seashells with the kids to building sand castles just beyond the waters edge…from catching El Porto’s best waves at dawn to walks along Will Rogers State Beach at sunset…every Angeleno has their favorite summer beach activity. And, we’re proud to say that all…

For Ballona’s Birds [SLIDESHOW]

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Smack dab in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles’ west side is Ballona Wetlands, a natural oasis for creatures of all different persuasions. When one visits the freshwater marsh portion of Ballona’s wetlands, as I did recently on a bright and blustery spring day, it is…

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