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…

Rapidly Loving LA’s River

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater I have been intrigued by the Los Angeles River since the 1970s when, as a young girl, I was traveling up the 5 Freeway in Elysian Valley and noticed painted cat faces peering out at me from the river’s storm drain outlets. My fascination with this river has only grown since. I’ve…

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…

Pollution Solution: Paint It Blue

A fresh coat of paint is the perfect way to liven up your home. But here’s one not-so-pretty part of adding new color to your living space: each year, about 10 percent of all paint purchased in the U.S. goes unused, and some of that leftover paint winds up in our waterways. Without careful handling…

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His Love of the Sea

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater “Pssst! It’s time to wake up!” Daddy whispered, as he gently nudged me and my sister awake. I slowly opened my eyes and saw that it was still dark outside. Half-awake, we quietly dressed in the dim light and made our way outside and into the crisp morning. I could…

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Flocking to the LA River, Part 2

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater She swam confidently through the low-hanging bushes that edged the river. She eyed me and my zoom lens with suspicion and moved back into the shadows. I slowly crept along the river’s embankment with my camera poised, not wanting to spook her. What followed her out of the shadows made…

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Flocking to the LA River, Part 1

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater With two recreational zones open this summer on the Los Angeles River, I thought I’d take advantage of the close proximity to the river my office enjoys and stroll along its banks with my camera. For the more than 10 years that I have been working in the Elysian Valley,…

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LA River Welcomes New Greenway

The Los Angeles River welcomed a new green space today when city officials opened a new river greenway. Located within the footprint of the Los Angeles-Glendale Water Reclamation Plant, which resides on the banks of the LA River in the Atwater Village portion of the river, the new greenway will provide a welcome respite for…

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…

The Sun and Sea: Kids Ocean Day 2014

You’d think after two-plus decades, Kids Ocean Day would become ho-hum. But every year, when those first school buses begin winding their way down the beach access road at Dockweiler State Beach, our hearts skip a beat. Watching thousands of Los Angeles school children come together for a massive beach cleanup and aerial art performance…

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