Reining in the Rain

By Ruskin Hartley, President and CEO of Heal the Bay I’d been living in Los Angeles for about six months when a three-day storm hit back in February. I had begun to wonder what all the fuss was about stormwater. Could it really be that bad? Now I know the answer is yes—but not just…

Earth Day is Ocean Day: 3 Ways to Save the Sea

The oceans take up 71 percent of the planet’s surface, so when you’re celebrating Earth Day—or Earth Month if you’re like us—it makes sense to honor the deep blue sea. Here are three ways to show your love and appreciation by protecting our precious resource. Go car-free.  Put the car in the garage and get…

FoLAR’s La Gran Limpieza: 25 Years of L.A. River Love

Centuries ago, the Los Angeles River and its banks were a lush landscape that provided original settlers much of their sustenance for everyday living. Today, Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) works to restore the river’s 51 miles to their former glory. And you can help by joining the 25th Annual La Gran Limpieza:…

Small Actions Make a Huge Difference

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Just before midnight, I stood in my front yard in my pajamas and bare feet staring up at a full moon that looked like someone had taken a bite out of it. The “blood moon” eclipse had begun. For the next half hour, I watched as darkness slowly crept across…

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…

Nuts About Natives

Maybe you’re a native-plant fanatic, enjoying the Red Fairy Dusters and California Lilacs that bloom annually in your yard…or perhaps you religiously tend to an ocean-friendly garden, ensuring its “organic-ness” by composting  and growing vegetables that make your neighbors green with envy…or maybe you’re new to the idea of planting native plants and gardening but…

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…

Machado Lake Ecosystem Rehabilitation Begins

City of Los Angeles Councilmember Joe Buscaino, public officials and Harbor City residents participated in a recent groundbreaking ceremony for the Machado Lake Ecosystem Rehabilitation Project at the Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park. “I’m pleased that this project is starting now,” said Councilmember Joe Buscaino. “We owe it to this community to restore this lake…

Happy 140th Birthday, Robert Frost

Robert Frost received acclaim for his poems about the life and landscape of New England. But at LA Stormwater, we imagine the mysterious Pacific Ocean was the inspiration for this little beauty.

9 Composting Dos & Don’ts

Composting is an eco-savvy gardener’s best friend. Food scraps and yard waste make up a whopping 30% of the stuff we throw away. Repurposing organic leftovers helps free up space in landfills, curb the greenhouse-gas emissions coming from those landfills and reduce your need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. What’s more, compost is a nutrient-rich,…

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