The Buzz on Stagnant Water: Post-Storm Mosquito Control

It’s hard to find a downside to drought-quenching rainfalls like we had last month. But all of that glorious rainwater can easily collect and turn into a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes. When it comes to laying eggs, nature’s peskiest bugs favor the shallow standing water that tends to pool outside your home after a…

From Mediocre to Magnificent

If you have been driving up and down Woodman Avenue between Lanark and Saticoy Streets this past year, you probably noticed quite a few changes taking place along this avenue’s previously vegetation-challenged median. Earlier this month, the City of Los Angeles cut the ribbon on a brand new median that is not only aesthetically pleasing…

Rainwater Harvesting How-To

Even in good times, Los Angeles isn’t breaking records for rainfall. We get only about 15 inches each year—mostly in the winter and early spring. But coming off the driest year on record, the potential for a series of storms this week makes us giddy. You can make the most of the soaker by installing…

Pollution Solution: Recycling Used Motor Oil is Fast and Free!

Changing your own motor oil is a smart way to save cash, but carelessly tossing the used sludge is seriously bad news for our rivers, creeks and bays. Along with toxic chemicals, used motor oil is loaded with lead, arsenic, and other metallic compounds that wear off from your engine over time. When dumped into…

Ask LA Stormwater: Can dog waste go in the green bin?

A: First, we want to thank you for picking up your dog waste! A single gram of dog poop can contain 23 million fecal coliform bacteria, which has health risks for other dogs and humans as well as our local rivers, lakes and bays. Now back to your question. You cannot dispose of pet waste—even…

Go For The Gold!

Everyone has Olympics fever with the Winter Games taking place in Sochi this month. In the spirit of the Olympics and just for fun, we ask this question: Are you a gold, silver or bronze medalist in the area of protecting our environment? Answer the questions below to discover which medal you would receive if…

Ask LA Stormwater: How Can I Conserve Water?

A: That’s the million dollar question ever since Governor Brown urged every Californian to cut their water use by 20%. Angelenos typically use about 129 gallons of water every day. To keep in step with the Governor, we need to save 30 gallons a day. (The more, the better, of course.) Luckily there are some…

Welcome Back, Whales!

by Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater  It seemed like a great idea. Let’s go whale watching! Countless migrating pods of Pacific Gray whales, Blue whales, Humpbacks – even Orcas – had recently been spotted just beyond Santa Monica Bay. My husband and I hadn’t been whale watching in years and our young son had never been.…

LA Settles into the Plastic Bag Ban

In many ways, it could have been any Saturday afternoon at the supermarket. Angelenos in workout wear hustled in and out of the automatic doors carrying bags of groceries to restock the fridge for the week ahead. But January 4 was different. Three days earlier, Los Angeles became the largest city in the U.S. to…

Five Eco-Resolutions You’ll Keep

Let’s be honest. The lifespan of a typical New Year’s resolution is roughly that of a housefly. Somewhere around 15 to 30 days after making a solemn vow to go to the gym every morning, we start getting sluggish. We hit the snooze button a few extra times and promise to make up lost workouts…

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