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…

Environmental Fun For The Holidays

Happy Holidays from LA Stormwater! The kids are out of school and the holidays are upon us. While it’s always fun to have your children at home, with all that needs to be done, we know you’ll be looking for activities to keep your little elves entertained and occupied while you wrap presents, bake another…

LA Launches LACityBag.com

City of Los Angeles officials today launched LACityBag.com as part of its Bring-Your-Own-Bag Campaign and in anticipation of the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance that takes effect on January 1, 2014.  “LACityBag.com provides useful information for both shoppers and retailers about the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance and its benefits to our marine environment,” said Commissioner Barbara Romero of the Board of…

SAFE Centers Now Gobble Up Turkey Frying Oil

In preparation for the coming holiday season, LA Sanitation is now accepting household fryer oil at local SAFE (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, Electronics) Centers, announces LA Sanitation Executive Director Enrique C. Zaldivar.  “If you are frying a turkey for the holidays, remember that pouring the oil down the kitchen sink or drain can clog your house…

America Recycles Day is November 15

On America Recycles Day, the Los Angeles Board of Public Works thanked Angelenos for their partnership with LA Sanitation and support of the City’s Residential Curbside Blue Bin Recycling Program. The City services 750,000 single family dwellings (530,000 single-family and 220,000 buildings up to four units) with Black (trash), Blue (recyclables) and Green (yard trimmings) collection…

Got Leaves?

Leaves, leaves, everywhere!  Anyone with trees and shrubs around their home is experiencing a bounty of fallen leaves this time of year. And while fall colors can be visually stunning, what does one do with all those fallen leaves after the kids are finished having leaf fights and jumping into leaf piles? Here are a…

Historic Cascades Open For LA Aqueduct Centennial

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is opening The Cascades in Sylmar to the public in celebration of the Los Angeles Aqueduct’s Centennial. This rare opportunity will allow members of the public to see up close an important piece of water infrastructure that marks the southern terminus of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. The…

Don’t Be A Trash Monster!

Halloween will be here before you can say, “Boo!” So, as you prepare for that spooky, kooky holiday coming up at the end of this month, take a few minutes to incorporate these simple stormwater-friendly tricks and tips into your autumn activities.  Batman – Ban that Bag! When your little super heroes and princesses go…

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