A Summer of Clean Water

Welcome to the middle of summer – a time when we are all looking to cool off in or near clean water! Are you curious about how the City of Los Angeles is working to keep our rivers, creeks lakes and beaches clean during the hottest season of the year? Then be sure and check…

LA Bans Plastic Bags

On June 25, the Los Angeles City Council made history and made Los Angeles the largest municipality in the United States to ban single-use plastic bags.  Two days later, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed the plastic bag ban ordinance into law. “This will make for a cleaner, greener LA,” Mayor Villaraigosa stated. “Every year we use…

Stars and Stripes and Stormwater

Who among us won’t be celebrating the 4th of July with a picnic at a park or a visit to one of our local beaches? LA County officials estimate that more than 1 million people visit LA County beaches to enjoy the water and the fireworks displays that light up Southern California’s coast on Independence…

Lady, Lake and Lotuses Blossom Again

Angelenos spread out their blankets and picnic lunches in the shade on lush, green grass…children romped on a shiny new playground…Terns dipped and darted over the lake…neighbors laughed and talked as they strolled… everyone oohed and ahhed over the pink and yellow Lotus blooms… On a sunny day in the middle of June, Echo Park Lake…

Echo Park Lake Celebration

Join Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti, elected city officials and representatives from the Departments of Public Works and Recreation and Parks to celebrate the grand re-opening of Echo Park Lake after a two-year rehabilitation project funded by the 2004 voter-approved Proposition O.  The City of Los Angeles began the Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation Project in 2011 to…

Caught and Charged

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich and Councilmember Jose Huizar recently announced charges against two suspects who were caught on camera allegedly dumping illegal waste in El Sereno. LA Stormwater’s very own environmental compliance inspectors Howard Wong and Gonzalo Barriga were instrumental in the investigation, securing the video footage and providing the evidence that led to a…

June Events Provide The Power To Protect

World Oceans Day is celebrated annually on June 8. This year’s theme is that together we have the power to protect the ocean. With summer kicking off later this month, why not get involved in an event that will raise your awareness about the challenges facing our planet’s oceans or taking part in a clean-up…

Time To Summerize LA!

Even though the official start of summer is June 21, here in Southern California, we all know that summer really begins on Memorial Day weekend. It’s the beginning of a fun-filled season packed with trips to the beach, picnics at the park and backyard pool parties. Here are a few simple tips to keep you…

20th Kids Ocean Day Encourages Us To Listen

More than 3,500 Los Angeles students, teachers and volunteers participated in the 20th annual Kids Ocean Day Adopt-A-Beach Clean-Up at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa Del Rey and formed a giant boy holding a shell that says “Listen.” By taking a stand in the sand, the children alerted the world about the need to protect…

Pollution Prevention Is Kind To All Animals

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Public Education Manager This week the American Humane Association is celebrating Be Kind To Animals Week – a time created to encourage compassion towards animals. While it’s easy for us animal lovers to list the ways we’ll be kind to animals this week, (volunteer at a local animal shelter or consider…

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