New Law Gets LA Closer to Waste Reduction Goal

Mandatory commercial recycling became effective in California on July 1 as a result of Assembly Bill 341. According to the new legislation, businesses that have more than four cubic yards of trash per week, or multifamily residential properties with five or more units, are required to arrange for recycling services. Property owners can comply by…

What Goes Around Comes Around Again

In the mid-1800s, a water wheel graced the Los Angeles River, bringing water from El Rio Porciuncula to Los Angeles, which was a newly established pueblo. The Zanja Madre (or Mother Ditch) was the open-air earthen ditch that carried the much-needed water from the river, across the present day Corn Fields to a brick reservoir,…

From Oil Spills to Movie Stills, They See it All

“There’s been a toxic spill in the San Fernando Valley.” “I’m calling to report 10 leaking, abandoned drums near the Port of Los Angeles.”    “I’m seeing a milky substance flowing into the street and it smells really bad – like chemicals!” Every month the City’s Stormwater Hotline receives hundreds of calls just like this…

Back to School Stormwater Tips

We know what you’re thinking. “Is it time to go back to school already?” With everyone beginning to prepare for that first day back in class, we wanted to offer a few stormwater tips for parents, teachers and students as we all get ready for another school year. 1. Talk to your child’s teacher about…

Operation Healthy Streets Removes Five Tons of Trash

On July 6 the City of Los Angeles ended Operation Healthy Streets, a comprehensive program to address public health risks in the Skid Row neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles. The program focused on eliminating hazards that posed immediate health threats to those encamped on the sidewalks of Skid Row, as well as to those who…

Echoes of the Lake to Come

Mid-July has traditionally been the time of year that Angelenos enjoy the Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake. Although the Lotus Festival isn’t happening this year, now seems like a good time to provide an update on the construction project that is currently going on at Echo Park Lake. The Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation Project…

Proposition O: Focused on Clean Water

Here we are in the middle of summer, a time when temps rise and our collective focus is on clean water – swimming in it, playing near it, boating on it. So, we thought this would be a good time to update you on Proposition O, the $500 million voter-approved clean water program to clean…

Preventing Pollution is Patriotic

July 4th is one of the most popular beach days of the year. Officials estimate that more than 1 million people visit LA County beaches to enjoy the water and the fireworks displays that light up Santa Monica Bay on Independence Day. If you plan on spending anytime at one of our local beaches over…

Work Like (And With) A Dog

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Public Education Manager I don’t know about you, but I love the idea of taking my dog to work! Dodger, my 10-year old furry friend, would be the perfect office companion. He’d keep my feet warm during the winter, remind me that occasional breaks are important, and keep my workmates…

Students Defend the Sea at Kids Ocean Day

More than 5,000 Los Angeles students, teachers and volunteers convened on June 7 at Dockweiler State Beach to celebrate the 19th annual Kids Ocean Day.  The participants cleaned the beach and formed a massive kid-designed shark and shield to “Defend the Sea” from a modern day sea monster – every day plastic litter. The activity…

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