Heal the Bay Gives the Grades

Just in time for the kickoff to summer this Memorial Day weekend, Heal the Bay has released its 19th annual Beach Report Card (BRC), with information on the status of California’s coastline. Heal the Bay’s BRC provides water quality information to the millions of people who swim, surf, or dive in California coastal waters. Reported…

Home Improvement Stores Join the Team Effort for Pollution Prevention

As part of our program’s public outreach efforts, stormwater staff members visit home improvement stores through the City of Los Angeles to teach employees the fundamentals of pollution prevention. Our goal is to educate as many employees as possible on the proper use and disposal of paint, pesticides and fertilizers with the idea that they…

New Stormwater Permit Adopted for Ventura County

Last Thursday, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted new regulations for Ventura County aimed at keeping local waterways and beaches clean. The newly adopted National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit will be shared by Ventura County government and all 10 cities within county limits. The persistence of pollution in the waters…

Upcoming Machado Lake Restoration Meeting

Machado Lake and its surrounding environment are in need of a major recovery effort. The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board has identified the lake as an impaired water body for DDT, PCBs, pesticides, ammonia, algae, eutrophic conditions, trash, and odor, all of which have negatively affected human as well as aquatic health. This…

Team Effort Ads Encourage a Call to Action

A Message from Shahram Kharaghani, City of Los Angeles Stormwater Program Manager We’re hitting the streets! A spring time Team Effort advertising campaign will share the Stormwater Program’s vision of a socially-responsible Los Angeles. Our approach aims to inspire residents to become part of the solution and play a role in keeping their neighborhoods clean.…

Program Praised From Sun Valley to Dockweiler Beach

The Los Angeles Stormwater Program recently received kudos for its public education and flood prevention programs. The first award, for public education, was received on January 10 from the Los Angeles Basin Section (LABS) of the California Water Environment Association (CWEA). In addition to the LABS award, the Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation…

It Takes a Village: Local Activists Organize to Clean-up LA

A number of clean-ups around Los Angeles are scheduled this spring, and in order for each to be successful the community’s participation is crucial. A “Team Effort” for clean water is exemplified in the interviews below, because their clean-up efforts are what help to make the vision of pollution-free rivers, lakes and oceans a reality.…

A Fresh Approach to a Stinky Problem

Have you ever been walking your dog and suddenly realized that you’d forgotten to bring a bag to pick up after your four-legged friend? Well, if you are going to be in any of a number of parks this spring, you may be in luck! The City of Los Angeles Stormwater Program will be installing…

Public Weighs In on Heavy Metals and Bacteria Pollution

On March 3, 2009 the City of Los Angeles Stormwater Program held the second of three stakeholder workshops to discuss the Ballona Creek Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Implementation Plans or—in laymen’s terms—plans that will identify stormwater projects for improving the water quality of Ballona Creek and the Estuary. The City of Los Angeles Watershed…

Not One Bus Lost for Kids Ocean Day

Donations poured in and grant makers increased their contribution to make it all possible. The California Coastal Commission, LA Best, the City of Los Angeles, LA City Council Members gave buses and schools stepped up during the call to help for KIDS OCEAN DAY. KIDS OCEAN DAY has a lot of partners out in the…

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