The Ocean Waves “Happy Spring!”

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Exploring Southern California tide pools is one of my favorite pastimes. I love gazing into the shallow water and peering under rocks searching for the Pacific’s shoreline residents. My son, a nature enthusiast as well, enjoys keeping an ongoing tally of all the sea creatures we come across when we…

First-Time Rain Barrel Owner [Interview]

Jan Flor had never given much thought to owning a rain barrel. But when she heard in November 2014 that Keep Los Angeles Beautiful was giving away free 55-gallon rain barrels that had been repurposed from Coca-Cola corn syrup tubs, she rushed to sign up. “I thought, Wow, this would be a really easy way…

Marieta Francis, Algalita Marine Research & Education

In 1994, Captain Charles Moore founded Algalita Marine Research and Education with the aim of restoring disappearing kelp forests and improving water quality along the California Coast. The Captain thought Algalita meant “little algae” in Spanish (it doesn’t), but after more than two decades, the name certainly has come to mean “great ocean defender.” Algalita…

The State of Stormwater

It’s a new year, which seems like the perfect time to take stock of LA Stormwater. What’s going well? What needs a little extra oomph? And where can each one of us make a positive difference in the health of our local creeks, rivers and ocean? Let’s take a look… Water Conservation We’ve had a…

University Park Rain Gardens To Grow

This coming spring and summer dozens of new gardens will begin growing in the University Park area of Los Angeles, but residents won’t be harvesting cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes from the soil in these gardens. Instead, these new gardens will be harvesting an even more precious resource during this time of unprecedented drought – rainwater.…

The Year in Stormwater

We’re glass half full types here at LA Stormwater. So when the end of the year comes around, we don’t think of it as growing older, but becoming wiser. It helps offset the shock of another 12 months whizzing by in a blur. Another thing that helps is to take an inventory of all the…

Eco-Tips for Your Holiday Kitchen

The holidays are here, which means many of us will be spending hours (or perhaps days!) in the kitchen, prepping for and preparing festive meals for our family and friends. Even in your kitchen, you can adopt simple good housekeeping practices that will protect our local rivers, creeks, lakes and bays from pollutants by keeping…

Capturing Opportunities

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater “Mom, what does a rain barrel look like? I want to make one and catch some rain!” stated my 7-year old son as the rain began to fall earlier this week. He proceeded to get out his Legos and “build” a very colorful rain barrel. Granted his rain barrel ended…

Thankful for Friends

by Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Earlier this month, we here at LA Stormwater had a Best Friends-themed weekend in more ways than one. Two of our staff members attended the NKLA Best Friends Super Adoption at the La Brea Tar Pits, distributing free dog waste bag canisters and tip cards to potential dog adopters. That…

Proposition O Turns 10!

A decade ago, on November 2, 2004, an overwhelming majority (76%) of Los Angeles residents passed a $500 million water bond known as Proposition O. We didn’t know it then, but it would turn out to be a proactive move.  Back in 2004, most people weren’t thinking about a drought like we are today. In…

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