Posts Tagged Friends of the LA River

The Rebirth of Our River

We end our year-long series on Los Angeles’ watersheds by focusing on LA’s largest – the Los Angeles River watershed. Father Juan Crespi of the 1769 Spanish Portola expedition was the first to write about the LA River and its surrounding valley, describing “Nuestra Señora de los Angeles de la Porciúncula” as a “beautiful wide…

FoLAR’s La Gran Limpieza: 25 Years of L.A. River Love

Centuries ago, the Los Angeles River and its banks were a lush landscape that provided original settlers much of their sustenance for everyday living. Today, Friends of the Los Angeles River (FoLAR) works to restore the river’s 51 miles to their former glory. And you can help by joining the 25th Annual La Gran Limpieza:…

Ocean Schools Belong In Your School

Information about our oceans’ schools of fish and myriad other facts about our seas belong in school with your children! Learning about our planet’s many oceans, the critters who call it their home and teaching children about the positive impact their behavior can have on our oceans can be powerful! From fun field trips to…

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…

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…

LA Stormwater Is Waving Thanks!

November is always a nice break from wagging our fingers, telling people not to do things, and start putting our hands together for all the amazing work that our followers, partners and volunteers have done to assist and promote the efforts of LA Stormwater. First of all, we’d like to say, to all of our…

8 Pollution Prevention Tips

Since 1993, the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) have observed the third week of each September as Pollution Prevention Week, also known as P2 Week. Unlike most environmental awareness programs, P2 Week focuses not on the usual activities such as clean-ups and renewal programs, but instead…

Find the Stream in your Neighborhood

by Joe Linton People often ask me what they can do to get involved in helping out Los Angeles’ rivers and creeks. Many ways to get involved have been covered here at the L.A. Stormwater Blog – some easy, some more involved. These include: using reusable grocery bags, tending to your pet’s poop, participating in…

Friends of the LA River: Interview with Shelly Backlar

Shelly Backlar is the executive director of the not-for-profit Friends of the LA River (FoLAR), an advocacy group that promotes the restoration and revitalization of the river. She recently spoke with LA Stormwater about FoLAR and some of the issues they are currently tackling. When and why was the Friends of the LA River (FoLAR)…

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