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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…

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10 Ways to Weather El Niño

With California battling its fourth year of severe drought, it’s no wonder the prospect of an El Niño rainy season gets us excited. If current predictions are correct, LA could get more than 30 inches of rain in the next 12 months! Unfortunately, all of that rainfall will likely bring flooding and mudslides, as well as…

LA’s Historic Storms [Slideshow]

El Niño tracking didn’t begin until the 1950s, but Los Angeles has weathered a long history of epic storms and devastating floods. The following two slideshows cover more than 130 years of LA storms from the pre-channelization of the LA River to the previous El Niño in 1997 and the soggy rainy season of 2010. 1880-1959 From 1880-1938, flooding…

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Biking for Better Waterways

Some 80 percent of the pollution in our oceans comes from land—and cars are a major culprit. Every day, the engines in our cars and trucks dribble small drops of oil onto our LA roads and parking lots. From there, it’s a short trek out to sea. Help curb car pollution by biking. It’s a…

Rapidly Loving LA’s River

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater I have been intrigued by the Los Angeles River since the 1970s when, as a young girl, I was traveling up the 5 Freeway in Elysian Valley and noticed painted cat faces peering out at me from the river’s storm drain outlets. My fascination with this river has only grown since. I’ve…

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Flocking to the LA River, Part 2

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater She swam confidently through the low-hanging bushes that edged the river. She eyed me and my zoom lens with suspicion and moved back into the shadows. I slowly crept along the river’s embankment with my camera poised, not wanting to spook her. What followed her out of the shadows made…

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Flocking to the LA River, Part 1

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater With two recreational zones open this summer on the Los Angeles River, I thought I’d take advantage of the close proximity to the river my office enjoys and stroll along its banks with my camera. For the more than 10 years that I have been working in the Elysian Valley,…

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LA River Welcomes New Greenway

The Los Angeles River welcomed a new green space today when city officials opened a new river greenway. Located within the footprint of the Los Angeles-Glendale Water Reclamation Plant, which resides on the banks of the LA River in the Atwater Village portion of the river, the new greenway will provide a welcome respite for…

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:…

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…

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