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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,…

Do LA Beaches Make the Grade?

As we get close to the end of another school year, students are nervously awaiting their final grades. It’s no different here at LA Stormwater. Today Heal the Bay released their 2014 Beach Report Card and we’re proud to report that our efforts are paying off! Los Angeles is enjoying improved water quality at most…

Small Actions Make a Huge Difference

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Just before midnight, I stood in my front yard in my pajamas and bare feet staring up at a full moon that looked like someone had taken a bite out of it. The “blood moon” eclipse had begun. For the next half hour, I watched as darkness slowly crept across…

Creating Enhanced Watersheds

They greeted each other as old friends, enthusiastically shaking hands and smiling at one another. They reminisced about their work over the last few decades and spoke excitedly about the task ahead of them. They used acronyms like IRWMP, and BMP and IRP and no one asked for clarification. They nodded in unison when speakers…

Welcome Back, Whales!

by Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater  It seemed like a great idea. Let’s go whale watching! Countless migrating pods of Pacific Gray whales, Blue whales, Humpbacks – even Orcas – had recently been spotted just beyond Santa Monica Bay. My husband and I hadn’t been whale watching in years and our young son had never been.…

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…

Water LA Works To Capture, Conserve, Reuse

For almost 20 years, Melanie Winter has dedicated her life’s work to revitalizing the Los Angeles River and educating Angelenos about the richness and beauty of LA’s founding water body. She established The River Project in 2001 with the mission of working towards a living Los Angeles River, nourished by a healthy watershed. She played an…

Come Celebrate Migrating Gray Whales!

Ready to go whale watching? Ready to learn more about the Pacific Gray Whales that are migrating along Southern California’s coast this time of year? Then the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Whale Fiesta, scheduled from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. this coming Sunday, January 27, 2013 is the place for you! Celebrating its 43rd anniversary, this…

Resolve to Solve With January Events

Happy 2013! Do you have your list of New Year’s resolutions in front of you? What? You haven’t even started it yet? Well, it’s not too late and, now is the perfect time to add a few resolutions that give back to the environment. Resolve to solve the pollution challenges facing LA’s rivers, creeks, lakes…

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