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For Ballona’s Birds [SLIDESHOW]

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Smack dab in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles’ west side is Ballona Wetlands, a natural oasis for creatures of all different persuasions. When one visits the freshwater marsh portion of Ballona’s wetlands, as I did recently on a bright and blustery spring day, it is…

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Clean Water Pop Quiz

You’ve heard of sewer lines, storm drains and purple pipes, but how much do you really know about clean water? For example, did you know that LA has more than 10,500 miles of sewer lines, stormwater drains and purple pipes under the ground? You’re probably standing over one right now! Test your know-how by taking the Clean Water…

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Tips for a Fire-Wise Garden

With all the recent talk about California’s historic drought, we’re all pretty familiar about water-wise gardening. But with scorching summer heat and barbecues, have you prepared your garden to be fire-wise as well? Below are four fire-wise tips to keep your family and home safe during this season of burgers on the barbie: Assess Your Fire Risk.…

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…

Rory M. Shaw Wetlands Park Breaks Ground

Officials from the City and County of Los Angeles, along with local residents, community groups and family members of the late Rory M. Shaw, gathered on September 20 at the future site of the Rory M. Shaw Wetlands Park to break ground on this Sun Valley watershed project.  The Sun Valley Watershed – Rory M.…

We Have a Dream

At LA Stormwater, we like to dream big. We have a dream that one day the ocean will be free of plastic and other litter. Beaches won’t need to be closed after a rainstorm and aquatic life will flourish. We have a dream that water will be conserved as a precious natural resource. Sprinklers will…

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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His Love of the Sea

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater “Pssst! It’s time to wake up!” Daddy whispered, as he gently nudged me and my sister awake. I slowly opened my eyes and saw that it was still dark outside. Half-awake, we quietly dressed in the dim light and made our way outside and into the crisp morning. I could…

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…

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