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Albion Riverside Park Breaks Ground

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilmember Gil Cedillo joined City staff and community members on May 6 to break ground on the much-anticipated Albion Riverside Park. The six-acre triangle-shaped project site is situated adjacent to the Los Angeles River, north of Main Street and south of Spring Street. In 2009, the City of Los…

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…

It’s Easy To Be Green

Drive through Los Angeles these days and you’re bound to notice something that we Angelenos haven’t seen in a long time – vibrant hills covered in emerald blankets of grass. The heavy rains of the last few months have brought LA’s hillsides and parks back to life, reminding us that despite the fact that we…

Avalon Green Alley Network Opens

California State Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, along with Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr. of the New 9th, Commissioner Heather Repenning of the Board of Public Works, and other city officials commemorated the opening of the Avalon Green Alley Network with a ribbon cutting, community celebration and resource fair Saturday, October 22. Featured in the New York…

Kids Ocean Day

Kids Ocean Day Dreams of a Litter-Free Ocean

It was a dreamy day at the 23rd annual Kids Ocean Day. Like in years past, more than 4,000 kids, teachers and volunteers scoured the sand at Dockweiler State Beach, picking up pieces of plastic and other litter, before forming an aerial art display. This year’s aerial art highlighted the diversity of the ocean by…

Vauxs Swifts

Migratory Birds Sweep into DTLA

Every autumn, Angelenos make their way downtown at sunset, turning their eyes towards the night sky to catch a glimpse of Vaux’s swifts as they make their migration south. Vaux’s swifts (pronounced voxes) are a bit of a mystery. We don’t know where they spend the winter or much about their migration path. But we…

El Nino

Preparing for El Niño and El Monstruo

It’s been almost two decades since the last strong El Niño, but in the wake of Tropical Storm Dolores that dumped record-breaking amounts of rain on Los Angeles last month, many are speculating that our region’s next El Niño may already be here. Talk to experts and you’ll hear that the weather phenomenon sports a…

Lauren Canyon

Saving Lots of Drops

In this environment of drought and climate change, creating and building projects that will capture rainwater in LA’s impervious communities is a challenge that we must meet. The Southern California Water Replenishment District estimates that in a single year alone, Los Angeles loses 58 trillion gallons of water to the ocean because of its paved…

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…

Mama-Duck-and-ducklings

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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