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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,…

Pathway next to LA River

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:…

From Mediocre to Magnificent

If you have been driving up and down Woodman Avenue between Lanark and Saticoy Streets this past year, you probably noticed quite a few changes taking place along this avenue’s previously vegetation-challenged median. Earlier this month, the City of Los Angeles cut the ribbon on a brand new median that is not only aesthetically pleasing…

Lady, Lake and Lotuses Blossom Again

Angelenos spread out their blankets and picnic lunches in the shade on lush, green grass…children romped on a shiny new playground…Terns dipped and darted over the lake…neighbors laughed and talked as they strolled… everyone oohed and ahhed over the pink and yellow Lotus blooms… On a sunny day in the middle of June, Echo Park Lake…

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…

Ed P. Reyes Riverway Project Breaks Ground

Los Angeles City Councilmembers Ed P. Reyes and Tom LaBonge joined Public Works officials, community members and Los Angeles River enthusiasts today to celebrate the start of construction of the Lincoln Heights riverside green space named “The Ed P. Reyes Riverway.” Officials broke ground on the $4-million stormwater project originally called the Humboldt Greenway but…

Paddle the LA River Interview with LA Stormwater Staff

At the end of September, the 2012 Paddle the LA River Program wrapped up its second year, making history by providing first-time kayaking tours along a 1.5-mile stretch of the Los Angeles River. What began as a pilot program in 2011 to provide a non-motorized boating experience on the Los Angeles River at the Sepulveda…

What Goes Around Comes Around Again

In the mid-1800s, a water wheel graced the Los Angeles River, bringing water from El Rio Porciuncula to Los Angeles, which was a newly established pueblo. The Zanja Madre (or Mother Ditch) was the open-air earthen ditch that carried the much-needed water from the river, across the present day Corn Fields to a brick reservoir,…

From Oil Spills to Movie Stills, They See it All

“There’s been a toxic spill in the San Fernando Valley.” “I’m calling to report 10 leaking, abandoned drums near the Port of Los Angeles.”    “I’m seeing a milky substance flowing into the street and it smells really bad – like chemicals!” Every month the City’s Stormwater Hotline receives hundreds of calls just like this…

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