Posts Tagged Pollution Prevention

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.…

LA Settles into the Plastic Bag Ban

In many ways, it could have been any Saturday afternoon at the supermarket. Angelenos in workout wear hustled in and out of the automatic doors carrying bags of groceries to restock the fridge for the week ahead. But January 4 was different. Three days earlier, Los Angeles became the largest city in the U.S. to…

Pollution Prevention Is Kind To All Animals

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Public Education Manager This week the American Humane Association is celebrating Be Kind To Animals Week – a time created to encourage compassion towards animals. While it’s easy for us animal lovers to list the ways we’ll be kind to animals this week, (volunteer at a local animal shelter or consider…

Gobbling Up Trash in Echo Park

For years, the northeast corner of Sunset and Echo Park Boulevards was synonymous with trash and litter. If you walked past at just about any time of the day or night, you would see Styrofoam cups, bottles and cans as well as trash-packed plastic bags overflowing from the corner’s wire mesh trash can and spilling…

An Interview with Rainwater Harvester Christopher McKinnon

Rain barrels are pretty neat. They connect to downspouts and capture water so that it doesn’t run into the storm drains after a heavy rain, ultimately reducing the pollution that makes it into our waterways. The collected water can then be used for various purposes like watering a garden or plants. The LA Stormwater Program…

City of Los Angeles Opens South LA Wetlands Park

City officials and community stakeholders celebrated the grand opening of the much-anticipated, nine-acre South Los Angeles Wetlands Park. This expansive and innovative park, once the site of a former MTA bus yard, provides the community with an urban oasis, education center and passive recreational nature center in the heart of South Los Angeles. “Today, our…

Healing the Bay, and Beyond

Mark Gold was the first hire of Heal the Bay after having volunteered for the young organization since 1986. Twenty-five years later, Mark has stepped down as the organization’s president in order to become an associate director of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Now, we would never try to sum up two decades…

Generation Earth Is Bettering A Watershed Near You!

Clean water is a team effort and Generation Earth is helping the LA Stormwater Program’s efforts in educating our City by providing kids and teachers with the opportunity to become engaged in their local communities and schools. Generation Earth, an environmental education program of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, organizes Water Pollution…

5 Ways To Make Your Home Water-Friendly

  When the urban runoff from thousands of individual homes in LA comes together, whether it’s from wasteful practices or natural rainfall, it can end up carrying trash, debris, oil, grease, fertilizers and other toxic chemicals, in addition to bacteria and viruses, into our local waterways. Clearly, this has a huge impact on our local…

City To Break Ground On Water Quality Project At Temescal Canyon Park In The Pacific Palisades

The City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works will begin construction of the Temescal Canyon Park Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) project in January 2012 and will continue through fall 2013. The nearly two-year, $8-million stormwater infrastructure enhancement will help the City of Los Angeles meet state and federal water quality guidelines by keeping…

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