Posts Tagged stormwater pollution

Pollution Solutions: Let’s Drive It Home!

It’s possible to lessen your environmental impact when driving your car by following these easy tips. As an added bonus, these tips will also help to reduce spending at the gas pump. Always have your wheels properly inflated. It is free to pump air into your tires at most gas stations and it only takes…

Ask LA Stormwater: Can I drain my pool water into the street?

A: Yes, but there are things to consider first. Draining your pool can wreak havoc on the environment if it’s not done properly. When poured down storm drains, chemical-laden pool water ultimately makes its way to local waterways, where it can kill off fish and seriously threaten water quality. The City of Los Angeles allows…

LA’s Clean Streets Goes High Tech

In an effort to keep more than 9,100 miles of Los Angeles streets and alley clean, Mayor Eric Garcetti recently announced the most comprehensive street-by-street cleanliness assessment system in the U.S. “CleanStat” will use dashcam video footage and GIS data to provide a block-by-block assessments of the entire city every three months. Modeled after LAPD’s…

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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…

Marieta Francis, Algalita Marine Research & Education

In 1994, Captain Charles Moore founded Algalita Marine Research and Education with the aim of restoring disappearing kelp forests and improving water quality along the California Coast. The Captain thought Algalita meant “little algae” in Spanish (it doesn’t), but after more than two decades, the name certainly has come to mean “great ocean defender.” Algalita…

The State of Stormwater

It’s a new year, which seems like the perfect time to take stock of LA Stormwater. What’s going well? What needs a little extra oomph? And where can each one of us make a positive difference in the health of our local creeks, rivers and ocean? Let’s take a look… Water Conservation We’ve had a…

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…

Weather or Not, Be Prepared!

Here in Southern California, many people will say that we don’t have “weather.” We disagree! In fact, we’re entering that time of year when southeasterly monsoonal flows can creep over the mountains bringing with them a good chance for thunderstorms. So as we move through summer with its inevitable heat, humidity and occasional storm, here…

Reining in the Rain

By Ruskin Hartley, President and CEO of Heal the Bay I’d been living in Los Angeles for about six months when a three-day storm hit back in February. I had begun to wonder what all the fuss was about stormwater. Could it really be that bad? Now I know the answer is yes—but not just…

Earth Day is Ocean Day: 3 Ways to Save the Sea

The oceans take up 71 percent of the planet’s surface, so when you’re celebrating Earth Day—or Earth Month if you’re like us—it makes sense to honor the deep blue sea. Here are three ways to show your love and appreciation by protecting our precious resource. Go car-free.  Put the car in the garage and get…

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