Posts Tagged Stormwater

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…

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…

Celebrating the Ballona Creek Watershed

If you have lived in the Los Angeles area for any amount of time, or are just a fan of ecological gems in the area, than you have likely heard of Ballona Creek and its important watershed that surrounds it. The creek may not have the same reputation as the LA River, but that doesn’t…

Paula Daniels Leaves Board of Public Works to Rally New Sustainable Food System For Los Angeles

By Tonya E. Durrell When I sat down with Paula Daniels, Senior Advisor to Mayor Villaraigosa, to talk about her new role in jumpstarting a sustainable regional food system in the City, it was clear that she would approach the challenge with the same savvy and vigor she brought to the Board of Public Works…

How Are You Celebrating National Water Quality Month?

Did you know that the month of August is National Water Quality Month? Yeah, we knew there was a reason we loved this month so much. It’s a perfect time to look at how we can improve local water quality by following a few simple tips! How are water quality and stormwater related? Here’s how:…

Celebrate the Completion of Westside Park Rainwater Irrigation Project!

The LA Stormwater Program invites you to the Grand Opening Celebration of the Westside Park Rainwater Irrigation Project on Saturday, July 23rd at 11am (details below). The Prop O funded project at the park is significant for the quality of life of the surrounding community and the health of the coastal environment. Runoff from approximately…

Top Ten Water Pollution Facts

Below are a few water pollution facts that all clean water lovers should know (and share with their friends)! #1: When it rains water runs directly into L.A.’s storm drains where the water flows into our local waterways and then the ocean. This stormwater is much different than sewer water, as it is not connected…

Attend the 5/5 LID Meeting and Comment on the Handbook

Dear Clean Water Supporter: Much has happened since our previous Low Impact Development (LID) stakeholder meeting in January. We have completed the first draft of the LID Handbook and are pleased to provide it to you for your review and comment. Our staff has also been working with the City Attorney’s Office on finalizing the…

Friends of the LA River: Interview with Shelly Backlar

Shelly Backlar is the executive director of the not-for-profit Friends of the LA River (FoLAR), an advocacy group that promotes the restoration and revitalization of the river. She recently spoke with LA Stormwater about FoLAR and some of the issues they are currently tackling. When and why was the Friends of the LA River (FoLAR)…

Monthly Events: Be an Eco-Champion this October!

The heat wave is behind us. That means one less excuse for not getting out into the sunshine for a day of eco volunteering. Below are a few great opportunities to build community and help make our city a bit more green. >On Thursday, October 7th, come out to Park Work Day in Beverly Hills…

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