Posts Tagged Water Conservation

Green With Native Garden Envy

Autumn is the perfect season to start a native garden. The soil is still warm, which helps the root system of young plants grow healthy and strong, and the outdoor temperature turns cooler, putting less stress on the new plantings. And fall is water-wise. Shorter days, milder temperatures and (knock on wood) the occasional rain…

Is California’s Drought Over?

Wow! Los Angeles has seen a lot of the wet stuff in the last few weeks! It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to say this, but Los Angeles is currently above average in the amount of rainfall it has received this winter. Add to that images of raging waterfalls in Yosemite, reports…

Good News…Bad News

Do you want the good news first or the bad news? Let’s start with the good news. Californian’s plastic bag ban was upheld by voters with the passage of Proposition 67 last week. This means that effective immediately, single-use plastic bags will no longer be distributed by most grocery, convenience and liquor stores, as well…

From Runoff To Resource

Here at the City of Los Angeles Watershed Protection Program, we are always striving to develop and implement new ways to keep LA’s creeks, rivers, lakes and ocean clean. Now this award-winning program is implementing innovative projects and initiatives to capture, use and/or infiltrate rainwater as well. Take a look at how our four core…

Made in the Shade

June 21 is the official start of summer with the longest day of the year. While we often get moments of cloudiness with our “June gloom,” the summer sun can beat down and heat you up. During the drought, it’s especially important to care for the trees that provide us (and our city) with needed…

Green Grooming Tips for Your Pet

Sweltering summer temperatures can leave your pooch dirty and smelly. A cool bath can help beat the heat and make your pup clean and fresh. Keep in mind that grooming can unintentionally pollute our local waterways if runoff containing soap, flea chemicals, fur or waste runs into the storm drains. Follow these eco-friendly tips to…

An El Niño Post Mortem

When it comes to assessing El Niño 2016, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that reports from the Sierra suggest that, overall, California snowpack reached about 87 percent of the average. This means Northern California got close to the amount of water it normally receives, which helps replenish the past few…

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How Eco-Friendly is Your Home?

Celebrate this season of new beginnings and fresh starts by giving your home a quick eco-audit. Take this quiz to gauge how green your home is and learn a few easy ways you can lower your energy, water and waste.   Loading…

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The State of Stormwater 2016

As California enters its fifth year of severe drought, it’s a good time to take stock of the progress Los Angeles has made in building a brighter water future. Here’s a look at some of the latest strides the City has made to strengthen our relationship with stormwater: Stormwater-Capturing Projects From green streets to pocket…

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10 Ways to Weather El Niño

With California battling its fourth year of severe drought, it’s no wonder the prospect of an El Niño rainy season gets us excited. If current predictions are correct, LA could get more than 30 inches of rain in the next 12 months! Unfortunately, all of that rainfall will likely bring flooding and mudslides, as well as…

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