Posts Tagged Water Conservation

Creating Enhanced Watersheds

They greeted each other as old friends, enthusiastically shaking hands and smiling at one another. They reminisced about their work over the last few decades and spoke excitedly about the task ahead of them. They used acronyms like IRWMP, and BMP and IRP and no one asked for clarification. They nodded in unison when speakers…

Rainwater Harvesting How-To

Even in good times, Los Angeles isn’t breaking records for rainfall. We get only about 15 inches each year—mostly in the winter and early spring. But coming off the driest year on record, the potential for a series of storms this week makes us giddy. You can make the most of the soaker by installing…

Go For The Gold!

Everyone has Olympics fever with the Winter Games taking place in Sochi this month. In the spirit of the Olympics and just for fun, we ask this question: Are you a gold, silver or bronze medalist in the area of protecting our environment? Answer the questions below to discover which medal you would receive if…

Ask LA Stormwater: How Can I Conserve Water?

A: That’s the million dollar question ever since Governor Brown urged every Californian to cut their water use by 20%. Angelenos typically use about 129 gallons of water every day. To keep in step with the Governor, we need to save 30 gallons a day. (The more, the better, of course.) Luckily there are some…

LA Rain Gardens Blossom with Beauty and Benefits

Finding the balance between water – its availability, usage and conservation – is a big part of the ongoing conversation here in California. We live in a state with limited water supplies, so finding solutions to our state’s ongoing water challenges is an issue that isn’t going to go away anytime soon. One program that…

Turning Los Angeles into the City of Green Angels

These days, green is everywhere. From shamrocks to the first buds of spring  – emerald is the color of choice this time of year!  In the spirit of continuing his goal of making Los Angeles the greenest big city in the nation, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently issued a new challenge to LA’s more than 40,000…

How LA Rolled Out The Barrels

When a program is 400% oversubscribed, you know you’ve got a winner. That’s what we found out over the last two years with the Rainwater Harvesting Pilot Program conducted by the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, the California Coastal Conservancy and the City of Los Angeles Stormwater Program. In fact, we at LA Stormwater are so…

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:…

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…

It’s Getting Personal

by Andy Lipkis, Founder and President, TreePeople If you live in L.A. you are responsible for the City’s water quality, water supply and flood safety. OK, maybe not all of it. But together, we are all urban watershed managers. Everything we drop on our driveways gets carried to our rivers, beaches and ocean. Every time…

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