A Harvest of Stormwater-Friendly Events in October


Ah…Autumn! The time of year when LA begins to cool down, kids go back to school and everyone begins gearing up for the month ahead that includes pumpkin patches and haunted houses. Fall is also a time when a bounty of events take place here in LA, and this October is no exception.  From the educational to the fun to the spooky, October really provides a harvest of stormwater-friendly events.

> The Clean Water Act is turning the Big 40! In October we will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act’s passage. On October 9, the Council for Watershed Health will present LA’s Clean Water Story: Celebrating 40 Years of the Clean Water Act. This event will look at where Los Angeles was, where we are today and where we need to be in relation to keeping Los Angeles’ waterways clean.

> On October 4-5, the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board will vote on a new Stormwater Permit for Los Angeles. To learn more about this, visit the LA Regional Board or view the meeting’s notice of hearing.

> The Los Angeles River is really rockin’! On October 4, the organization Rock the Boat will present its documentary entitled “The Los Angeles River: Saving America’s Wildest River” at the Downtown Independent Theater. Tickets to the film’s premiere may be purchased here.

> On October 7, the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation presents their Annual Garden Party entitled “Let’s Talk River” at the Los Angeles River Center. This event will feature a climbing wall, Farmscape urban agriculture, Dry River Brewery craft beer tasting, Tern bicycle challenge, the LA Stormwater trash monster and more! Tickets may be purchased here.

>On October 11, Los Angeles officials will break ground on a new project adjacent to the Los Angeles River that will create a green way where the Arroyo Seco meets the LA River and on October 12, officials will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Los Angeles River Ad Hoc Committee at City Council. Like us on Facebook and look for more information on these events in the coming weeks!

> October is a busy month for LA Stormwater! Look for LA Stormwater at these events and kudos to the volunteers who will be handing out educational materials through our Booth in a Box program! Here’s where you can find us: LACC Rideshare Fair on October 3; Council District 6’s Harvest Festival on October 6; Race for the Rescues at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on October 7; Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Autumn Sea Fair on October 21; Council District 6’s Health and Safety Fair on October 27 and the LA Cancer Challenge 5K and 10 K on October 28.

> Why not participate in one last beach clean-up before the rainy season starts! Surfrider will be hosting beach cleanups on October 1 and October 6. Heal the Bay’s Nothin’ But Sand clean-up will take place at the Venice Pier on October 20.

> Just in time for Halloween…Trash Zombies are coming! Thrill The World is an annual worldwide simultaneous dance event of Michael Jackson’s song “Thriller.” It was created to share the joy of dance, to celebrate community and to educate residents about the impact trash has on our oceans. Learn the dance and join the fun in the South Bay!

Please, check out all of the month’s events by visiting our calendar. If you have an event you would like to include on our calendar, email us at [email protected].

Photo courtesy of Richard Bowen.




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