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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Venice Beach

We all know that Venice Beach is funky, a sort of renaissance amusement park along the beach in West Los Angeles. The boardwalk is known for its eclectic street vendors, artists, musicians, muscles and some of the best surf in LA County. But we did you know the following about one of our favorite summer…

April Showers Bring . . . A New Frame of Mind – A Message from the Stormwater Program Manager

How often have we heard the adage that April showers bring May flowers? This year in Los Angeles, April showers are bringing a new frame of mind as well. More and more Angelenos are viewing rainwater as a resource to be captured and used, instead of a liability to be diverted into our storm drain…

Stormwater 101

If you need a refresher course on the Los Angeles stormwater system, check out the Stormwater 101 article on “Your Daily Thread”. Questions were answered by the L.A. Stormwater’s own Joyce Amaro!

The Ripples Behind and the Waves Ahead – A Message from the Stormwater Program Manager

It’s hard to believe that I’ll commemorate a decade with the Stormwater Program in 2010. It’s even harder to consider that Los Angeles’ Stormwater Program celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Time sure does fly! The City’s Program has grown significantly in the past 20 years. In 1990, the original staff of the then-named Stormwater…

Survivor: Stormwater Staff Reflect on the Last 20 Years

In 1990, a group of castaways (i.e. staff) were sent to the not-so-remote location of Los Angeles to start a tribe named the Stormwater Management Division that was faced with a challenge: protect water quality. OK, so maybe it’s not exactly like the show Survivor, but you get where we’re going with this. Now in…

5 Rainwater Resolutions for the New Year

The New Year means a rebirth of sorts. It is a time to reflect and a time to look forward. While we like to look at our accomplishments, it’s even more important to look at the work ahead. As such, what better way to ring in a new decade than by making a few simple…

Looking for a Last Minute (green) Holiday Gift?

Have you ever walked or driven past a tree and thought to yourself, “What a wonderful addition to this neighborhood?” In many ways trees define who we are as people. We climb them, watch their leaves change and sometimes even pick their fruit. Trees are also about more than aesthetics; they help clean the air…

City of L.A. Surpasses Trash Limit Milestone of 50% Reduction

After investing nearly $50 million toward retrofitting 30,000 catch basins in the city to reduce trash and debris from entering our storm drains, the City of L.A. recently announced we have achieved an over 60% reduction in trash that enters Ballona Creek and the Los Angeles River. Trash Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), which refers…

CA Legislature Passes Water Conservation Bill

The state Legislature finished with one piece of a multi-part water package Tuesday when the Assembly approved a bill mandating a statewide drop in per capita water use. The package, which includes an $11.1-billion bond that must go before voters, would nudge California in new directions on water policy while giving something to each of…

LA Prepares for Tricks & Treats this Season

October marks the beginning of the rainy season here in Los Angeles. It is also the time of year when we celebrate a culturally popular holiday – Halloween. As we enter the wet winter months ahead, Los Angeles faces some potentially frightening challenges. Will the El Niño conditions predicted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric…

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