Posts Tagged LA River

Find the Stream in your Neighborhood

by Joe Linton People often ask me what they can do to get involved in helping out Los Angeles’ rivers and creeks. Many ways to get involved have been covered here at the L.A. Stormwater Blog – some easy, some more involved. These include: using reusable grocery bags, tending to your pet’s poop, participating in…

Share Your LA River Stories

by Joyce Amaro When I was student at Monterey Highlands Elementary School, my 5th grade class took a field trip to the Los Angeles Zoo. The experience I remember most about the day was driving up the Golden State Freeway on a slow-moving, yellow dinosaur-sized school bus and seeing, for the first time, all the…

LA Stormwater Projects Map

Seeing is believing. So take a virtual tour of the LA Stormwater Program’s major past, present and future water improvement projects around the LA River watershed. There is sure to be at least one near you if you live in the area, so click on the map and explore these cool projects. To learn more about…

The Los Angeles River: An Original Hollywood Star

Tarzan paddled along its willowed banks in movies of the 1930s. The Moderne arches of its 6th Street bridge provided a gritty backdrop for the race scene in Grease. Terminators raced through its concreted channels in Terminator 2. Ever since Hollywood found its home here in Los Angeles back at the turn of the 20th…

A Forgotten Creek Will Lead the Way

For nearly half a century, the North Atwater Creek has been all but forgotten. Set in the Glendale-Narrows portion of the Los Angeles River, this natural creek has become overgrown with non-native grasses and invasive exotic species such as the Mediterranean Castor oil plant. A man-made creek, the soil in its unstable banks is contaminated…

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)…

Our Fave 5 Facts about the LA River

We all know what it is, where it is and most of us even know what it does. It’s in the background of our city, but in many ways it’s the heart of LA. It flows through our communities and to the ocean we all enjoy and love. It’s none other than the Los Angeles…

The Tale of Two Green Streets

All across America, the idea of “going green” has taken off. Everywhere people are beginning to understand that our day-to-day actions have had a cumulative impact on Earth. And, with that understanding comes the desire to reduce that effect with a greener lifestyle. “Green” has become the new gold standard for how we live our…

The Great L.A. River Cleanup: An Interview with Sofia Mohaghegh

In May 2010 Sofia Mohaghegh, an Environmental Engineering Associate II with the City of Los Angeles’ Watershed Protection Division volunteered with other City Sanitation employees during La Gran Limpieza (or the Great Clean-Up) an annual spring Los Angeles River clean-up event organized by Friends of the Los Angeles River. Sofia recently answered a few questions…

New Bacteria Limits Set for LA River

On July 9, 2010, The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board (LARWQCB) held a hearing in Glendale to decide the Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for bacteria in the LA River. TMDLs establish the maximum amount of pollutants that are allowed to enter a particular water body in order to comply with federal water…

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