Stormwater home page City of Los Angeles home page
      Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation
There are many resources available on the web relating to stormwater pollution and how to prevent it. Information on a local level can be found by visiting Heal the Bay, Santa Monica Baykeeper, or the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.

Below are additional resources:

K-EARTH Lifestyle

KRTH 101.5 web site features "Lifestyles" — which provides tips to listeners that touches on different aspects of a healthy lifestyle. Pets, home remodeling, landscaping/gardening are just a few of the subjects.


Garden Nerd

Gardenerd.com is designed for people who have a healthy sense of humor about their obsession with organic gardening, and who have a thirst for knowledge. Whether you’re a novice or a veteran, there is a place for you here at Gardenerd.com


Teaching Green – A non-profit organization

Whether you’re an elementary school teacher looking for a presentation on global warming, an individual looking to live a greener lifestyle, or a group seeking to green your office, church, club, etc., Teaching Green can help by providing FREE workshops for adults and FREE in-class presentations for elementary, middle school and high school students. More info at their web site.


"All the Way to the Ocean" children’s storybook.

In a richly-illustrated book by artist Marq Spusta, author Joel Harper tells the story about two friend’s discovery of the harmful effects of ocean pollution. This story deals specifically with storm drain run-off that travels directly into our natural bodies of water.

All the Way to the Ocean


It is estimated that several trillion cigarette butts are littered worldwide every year. That’s billions of cigarettes flicked, one at a time, on our sidewalks, beaches, nature trails, gardens, and other public places every single day. Cigarette filters are made of cellulose acetate tow, not cotton, and can take over ten years to decompose. Cigarette filters also release harmful chemicals into the environment and into our water supply. Littered cigarettes are also a leading cause of wildfires. And, of course, littered cigarette butts make our communities look filthy!

There are public education campaigns that specifically target discarded cigarette butts on a state and worldwide level. One starting point can be found here.


"Ballona Wetlands; The Story of an Urban Oasis"

Video describing the preservation efforts of the Ballona Wetlands.
Contact: Friends of Ballona Wetlands (310) 306-5994


"Waves, Wetlands and Watersheds"

Teacher’s Science Activity Guide produced by the California Coastal Commission.
Contact: California Coastal Commission (415) 904-5200


"The Los Angeles River; Its Life, Death, and Possible Rebirth" by Blake Gumpbrecht

An excellent and thoroughly researched study on the Los Angeles River.
Contact: www.amazon.com


Iemanya Oceanica

The public’s ignorance about sharks perpetuates the continued over-exploitation and depletion of these species. Iemanya Oceanica is dedicated to dispeling the public perception of these magnificent creatures as vicious killers, and instead advocates worldwide conservation of sharks, rays and their habitats.
Contact: Iemanya