How Did Our Water Get Here?

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Here in LA, we expect to see clean drinking water flowing anytime we turn on a faucet. But have you ever wondered where that water comes from?

Tap water in the City of LA comes from several sources — and about 90% of it is imported. The sources we rely on primarily include:  

The Colorado River Basin and the San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta  

Water from these two regions is managed by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). MWD is a water wholesaler (they sell to cities and utility agencies, which in turn sell to the public).Read more >>

Speak Up for LA’s Water Future

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El Niño isn’t panning out to be the drought buster we had hoped.

Despite the recent rain, scientists believe prolonged drought is in California’s future. We shouldn’t be surprised. The links between climate change and extreme weather patterns are undeniable. Weather satellites marked February as the hottest month on record, and our recent weather has been erratic. Now is the time to take action.  For 20 years, we have been LA water leaders, advocating for a secure local supply. Will you join us now in our efforts to protect LA’s water?Read more >>

Celebrate our First Earth Day Soiree!

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2015 was the hottest year on record. Here in California, we’ve experienced years of extreme drought and are now faced with El24115389029_1b99f49580_k Niño flooding. Planet Earth desperately needs our attention and care.

That’s where you come in! Support our work to grow a green LA and celebrate Earth Day in style. Gather friends and join us for our first ever Earth Day Soiree, a special fundraiser on April 21st from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm at Tiato in Santa Monica.  Read more >>

How we captured 80k gallons in recent storms!

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If you’ve visited our headquarters in Coldwater Canyon Park, you may have noticed a circular grasscrete in front of our Platinum LEED-certified Conference Center. Well, it’s not just decorative. It’s actually the top of a 216,000 gallon cistern that captures rainwater! (In fact, the visible grate marks only a portion of the entire 70’ x 8’ tank!)

What is a cistern?

When it rains, water that hits our Conference Center’s roof is diverted from gutters, as well as runoff from the surrounding parking lot and walkways.Read more >>

I Am TreePeople : Carrie Wassenaar

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“We could make a huge impact,” Carrie Wassenaar says, reflecting on simple steps people can take at home to grow a green LA. Carrie is a shining example of an Angeleno taking action.

A transplant from the midwest, Carrie’s love for nature started young. “My mother was huge into gardening,” she recalled. Even after 18 years in Los Angeles, she misses the rich, green surroundings of her hometown. But as she’s set down roots here in the city, she’s incorporated elements of her childhood upbringing into her routine.Read more >>

10 GIFs to Sum Up Why You Should Volunteer MORE!

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By now, we know that climate change is causing more frequent extreme weather events. Let’s face it: it’s no fun living in a city where our forecast is either drought or flood. It’s only the first week of the new year and El Niño has come in strong with a week of rain reminding us that this is real.

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This year, make it your resolution to become a TreePeople Restoration Supervisor or Volunteer Supervisor and help make Los Angeles a more green and resilient place to live.Read more >>

Our 10 Favorite Accomplishments of 2015

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Can you believe 2015 is over? It feels like it just started!

We had a big year here at TreePeople! We worked with Angelenos at the community and policy levels to make a difference in our city, and we’re thrilled by the results. Here are 10 of our proudest accomplishments from the past year:

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1. Over 9,600 elementary students visited Coldwater Canyon Park for an Eco-tour to learn about the importance of trees, our watershed and how to live more sustainably!Read more >>