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 >>

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 >>

Be a Leader. Install a Rain Tank!

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Would you believe that this diagram represents what you can capture with just one inch of rain? Pretty impressive, huh?

Capturing stormwater is rapidly becoming part of the new LA lifestyle. After all, why use drinking water on your yard when you can harvest the rain for FREE? But before you make a purchase, do your research. It may be in your best interest to hire a landscape contractor to offer guidance tailored to your needs.

First, ask yourself these TWO questions to determine if this is a simple DIY project or if it’s time to call in a contractor.Read more >>

6 Landscapes to Get Inspired for Planting Season

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You’ve let your lawn go golden. Now what?

With planting season around the corner, planning your new landscape might seem like a daunting task. Never fear! Here are seven gorgeous yards to get your creative, sustainable juices flowing—as well as practical watershed tips to keep in mind!

1. Cut back on turf!

13Grdns-0005Did you know that landscape irrigation accounts for almost 50% of all residential use? It doesn’t need to be that way—especially not in California! With a plethora of options, cutting back on turf is a cinch!… Read more >>

Is Los Angeles Ready For El Nino?

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El Niño is likely to be heading our way this winter, bringing upwards of 30 inches of rain to Los Angeles. So, the drought is essentially over—right? Wrong.

Well, that is, unless we prepare properly.

Unfortunately, as the climate shifts, we can expect to see drought and floods as two sides of the same coin. As we adapt to this new norm, we can expect both drier conditions and more severe storms. Unless we adopt new habits, like learning to responsibly capture those drops, we can expect drought conditions to continue.… Read more >>

Mulch Now, Plant Later

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Did you know California residents use more than 50% of our drinking water to water their yards?

It’s true! In fact, a 1,000 square foot lawn with an average sprinkler system uses about 25,000 gallons of water per year. In the midst of a historic drought, that’s precious water we simply can’t afford to waste!

Luckily, the drought is teaching us to use our resources more wisely—to let our lawns go golden, while still watering our trees — and to plant water wise natives at home.… Read more >>

El Niño May Be Around the Corner. Are You Prepared?

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El Niño may be around the corner come this fall’s rainy season, and scientists are predicting even greater storms than 1997—which flooded Southern California. After four years of severe drought, that is welcome news!

However, it’s important to ensure we’re prepared to capture the stormwater and store it responsibly. Any rainwater harvesting system starts with rain gutters and downspouts. With summer upon us, we’re here to help you get ready for fall – and what may fall from the sky. This is the perfect time to tidy up and ensure that all your elements are in good shape.… Read more >>