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 >>

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 >>

LA StormCatcher: You Asked, We Answered

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In early November, we debuted our groundbreaking pilot project: LA StormCatcher (#LAStormCatcher). The collaborative brings Los Angeles County and City agencies and community members together to capture stormwater in the face of ongoing drought and a changing climate reality.

Our first pilot site, located in North Hollywood, kicks off a series of renovations designed to show how capturing stormwater at home can increase local water supply, reduce flooding and improve water quality. The project launched with a  press conference that brought a rush of positive buzz and interest, and even had LA’s own Mayor Garcetti and County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl in attendance. Read more >>

Mayor Garcetti Joins TreePeople Gala

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This weekend we were joined by 400 of our biggest supporters and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for our 28th annual fundraising gala, An Evening Under the Harvest Moon.

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This year’s program focused on California’s ongoing drought and our commitment to create a water-secure Los Angeles.  Mayor Garcetti’s keynote speech inspired us all, as he spoke of the critical nature of our work and pushed us to continue moving toward higher conservation goals. (Fun fact: He’s been involved with TreePeople since he was a teen!)

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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 >>

Andy Lipkis Talks Superheroes at TEDx UCLA

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Do you remember the last time you stopped to really look at a tree?  They’re central to our existence, and yet we often take them for granted. We pass trees daily, without stopping to consider their many benefits—from cooling our cities and streets, to conserving water, and beyond.

In June, our Founder and President, Andy Lipkis, was invited to speak at TEDx UCLA to share how trees are the real superheroes we’ve been looking for to create a water and climate-resilient Los Angeles.… 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 >>