Slow It. Sink It. Spread It.

Preparing for Winter Rains

Did you know 3.8 billion gallons of polluted water is sent polluted into the ocean for every inch of rain that falls on the City of Los Angeles?

This isn’t how it always used to be.

The LA Basin used to capture 90% of the rain that fell from the sky, while 10% made its way out to the ocean through rivers and streams. Now the reverse is true: we capture 10% on the land and 90% goes out to the Pacific. This can’t be– we’re are in the sixth year of drought threatening our trees and water supply.

Slow it, Spread it, Sink it.  

LA needs to capture rain that falls in its basin.

We can do this by slowing water where it falls, spreading it and sinking it down into the soil to replenish our aquifers.-

What can we do?

  • Mulch, mulch, mulch! Have we mentioned how much we love mulch magic?Mulch comes from trees– like dropped leaves, bark, sticks, wood chips. Use mulch to help slow, spread and sink all the drops.
  • Ditch Litter. Campus clean-ups help save our oceans from pollution before the rains come. We don’t want trash in the stormdrains to be swept out to the ocean.
  • Install a Rain Barrel. Rain barrels are a great way to collect the rain.What’s better?You can use captured water on your trees in drier times.
  • Add a Rain Garden. What’s a rain garden?! Just think of it as molding the earth into bowl-like, concave depressions in your yard to keep water on your property. You can make them beautiful, too! Spruce your up with California natives.

Interested in how to make your campus more water-wise? Sign up to attend our February 11th WaterWise Campus workshop!

Amanda is TreePeople’s Watershed Education Specialist. She attended her first TreePeople event when she was 12 years old and has been a “tree person” ever since. When Amanda is not educating on local water issues, she is exploring the many amazing hiking areas around Los Angeles County.