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Discover Three New LASAN Environmental Programs

 

Here at LA Stormwater, we talk a lot about discovering your watershed moment. It’s that “A-ha!” moment when you discover a new environmental practice that will keep your neighborhood and local watershed clean. And while many of you have already committed to always picking up after your dogs or pledging to use reusable bags, here are three recently-started LA Sanitation and Environment programs that you may want to explore:

 

Create A Wildlife-Friendly Garden

 

Did you know that Los Angeles is located within a globally recognized hotspot of native biodiversity? 

 

Recently, the city of Los Angeles became the largest US city to be certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation (or NWF) and we are fortunate to be located within a globally recognized hotspot of native biodiversity. 

 

Individual residents, businesses, and schools can easily certify their properties with the National Wildlife Federation to earn points for the City of Los Angeles in the Community Wildlife Habitat Program. In order to become certified, green spaces need to provide four basic elements that all wildlife need: food, water, cover, and a place to raise young. In addition, gardens must also use sustainable practices, like conserving water and removing invasive plants. 

 

Learn how you can create a wildlife-friendly garden in your yard at LASAN’s Community Wildlife Habitat webpage

 

Explore Outreach Materials in 12 (yes, 12!) Languages

 

Did you know that LASAN’s Watershed Protection Program has educational materials in 12 different languages? 

 

We have outreach materials (think tip cards and fliers) in English, Armenian, Simplified Chinese, Farsi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese. If you are planning an upcoming environmental fair or community event or simply have a friend, family member or neighbor who you think would benefit from educational materials in a different language, we encourage you to contact us at lastormwater@lacity.org to ask about the availability of these materials. 

 

Discover Recyclable Water For Your Yard and Garden

 

Did you know that LASAN offers free recycled water to all LADWP customers? 

 

Residents can now get disinfected recycled water free-of-charge at a recycled water fill station at the Residential Recycled Water Fill Station located at LA-Glendale Water Reclamation Water Reclamation Plant (4600 Colorado Blvd., LA, CA 90039). All you need is your own water containers with water-tight lids when you visit the fill station. This water can then be used for landscaping purposes like watering trees, shrubs, gardens and lawns. 

 

Recycled water helps promote conservation by offsetting demand for precious drinking water, also known as potable water. Recycled water can be used for landscaping purposes, such as maintaining trees, shrubs, gardens, and lawns, and to water edible fruits, vegetables, and herbs. But, please remember. This is not drinking water but water to be used to water your plants. 

 

Learn more and the hours of operation at LASANs Recycled Water Fill Station webpage

 

Do you have an environmental practice that is new to you? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at lastormwater@lacity.org to share.

 

Photo courtesy of David Mizejewski.

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