The Dry Garden: Harvesting rain

Posted on | November 11, 2009 | 1 Comment

Los Angeles River watershed and storm drain system. Source: City of Los Angeles Department of Public WorksIT STANDS to reason that some of the most progressive environmentalists in Los Angeles work for the Department of Public Works’ Bureau of Sanitation. They are the front line between what we discard and the environment.

Last week we looked at their fight to triage our system for recycling food scraps. This week the subject is their battle to capture rainfall before it enters L.A.’s massive storm drain system.

The bureau, along with a leading Southland water agency, the state Legislature and environmental nonprofit groups such as TreePeople and the Green LA Coalition are all moving to make harvesting rainwater as routine as recycling. To keep reading The Dry Garden column in the Los Angeles Times, click here.

For the agenda of a November 13, 2009 public meeting on the draft Low Impact Development ordinance due to go before the City Council soon, click here.

From Mark Gold, president of Heal the Bay, this report from the November 13 meeting: Despite tremendous turnout from the environmental community, the L.A. Board of Public Works today delayed its decision on a staff-proposed Low Impact Development ordinance for at least another month. To keep reading, click here.

This posting has been updated. Last update 10.14am, November 14, 2009.


One Response to “The Dry Garden: Harvesting rain”

  1. Adan Ortega Jr.
    November 11th, 2009 @ 1:29 pm

    Dear Emily,
    I’m glad that you recognize the efforts of the LA Bureau of Sanitation and their partners in large part along the LA River. Often times these same progressive champions at the Bureau get beat up for not walking lock-step with Santa Monica-invented solutions. L.A.’s demographic, density and geologic characteristics demand patience and forbearance and the integrity to do the right thing – even when the razzmatazz of Santa Monica sounds compelling. LA is a much more complicated place and we are lucky to have the likes of the folks at the Bureau.

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