We provide communities with the tools they need to reclaim their riverfront lands.

Protect Water Quality

Changing a few everyday habits can keep trash, bacteria, pesticides, metals and oil from washing into and contaminating our streams and groundwater.

  • Avoid chemical pesticides and fertilizers—use organic, non-toxic products sparingly.
  • Sweep trash from your property into a dustpan and use yard trimmings for natural fertilizer and garden mulch.
  • Clean up after your dog, cat or horse. Pet waste harms aquatic life by raising nitrogen levels, resulting in excessive algae growth; and increasing the amount of bacteria like E. coli.
  • Help keep litter out of the streets and gutters. All our gutters empty into our waterways.
  • Report full catch basins: LA City: (800) 974-9794, LA County: (800) 303-0003
  • Dispose of paint, batteries, and other hazardous materials at your local drop-off center, or call (888) CleanLA for a schedule of household hazardous waste collection events near you.
  • Recycle your used motor oil at gas stations, auto parts stores, and garages. Never pour it down the drain, in the gutter, or on the ground. Motor oil is extremely toxic.
  • Maintain your car to keep it running efficiently. Leaking oil and spilled fuel, copper and asbestos from brake linings, and zinc from tires all contribute to water pollution.
  • Look for opportunities to drive less: walk if it’s a one mile round trip, bike if it’s a little further, try public transit more often.
  • Purchase environmentally sensitive products and services, and avoid over-packaged products
  • Support your local farmers market
  • Choose a dry cleaner that doesn’t use perchlorethelyne.
  • Say no to plastic bags. Get in the habit of bringing your own canvas or other reusable shopping bag with you to the store. Plastic bags create loads of unnecessary litter; they are easily blown by the wind, and often end up in the ocean. Plastic takes hundreds of years to biodegrade, and creates hazards for marine life and other wildlife
  • Choose tap water over bottled water. Carry your own refillable water bottle. Bottled water costs approximately 28,000 times more than tap water, is less regulated for quality, and takes significant energy to bottle, transport, and even recycle.