Panorama City Neighbors: Join the Water LA Team for an Earth Day Celebration on Saturday April 27, at Ranchito School! We'll be there with food and fun, and even FREE SHADE TREES from 11:00 to 2:00.
Exciting Water LA news: Thanks to the work of our team and city departments on our Technical Advisory Committee, the permit for a simple home greywater system has been streamlined and standardized. Los Angeles property owners can now obtain a low cost over-the-counter permit for gravity flow systems running from the laundry, tub, or lavatory sink.
Through a grant form the California Coastal Conservancy, Water LA brings together local experts, residents, and City agencies in an "urban acupuncture" approach to water sustainability in the Los Angeles River watershed.
Our project area is adjacent to the Woodman Avenue Green Infrastructure Project, (map at right) making it ideally situated for monitoring the impact of small-scale and affordable residence-based strategies to decrease urban runoff and recharge groundwater stores.
Free educational workshops engage the community in designing strategies for their homes, and our team of professionals assist in the installation of homeowner plans. Monitoring stations along the Woodman Avenue median will allow us to gauge the impact of at least 24 installations in the project area.
At the completion of the project in 2014, the Water LA team and our Technical Advisory Committee will have developed city approved standard plans for six in-home Best Management Practices, including raingardens, parkway swales, greywater systems, rain barrels, drywells & infiltration trenches, and hardscape removal. City agencies will have real data on how these projects affect our local watershed. And homeowners who participate in the project will be armed with new information, skills, and ideas about the management of their own mini-watershed- their home.
The Technical Advisory Committee consists of representatives from the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, and the City of Los Angeles’ Bureau of Sanitation, Department of Building and Safety, and Department of Planning.
Click on links at right to learn more about the project and the Water LA team. Visit the Water LA website for workshop schedules, forms and plans as they are developed, photo and video journals and how-tos. Click here for a simple overview for homeowners.