Sep 032016

FREE Composting Workshops

Say what?! Composting is a natural process of recycling that converts useless organic waste into a rich soil. It is a smart form of recycling that reduces waste while improving the quality of soil. There are several types of composting that involve different types of components from food scraps / leftovers to leaves and grass clippings.
Obviously, composting has many benefits, the main ones are: savings on soil enriching products and pesticides, improving soil water retention’s ability and growing better quality yard or garden.

Until recently, backyard composting was “black magic” to most Los Angeles residents, but now there are several opportunities available to learn the how-tos of trendy and green gardening, FREE!

Los Angeles City Sanitation Department holds free composting workshops in two facilities. According to Los Angeles City Sanitation Department’s Website ( there’ll be discounted compost bins ($20 each) for sale, too. Free mulch will be available at both locations: come prepared with your own container and shovel; don’t forget a proof of residence.

Location #1: Griffith Park Composting Facility at 5400 Griffith Park Drive
Free composting workshops take place on:
2nd Friday of the month
and 4th Saturday of the month
Phone: 213-485-2260

Location #2: Lopez Canyon Environmental Education Center at 11950 Lopez Canyon Road
Free composting workshops take place on:
3rd Friday of the month
2nd Saturday of the month
Phone: 213-485-0703

Schedule is subject to change due to weather, contact the respective facility to confirm that the workshop you’re planning to attend will take place as scheduled.

Los Angeles County Department Of Public Works holds free and smart workshops, too! There are Beginner Workshops and Advanced Workshops and plenty to learn during the 1.5 hour workshops. Smart Gardening, composting, drought-friendly plants…. All cool topics. The workshops take place in libraries, parks and schools but mostly in L.A. County’s 10 Learning Centers.

For the schedule of Los Angeles County Department Of Public Works’ gardening workshops, click here.

For locations of Los Angeles County Department Of Public Works’ Learning Centers, click here.

There really are free and available opportunities to go green! No more excuses, now we can actually start with our backyards and make a TANGIBLE contribution to the environmental movement. Hooray!

Aug 242016


More than five billion gallons of water will be saved each year at a new stormwater capture facility now under construction in the northeast San Fernando Valley.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Nury Martinez, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works today broke ground on the Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement Project — a $29 million expansion of an existing facility that will double its capacity to capture stormwater for local use.

“We have to expand our local water supply, and that means investing in stormwater capture,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement Project will double the amount of water we capture at this facility — an important step toward securing L.A.’s future in this historic drought. I’m grateful to our County partners for working with us to conserve and capture a precious resource.”

L.A. Builds New Stormwater Capture Facility: currently, the Tujunga Spreading Grounds can capture and store about 8,000 acre-feet, or 2.5 billion gallons of water a year. Once the enhancement is complete in 2018, that capacity will expand to 16,000 acre-feet, or 5 billion gallons — enough water to supply 48,000 Los Angeles households every year. In addition to conserving water, the enhancement will provide new open space and a walking path for neighborhood residents.

“While we’re building an environmentally sound improvement for our city, we’re also beautifying the neighborhood nearby,” Councilmember Martinez said. “I’m especially proud that LADWP worked with the community to mitigate construction impacts on neighborhood residents by implementing a conveyor belt system to transport dirt off site, thereby taking trucks off our neighborhood streets and limiting traffic congestion.”

The enhancement is part of LADWP’s Stormwater Capture Master Plan, which aims to expand Los Angeles’ local water supply and reduce the city’s reliance on imported water. It also advances several of the objectives outlined in Mayor Garcetti’s Sustainable City pLAn, including the goal of increasing local stormwater capture to 150,000 acre-feet per year by 2035.

“In the past, most stormwater was allowed to run off to the Pacific Ocean. Those days are over,” said LADWP General Manager David Wright. “With the Tujunga Spreading Grounds Enhancement Project, we ensure that these valuable water resources don’t go to waste. By doubling this site’s capacity, L.A.’s greatest local water asset, the San Fernando Groundwater Basin, remains replenished with Los Angeles water for Angelenos to drink.”

LADWP plans to continue implementing stormwater capture projects that reduce the amount of runoff lost to the ocean and make more local water available to Angelenos. These projects include large-scale spreading grounds enhancements like the Tujunga enhancement, as well as smaller projects like green streets, rain gardens, and rain barrels.

The Tujunga project is designed and managed by L.A. County Public Works. The department operates 14 major dams and 26 spreading grounds on behalf of the L.A. County Flood Control District, including the Tujunga Spreading Grounds facility.

“Capturing stormwater to recharge local groundwater supplies has always been part of the Flood Control District’s mission,” said Gail Farber, director of LA County Public Works. “But the severity of the current drought and the challenges of climate change, population growth and an unreliable imported water supply require the combined attention and effort of the entire region. The City of Los Angeles has been a fantastic partner in this regard.”