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Reining in the Rain

Reining in the Rain in a time of #drought

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[This is from a guest-blog I wrote for the LA Stormwater Program’s web-site, published April 22, 2014].

I’d been living in Los Angeles for about six months when a three-day storm hit back in February. I had begun to wonder what all the fuss was about stormwater. Could it really be that bad? Now I know the answer is yes—but not just for the pollution it causes.

I was delighted by the waterfalls…

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On Earth Day lets hear it for the Ocean.

On Earth Day lets hear it for the Ocean.

The Pacific Ocean stretches to the horizon from the shore of Santa Monica Bay.

My six-year old son asked one day, why do they call it Earth when it’s mostly covered with water? He has a point. 71 percent of the Earth is covered by water. Of all the water on Earth, the ocean’s hold 96.5 percent.  Take one thing we can’t live without: oxygen. Did you know that between 50 and 85 percent of the oxygen in the Earth’s atmosphere comes from phytoplankton and algae in the ocean?

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Meet the ochre sea star

I knew them as star fish, but since they are not very fish like they’re now sea stars.

Meet the ochre sea star

I knew them as star fish, but since they are not very fish like they’re now sea stars.

By the bay

Easter Sunday found me enjoying the bay: Heal the Bay style.

By the bay

Easter Sunday found me enjoying the bay: Heal the Bay style.

16 years, 1 dairy, and a village

16 years, 1 dairy, and a village

It’s an old cliche to say that some things are worth waiting for. But it can also be true.

One of the first projects I worked on when I first joined Save the Redwoods League was the acquisition of the Coast Dairies property.  In 1998 it was one of the largest private unprotected coastal properties on the  west coast of the United States. Seven miles of coast line and about 5,500 acres.  All that…

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Snarl on PCH helps heal the bay

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It’s not often that a warning sign on my daily commute makes me happy. But this one did: In bold orange letters, it declared “Avoid PCH South of Temescal 4-15-14 to 2-15-15.” Anyone who knows the Pacific Coast Highway knows that is essentially impossible in Los Angeles. So why was I happy? Because this time, the big orange warning was a beacon of hope for the Bay.

A lot of construction is pretty…

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Last call at the oasis: or are we screwed?

Heal the Bay Board members Mark Gold (left) and David Nahai (center) discuss water with meteorologist Josh Rubenstein.

last-call-at-the-oasisI don’t normally go in for depressing documentaries. But when the local art house is showing a documentary on water around the world (“Last Call at the Oasis“) followed by a  panel discussion with some of my friends and board members at Heal the Bay, I will make an exception.

Moving stories from Las Vegas, Midland Texas, Australia, Israel and right here in California painted a pretty grim picture…

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In a time of #drought, how can we afford to #waste #water?View Post

In a time of #drought, how can we afford to #waste #water?

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On pie, storm drains and the Duke #ChildrenNature #NatureView Post

On pie, storm drains and the Duke #ChildrenNature #Nature

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