On the Watershed

Thank you Simon Cowell.  An irate Heal the Bay member wrote a scathing e-mail encouraging us to take a stand against your ocean pollution commercial. It’s bad enough that my 12-year-old daughter Natalie is obsessed with his “American Idol”…
Spouting Off on Simon Cowell
L.A. County’s Department of Public Health has just released rainwater harvesting guidelines that could help transform the region’s management of stormwater runoff.  The guidelines apply to rainwater harvesting projects, including rain barrel…
Spouting Off about rainwater harvesting
The WEFTEC water quality conference, with its acres of pumps, filters, water treatment devices and other gizmos, moved out of the L.A. Convention Center last week. But I’m still thinking about what the 20,000-person gathering of H2O nerds means for…
WEFTEC exhibition hall
The Los Angeles City Council today took the bold step of supporting unanimously a substantial sewage service fee increase. The household fee will incrementally increase from an average of $29 a month to $53 a month over the next 10 years. The hike wi…
Stop the Presses! Government Works!
Today’s guest blogger is Matthew King, communications director for Heal the Bay. In my past life as an editor at The Hollywood Reporter, I covered way too many film and TV trade shows. Heavy on the glitz and light on substance, these promotional co…
WESTEC 2011 Mussel water filtration exhibit
Today’s guest blogger is Sarah Sikich, Heal the Bay’s Coastal Resources Director. She’s also a Malibu resident.
A mass die-off of marine life at Surfrider Beach
Unfortunately, discussions about the future of K-12 public education in California typically focus on the state’s massive budget problems.  Talks of educational reform seem to exclusively revolve around teacher accountability and charter schoo…
Spouting Off: Education and the Environment Initiative
As a Jewish parent and environmental scientist, I am consumed by guilt for taking the baby bottle shortcut when feeding our kids many years ago.  Yes, I put formula, and even – gasp --breast milk, in a plastic bottle and heated …
Spouting Off: Protecting Toddlers - baby bottle
Last night, I enjoyed an amazing half hour of TV after our Rosh Hashanah dinner. Yes, I’ll have something else to atone for a week from Saturday, but it was worth it. Watching Red Sox Nation and the tomahawk-chopping, unPC  Braves complete som…
Spouting Off: Baseball
Today the city of Los Angeles took a giant step forward on its long-promised goal to green itself -- one new development at a time.  After three years of negotiations, hearings, educational forums and technical discussions, the City Counci…
Single family homes may use rain barrels to comply with the LID ordinance
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