May 2010 Watershed Highlight of the Month

LA Creek Freek

Above: Former asphalt area at Environmental Charter High School (Photo: La Loma Development Company)

Joe Linton, Jessica Hall and Jane Tsong have pioneered a new blog to spread awareness of riparian areas throughout the Los Angeles basin. Their mission is to raise awareness about the past, present and future of L.A.’s maligned waterways and to build momentum for healthier waters in L.A.’s future.

A recent item featured the ‘day-lighting of a creek’ from a paved lunch area at Environmental Charter High School in Lawndale. La Loma Development Company worked with the campus staff and students to remove large swaths of asphalt and create natural landscapes and food orchards. According to Joe, “the school has done a lot to use nature and natural/recycled materials to soften the somewhat institutional edges of a typical Southern California campus.”

This is another fine example of watershed activists, small businesses, agencies, and local volunteers making a change in their own community. To receive their e-mail updates, click on L.A. Creek Freak.

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