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Eye on L.A. for March 7, 2009

Originally aired Sat., March 7, at 6:30 p.m.
March 7, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
This week on Eye on L.A.: L.A. River, Tree People, Water issues and a new public park.L.A. RIVER

Explore the Los Angeles River like never before. Visit the Great Wall of Los Angeles, the longest mural in the world, and see what plans the creator, Judy Baca, has to expand the mural and the surrounding park. Also learn about the L.A. River revitalization master plan to improve the water quality, provide public access via parks and bike paths, revive the natural habitats and ultimately create a downtown riverfront.

For more information:

www.sparcmurals.org
www.folar.org
www.lariverrmp.org
www.la-bike.org
www.lacity.org/council/cd1/
www.frankpicturesgallery.com
www.laconservancy.org/bridges

TREE PEOPLE

Tree People is a local nonprofit organization that has been serving the Los Angeles area for more than three decades. Their work is about helping nature heal our cities through educating and training people on how to plant and care for trees in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles.

For more information on how you can volunteer or organize a group tree-planting event, visit: www.treepeople.com

WATER WORRIES

ABC7 Meteorologist Dallas Raines heads to the Sierra Mountains, the heart of where L.A.'s water supply comes from, to look into the water shortage and official drought emergency in Southern California. Dallas talks to hydrologists from the L.A. Department of Water and Power.

For more information on DWP's rebate program when you purchase high efficiency appliances, visit: http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp000399.jsp

For more information on the water shortage and conservation, visit:

http://www.water.ca.gov/drought/
http://www.water-ed.org/watersources/
http://www.mwdh2o.com/
http://www.bewaterwise.com/

WATERLESS GARDENS

Rick Feldman is a seasoned horticulturalist who specializes in drought resistant gardens. He has many techniques and tips for how to efficiently irrigate and maintain beautiful gardens without overspending on water.

SOME TIPS ON WATER CONSERVATION FOR YOUR GARDEN:

  • Plant in the shade
  • Use ground cover such as wood chips to keep the moisture in the soil.
  • Use dial-a-flow drip irrigation emitters on your sprinklers, because they're easy and you can control the flow and direction of the water.
  • Plant drought resistant plants like lavender and salvias that only require two light sprays a week.
  • Plant succulents and cactus that can survive on virtually no water.
  • Place ornaments, rocks or dry river beds to create areas that require no water.
  • On a hill, build retaining walls to minimize runoff.
  • Replace your live lawn with a synthetic lawn. They're pet friendly, and you'll never have to water it or mow it again.
For more information, visit: www.gardensbyrick.com

ENERGY CONSERVATION

Going green also means conserving electricity. Eye on L.A. talked to Southern California Edison about some simple things you can do to reduce your usage and cut your power bills.

For more information on Southern California Edison's "Edison Smart Connect" program, visit: www.sce.com

If you would like to find out if your power utility company offers any rebates or special programs, here are their Web sites:

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power: www.ladwp.com

Metropolitan Water District of Southern Calif.: www.mwdh2o.com

VISTA HERMOSA PARK

Located at the western gateway to Downtown, 10.5-acre Vista Hermosa Park is the latest project of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) that boldly returns the serenity and diversity of nature to the Los Angeles urban core. Developed in collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the City of Los Angeles, Vista Hermosa is the first public park built in this densely populated area in more than a hundred years.

www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=672


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