Plan Brings Hope for Locally Sourced Water

Did you know that only 11% of LA city’s water supply comes from local sources? What if we told you we could increase that number to thirty percent—or even forty five—by simply capturing rainwater? Thankfully, a partnership between TreePeople and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) could make those estimates a reality. […]

Mayor Eric Garcetti Unveils Comprehensive Sustainability pLAn for City of LA

This month, Mayor Eric Garcetti proposed a comprehensive, multifaceted sustainability plan for the City of Los Angeles. The plan (pLAn) includes a wide span of measurable actions the City hopes to reach by 2035 with a special focus on the environment with an emphasis on water, solar energy, carbon and climate change leadership and waste; […]

LADWP’s Plan to Source Water from the Sky

“LA is basically a desert.” How familiar does that sound? Contrary to popular belief, this isn’t exactly true. In reality, our local climate is known as “Mediterranean” with warm, dry summers and cool wet winters. And…it does actually rain here, even during a drought, and even minimal rainfall generates a lot of water. Sadly, due […]

Can Captured Rain Be a Meaningful Part of LA’s Water Supply?

Here’s a sobering statistic: for every inch of rainfall that falls in the City of Los Angeles, 3.8 billion gallons of water is lost to run off. In the last storm, even though only 3.29 inches of rain fell in Los Angeles, we lost 12.5 billion gallons of precious water. Add to that the fact that […]

To Andy, From Cindy

Many of us know how it feels to have an irrepressible urge to do good but not know exactly what to do with that energy. With all of the challenges our world faces — from social inequity to climate change — how do we make sure our actions bring about the most good? How do […]

Combating the Drought: Channeling the Flood

The intense winter rains of 2016-2017 may mean relief from the drought for Northern California, but here in Southern California we’re not out of the woods yet. Our new climate reality promises one thing: weather extremes. Our water supplies are unpredictable for us and our trees. Years of drought that kill off our trees by […]

TreePeople and NRDC: Rain to the Rescue

Though the national election has left us concerned about our climate future, the environment was a clear winner in LA with the passing of Measures M and Measure A providing expanded public transportation and safe park spaces for Angelenos. LA is taking steps in the right direction to adapt and is supporting the right policies, […]

Summer is Heating Up for TreePeople’s Policy Team

Things have been heating up this summer at TreePeople! Policy work is an essential part of our vision for a climate-resilient future– but we can’t do it alone! We depend on our collaborations with legislators and policymakers to help the region and state adapt to climate change’s effects, like rising temperatures and long-term water challenges. […]

How Did Our Water Get Here?

Here in LA, we expect to see clean drinking water flowing anytime we turn on a faucet. But have you ever wondered where that water comes from? Tap water in the City of LA comes from several sources — and about 90% of it is imported. The sources we rely on primarily include:   The […]

An Open Letter to Angelenos in a Time of Drought

You can’t care about trees without caring about water. The two are intimately connected. That’s why TreePeople has been committed to take rainwater harvesting to scale for over 20 years. Rainwater can and should be a significant part of our water supply. Each month, hundreds of people attend our workshops and install rain tanks at […]

Wall Street Journal: L.A. Considers Ways to Collect Rainwater

LA is turning a corner toward being a more water-secure city, and TreePeople is proud to be a principal partner in the city’s Stormwater Capture Master Plan. This cross-agency vision is providing tangible hope for weaning LA off our vulnerable imported water supply. Though change is beginning to happen, there’s a long way to go. […]

TreePeople’s Policy Work: Transforming LA into a Climate- and Water-Resilient City

Each week, TreePeople is out in the neighborhoods and surrounding mountains of Los Angeles, planting and caring for trees and native plants to ensure that our city has a growing, thriving urban ecosystem. But that’s not all we do – every day, we’re also working with agencies and policymakers at the city, county, state, and […]