The City of Elk Grove transformed a blighted one-acre site into an educational and recreational experience that mimics a natural approach to retain and cleanse urban stormwater runoff to protect the environment and promote future sustainable development practices. The Rain Garden Plaza project demonstrates the connection between a small urban space and innovative stormwater management practices through simple and cost-effective low impact development (LID) techniques to conserve water.
Mary’s Garden is an organic and artful combination of interactive sculptures and natural areas that celebrate, illustrate and educate visitors about our precious natural resources and the need to conserve and protect them for future generations to come. Voted #1 by the Landscape Architects Network as a top 10 children's learning and recreation project around the globe.
The new water-wise garden has been designed with water conservation in mind. The purpose of this garden is to educate our community about the beauty and water saving benefits of planting drought tolerant and native California plants. The Estudillo Heritage Park Water Conservation Education Garden was a cooperative effort of the City of San Jacinto Redevelopment Agency, Eastern Municipal Water District, and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
The City of Lafayette’s Parks, Trails and Recreation Department landscapes with California native plants to significantly reduce water consumption in their parks and at their Community Center. Seeds are collected by volunteers and staff throughout the year and re-planted in new areas creating stunning wildflower displays in the spring. In addition, partnerships are in place to teach children about the important relationships between native plants, insects and animals.
Ocotillo Park in the City of Cathedral City is a new park that was designed with a number of sustainable, environmental features. The drought tolerant native landscaping, as well as extensive solar lighting, are just a few of the innovative ideas that the City utilized for their Desert park.
The Ontario Civic Center Conservation Garden is located adjacent to City Hall. This beautiful park provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about conservation in a picturesque setting.
This is the first park of its kind along the Tujunga Wash flood control channel. The one mile segment of the once-natural Tujunga Wash includes walking paths, beautiful native landscaping, comfortable benches, interpretive displays, a meandering stream, views of the Santa Monica Mountains, and a shaded picnic area. This recreational and ecological amenity can be replicated in neighborhoods throughout the 500 miles of open flood control channels in the County of Los Angeles.
The Elfin Forest Interpretive Center Honoring Susan J. Varty gives a voice to the Escondido Creek watershed, inspiring visitors to feel connected to nature, value open space and the creek, and join in conserving this precious North County resource through personal and community stewardship.
Water, you see it all the time, running down the gutter from sprinklers that are set to run too long, from a clock that was programmed long ago. Or worse, sprinklers running during a rainstorm. It makes you wonder if anyone is watching. The city of Fontana installed a water GIS application to help visually identify which meters meet budget targets and which do not. This simple GIS application gives users a simple tool to aid in monitoring irrigation water application.