November 14, 2017

Urban Greening Awards Announced

The California Natural Resources Agency (Agency) today announced $76 million in funding for 39 green infrastructure projects through the state’s Urban Greening Program. Funded by Cap-and-Trade revenues, the grants support projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gases by sequestering carbon, decreasing energy consumption and reducing vehicle miles traveled. The projects also convert built environments into green spaces that improve air and water quality and provide opportunities for walking, biking and recreation.

Click here for a full list of awards.

 

 


FUNDED BY CALIFORNIA CLIMATE INVESTMENTS


November 7, 2017

Completion of Hat Creek Projects

California Trout, in partnership with the Pit River Tribe, recently completed the Hat Creek River Parkway and Restoration Projects.  Located in Shasta County, the project included the restoration of 6.3 acres of riparian habitat and 1.5 miles of in-stream habitat. The project also constructed a 1.5 miles accessible trail and amenities to improve public access for recreational users, including hiking and fishing.

These projects were funded via the River Parkways Program under Proposition 84 and the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program.


October 28, 2017

Carpinteria State Beach Dune Restoration

California State Parks recently completed the Carpinteria State Beach Dune Restoration Project with strong inter-departmental cooperation with the California Conservation Corps. The project included vegetative restoration, a dune boardwalk, and interpretive elements. The boardwalk provides beach access to users with limited physical abilities for the first time. Although the dunes are beautiful, they have been a major physical barrier for people with limited physical abilities to see the ocean.  Now the boardwalk provides both view shed to the ocean and beach accessibility via the rubber mat system.

 

This project was funded via the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program.


October 28, 2017

Carpinteria Community Garden

This project was unique as it is the first EEM project mitigating for loss of agriculture farm land by installing community gardens. It included the development of a 25,000 square foot Community Garden and park on a City owned lot, along a former railroad corridor, in the heart of Carpinteria. The project has both standard lower garden plots and ADA compliant raised plots, distanced so wheel chairs can fit in between. The city also installed bioswales, stormwater capture system, and solar panels.

 

This project was funded via the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program.


October 9, 2017

Wiseburn Walking Path Completion

The Los Angeles Conservation Corps recently completed the Wiseburn Walking Path project located within the community of Wiseburn, east of the 405 freeway in Hawthorne.  The project includes a .7 mile pedestrian path, fitness zone areas, benches, solar powered security lighting, dog waste stations and trash receptacles.  Native and drought tolerant trees and plants enhance the path, providing habitat for butterflies and insects, and recreational opportunities and access to green space. In addition, the project reduces ambient temperatures and GHGs, and allows for storm water infiltration.  This project mitigates for the environmental impacts caused by the widening of I-405 along Sepulveda Blvd.

The project has strong community support and high usage since its grand opening on September 9.

This project was funded via the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program.


October 1, 2017

Harbour to 8th Richmond Greenway Project

Congrats to Trust for Public Land, The Watershed Group, Pogo Park and the City of Richmond on another successful Urban Greening project: The Harbour to 8th Richmond Greenway Project. The project expanded the greenway, including a 2,600 square foot vegetated bioswale to treat and slow flows from parking lot. Recycled wood  was used for benches and path delineation.

This project was funded via the Urban Greening Program under Proposition 84.


September 22, 2017

Mount Baldy Preservation

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”- Dr. Seuss

This Mount Baldy Ranch Land Acquisition project completed by The Conservation Fund included the preservation of over 200 acres along San Antonio Creek in the San Gabriel Mountains to protect wildlife corridors and riparian habitat and provide trail connections to adjacent public lands. Strong partnerships were well represented at the recent dedication event.

This project was funded via the River Parkways Program under Proposition 50.


June 28, 2017

Lower Adobe Creek Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Project

The Sonoma County Water Agency recently completed the Lower Adobe Creek Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Project.The project included the enhancement and restoration of over 6.6 acres of critical habitat in the Lower Adobe Creek.  The project improved riparian ecosystem function, water quality and salmonid migration conditions.

The Lower Adobe Creek Reaches 1 and 2 connect into an intricate local trail system that supports recreational use of Shollenberger Park, access to the Petaluma River, and trails associated with the Petaluma Water Treatment Plant and Ellis Creek. The public can access the project site and trail from South McDowell Blvd. between Lakeville Highway and Fisher Drive in Petaluma, CA.

 

   

 

This project was funded via the Environmental Enhancement & Mitigation Program


June 14, 2017

L.A. River Greenway Walking Trail

Another successful project! This half-mile of trail connects two previously existing segments of L.A. River Greenway Trail, creating a five-mile corridor along the river Los Angeles River for the public enjoyment. The project also included installation of vegetated bioswales and native vegetation to treat stormwater runoff; as well as new interpretive signage.

This project was funded via the River Parkways Program under Proposition 50.


May 24, 2017

Wilshire Park Elementary School Native Habitat Garden

Koreatown Youth & Community Center and LAUSD teamed up to complete a campus beautification project which converted an asphalt playground into an outdoor learning environment. The new garden includes native shade trees and shrubs, flowers and grasses. A dry riverbed and catchment basins were added for rainwater capture.

This project was funded via the Urban Greening Program under Proposition 84.


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