Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Protecting our Waterways

Last Wednesday I joined Elysian Valley residents, the California Coastal Conservancy, other environmental advocate, and engineering experts for the official ribbon-cutting of the Riverdale Avenue Los Angeles Green Streets Pilot Project.

The project beautifies both sides of Riverdale Ave. in Elysian Valley between Crystal Street and where it dead-ends into the Los Angeles River with native plants, permeable materials, and infiltration units that treat contaminated runoff before it flows into the river.

With funding from the Department of Public Works’ Bureaus of Sanitation, Engineering and Street Services, as well as the California Coastal Conservancy, this project is intended to pilot new standards for residential street design to reduce the pollution flowing into Los Angeles’ waterways.