West Basin: Ocean-Friendly Landscape Program
Through Prop 50 funding, West Basin is able to provide a variety of programs, classes, and services to help residents reduce the amount of water used outdoors and prevent polluted runoff from reaching our local beaches. The Ocean Friendly Garden program, which is in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation and G3 LA, provides free native, ocean-friendly landscaping classes, hands-on-workshops, irrigation for large landscapes, rebates for the ‘smart’ sprinkler controllers for residents and demonstration gardens for public spaces. For more information these gardens, click here. Ocean friendly gardens are sustainable landscapes that reduce the amount of watering required for the garden, utilize rainwater as a resource, and retain the stormwater from nearby impermeable surfaces.
Funding Award: $1,398,000
Pictures: Hands-On Workshops
Pictures from left to right: Before, Rendering after 3-5 years
LA County Sanitation District: JWPCP Marshland Enhancement Project
The Joint Water Pollution Control Plant is one of the largest wastewater treatment plants in the world, and is the largest of the Sanitation District’s wastewater treatment plants. As mitigation for expansion of the Joint Water Pollution Control Plant, the Sanitation District restored the Bixby Marshland, which sits on 17-acres in the northeast corner of the facility. The restoration, which received Prop 50 funding, included elimination of water within 100 feet of the treatment facility, expansion of the marsh, and the creation of seasonal wetlands, deep water, a nesting island, and riparian habitats. The enhancement project functions as an offline wetland treatment system for 2.16 million gallons per day.
The design also incorporated public access and a new educational area. Key features of the project include a parking lot for visitors, a demonstration garden, marsh overlooks, a wildlife-viewing island, shade pavilions, and a system of ADA accessible trails and boardwalks.
Funding Award: $400,000
Learn more about the Bixby Marshland here