Sept. 18, 2015 08:19

Stormwater Project to Create Urban Oasis

A new $3 million stormwatercapture project in Pacoima, California, will reduce flooding and potentially transform a gritty urban neighborhood into an oasis. The Laurel Canyon Boulevard Green Street Project will add new sidewalks, drought-friendly flower beds and natural filters, as well as capturing 13 million gallons of water per year for future use.

Rainwater will trickle through parkway infiltration swales between new curbs and sidewalks, and enter ‘dry wells’ containing filters leading into an underground aquifer. Los Angeles is under a mandate to cut its use of imported water in half by 2024.


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