One of the project ideas that came out of developing the Tujunga/Pacoima Watershed Plan was to replace the 3/4 mile-long concrete median along Woodman Avenue in Panorama City with a naturalized swale that could capture all the rain runoff from the surrounding 120 acres and infiltrate it to groundwater rather than funnel it into the nearby Tujunga Wash and out to the Ocean via the LA River.
We partnered with the Los Angeles Dept. of Water & Power and the City's Bureau of Sanitation & Street Services on a grant from Prop 50 to do just that - replacing hardscape with something more natural and permeable, while improving ecosystem function.
We also partnered with Ranchito 4th and 5th grade classes and San Fernando Valley HS students, using a tailored curriculum which met state science standards and involved the youth in creating the project's interpretive features.
Community Meetings scheduled throughout the project informed and involved the neighborhood, taking input on design and use needs.
In a normal rain year, the project will infiltrate about 80 acre-feet of rainwater to groundwater, helping us rebuild a reliable local watery supply. In addition it will improve water quality, reduce storm flows, and create native habitat. All the while making a more pleasant, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood.
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