Design, Policy & Planning Resources
The reports, studies, and tools listed here are instrumental for interpreting natural resources in the Los Angeles region, and for advancing regenerative planning, policy, design, and continuing research.
Jeffrey Mount (Berkeley / Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1995)
An overview of the physical and biological processes that shape the state’s rivers and watersheds. Covers the basics of hydrology and geomorphology and evaluates the impact on waterways of different land use practices. Described as “A thinking persons guide to the physical processes behind the problems of managing California’s river and streams.”
ESTIMATING SPATIALLY AND TEMPORALLY VARYING RECHARGE AND RUNOFF FROM PRECIPITATION AND URBAN IRRIGATION IN THE LOS ANGELES BASIN, CALIFORNIA
Modeling of rainfall and runoff across the Los Angeles Basin with comprehensive inventory, finding on average: (1) evapotranspiration accounts for the greatest loss from the water cycle at approximately 1,479,308 acre-feet a year (AFY), runoff at 593,529 AFY, and recharge at 183,031 AFY.
Watershed Management Group
Los Angeles is not a desert, but the Watershed Management Group in Tucson, AZ is an extensively practiced and definitive source on nature-based solutions for water management in flashy systems like ours.
Eric Stein, Shawna Dark, Travis Longcore, Nicholas Hall, Michael Beland, Robin Grossing, Jason Casanova, Martha Sutula 2007
Covering San Gabriel River morphology and associated cover over time, with characteristics that translate to other braided channel systems of the LA Basin including the Los Angeles River.
Heal the Bay, Green LA Coalition, and Climate Resolve 2015
Guide and series of reports on best practices, policy, and feasibility for implementing living streets—an integration of green, cool, and complete streets.
US Bureau of Reclamation and LA County Flood Control District 2016
Comprehensive evaluation of runoff from different climate models, and project alternatives to address climate adaptation. Key points include river reclamation as a leading regional solution, and the significant potential for distributed projects to address flood management and water supply.
The River Project 2018
Cost-benefit review and definitions of terms for stormwater projects focused on distributed, nature-based projects.
Ryan Snyder Associates and Transportation Planning for Livable Communities (Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs 2011)
Comprehensive guidance on living streets serving as a template for inclusion and adoption by agencies and organizations.
Leading guides for regenerative, practical, and hands-on water capture, conservation, and reuse.
SEEKING STREAMS: A LANDSCAPE FRAMEWORK FOR URBAN AND ECOLOGICAL REVITALIZATION IN THE UPPER BALLONA CREEK WATERSHED
Brian Braa, Jessica Hall, Chiung-Chen Lian, and Greg McCollum
Inventory of creeks in the Ballona Creek watershed, including process and insights for identifying urban creeks and streams in other areas.
Council for Watershed Health 2014 and 2016
Monitoring study started in 2000 that has evaluated the groundwater quality impacts of stormwater capture projects. A gold standard in research and evaluation, demonstrating that capture projects are net positive for water quality, even at a heavy industrial site.
The River Project 2018
Overview, findings, and recommendations from the Water LA program pilot completed in 2014 including plan and policy resources.
Laura Allen 2015
Hands-on comprehensive guide for greywater reuse, rainwater harvesting, and waterless toilets at home.
Michael Drennan, Richard Haimann, Adi Liberman, Blake Murillo, Richard Watson, and Melanie Winter (Coalition for Our Water Future 2015)
A response to the 2013 Clean Water/Clean Beaches Measure proposed parcel fee, exploring potential incentives for managing stormwater on private property.