NEWS: $4 Million to Fund Green Streets and Capture Rain

I’m a homegrown Angeleno.

Growing up in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, I felt the effects pollution and treeless streets have on under-resourced communities. It was hard growing up in a place where kids had to stay home from school because our streets were flooded with stagnant, toxic water. But it’s because of these very same experiences that I stand where I am today– stronger and devoted to seeing neighborhoods be transformed into thriving, safe and healthy spaces.

Fighting for the environment is fighting for people.

Last month, Los Angeles County, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and LA Waterkeeper agreed to a forward-thinking $4 million settlement supporting green streets and residential stormwater capture projects in unincorporated LA and Watts. We are excited to be part of this partnership to green more communities, reduce urban water runoff and make communities more water-secure!

Each year, billions of gallons of untreated, polluted water is sent into LA rivers and ultimately our beaches, reeking havoc on our ecosystems and health. But thanks to this settlement, communities around LA County are getting a chance to be transformed and serve as climate-conscious models for us all.

TreePeople is proud to be part of the effort to invest $1.2 million of the funds by way of rain gardens and drought-tolerant landscaping to residents living in neighborhoods with high climate-risk. We will partner with LA County, NRDC, LA WaterKeeper and local community organizations to change the lives of up to 40 households to combat the effects of drought and make sure that precious rainwater goes straight to gardens and into the ground, not to polluting our ocean or our rivers.

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LA County will support a $2.8 million green street project complete with tree plantings, drought-smart landscaping, solar-powered trash cans, porous sidewalks and more to capture, clean and use the rain where it falls in the historic community of 103rd Street (“Charcoal Alley”) in Watts. This will protect the LA River, people and our ocean from polluted runoff while also fighting drought and recharging groundwater supplies. The community will also have the gift of a beautiful, walkable outdoor space improving overall health– “Charcoal Alley” no more!

This is big news for our region. We are thrilled to work with our partners and LA County to serve environmental justice to the people who need it most.

I invite you to join us in the climate action movement!!
To learn more,  visit our Action Center to see what you can do at home for a more sustainable 2017.