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suspended sediment before flowing to two 18” below-surface perforated pipes. Infiltra- tion rates in this part of the city are in excess of 10” per hour, facilitating the movement of water down over 200 feet to the water table. Sidewalks, curbs, and gutters were installed for the first time on the street, directing flows into bioswales in front of each house; driveway trench drains also were installed to direct water into the bioswales. Homeowners were offered private property improvements for their front yards; thirteen homeowners opted into the program. They worked directly with the landscape archi- tects to design personalized landscapes that include pervious pavements, rain barrels, smart irrigation controllers with drip irriga- tion, native and drought-tolerant plants and bioswales. The residents were active and engaged part- Avenue. The Council for Watershed Healthquarterly. One resident became certified ners in the entire project; on-site meetings is performing a stormwater capture andas an urban forester by project partner in Spanish and English solicited input into green-space retrofit in the adjacent pedes-TreePeople and she now leads community the designs. Each homeowner was given a trian alleyway, called the Elmer Paseo. Losworkdays. maintenance manual unique to the features Angeles City Department of Public Works and plantings on their property and commu- At the time of this article, two additional nity trainings and service days are conducted projects are being installed at Elmer Continued on page 22 www.ca-nv-awwa.org 21


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