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Grassroots Actions for Ecological Restoration of Rivers & Oceans
3 June, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 8 June, 2022 @ 3:00 pm PDT
California Institute of Environmental Design & Management (CIEDM) as grassroots has being doing our part to take local-based actions, as in past years, for supporting and participating in two large-scale yet closely related awareness campaigns simultaneously: National Rivers Month 2022 in the U.S. through June at national level and World Oceans Day 2022 on June 8 at global level. At and around Arcadia EcoHome, one block west of Santa Anita Wash carrying stormwater from Angeles National Forest & San Gabriel Mountain just north of Arcadia, California, to San Gabriel River and Pacific Ocean, we have been doing and will expand following efforts through this month and especially on June 8th to assist in restoring waterway & ocean ecology with the goals to enhance carbon, water & heat sinking capacities, reach the “30×30” objectives, and mitigate climate impacts on our community and watershed in the Los Angeles Metropolitan region:
•Practice “leave-the-leaves” over the EcoHome’s ground, sweep street tree leaves from the street public right-of-way (ROW) including sidewalk, parkway, curb & gutter and parking lane in front of the EcoHome, and use all leaves as mulch in the EcoHome’s gardens.
•Practice “reduce-reuse-recycle”, collect trash on street ROW in front of the EcoHome on weekly basis and keep them with the small amount of waste generated on site in trash bins with tight-fitting lid.
•Install six rain barrels to collect rain & gray waters and use them to water outdoor plants.
•Install & maintain a distributed rainwater & graywater harvesting system around the house. It includes rain gutters & downspouts, rain barrels, rain chains, and rain gardens.
•Remove all turfs on the parkway and EcoHome yards, and replace them with California friendly landscapes and drought-tolerate plants.
•Store household hazardous waste in trash cans and dispose them only at Los Angeles County’s hazardous & e-waste collection drives.
•Never use chemical fertilizers & pesticides.
•Engage frequent cleanups, participate/register/report in the International & California Coastal Cleanup Day 2021 and the National River Cleanup 2021
•Post the Ocean Friendly Garden sign awarded by Surfrider Foundation, along with signs of Certified Pollinator Habitat, Certified Wildlife Habitat, & others in the EcoHome’s front yard at a highly visible spot from street as an educational showcase in the neighborhood.
•Spread & share our actions on social medias to raise public awareness of and actions for the two significant campaigns.