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El Cerritos Rain Gardens Project Funded with ARRA

California received ARRA funding for water conservation projects such as El Cerrito and Contra Costa Clean Water Programs that developed Low Impact Development rain gardens.

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Managing urban runoff is an ongoing problem because it is so... well, so distributed. Rain gardens keep water on the lawns where it falls, and slows its absorption into the groundwater supply. And that's a very good solution for urban land management!

California Exceeds “Green” Funding Requirements, Spends $440M in Vital Water Quality Improvements

One Year of the Recovery Act (ARRA): Since President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, EPA has made progress in creating green jobs and improving the quality of public health and the environment through projects supported by Recovery Act funding.

EPA received more than $7 billion in stimulus funds, of which $710 million was distributed by the Pacific Southwest office to help communities throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Island Territories. Projects funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are being applied toward cleaner air, water and land, and new green jobs.

California Water Projects Funded by ARRA

Projects are taking place in California and throughout the Pacific Southwest. One such project is under construction that will provide critical protections to the San Francisco Bay.

El Cerrito Rain Gardens Stimulus funds are being leveraged in El Cerrito and communities throughout the Bay Area to add a green foundation to much needed infrastructure improvements. The project is hailed as an excellent model for how economic and environmental benefits can successfully work in tandem.

This is a partnership between the California State Water Control Resources Board, San Francisco Estuary Partnership, City of El Cerrito, San Francisco Estuary Institute and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

El Cerrito Green Streets Rain Gardens

El Cerrito Rain Gardens The Stormwater C.3 Guidebook includes a design procedure and criteria for Low Impact Development (LID) drainage design. Applicants for development approvals preserve natural drainage features; design buildings and circulation to minimize the amount of roofs and paving; substitute pervious surfaces such as turf, gravel, or pervious pavement for impervious pavement; disperse runoff from impervious surfaces to adjacent landscaping, and drain remaining impervious surfaces to bioretention or infiltration facilities or flow-through planters. Contra Costa municipalities will continue to require these procedures and criteria be used for regulated development projects, including capital improvement projects implemented by public agencies.

The state of California worked to distribute nearly half a billion dollars of money provided by U.S. EPA through the Recovery Act in order to help local governments finance many of the overdue improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment across the state.

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