Ballona Creek Rain Gardens, a public meeting about pending project, will be listening, learning and gathering momentum at the Dan Pattacchia Room, Culver City Hall, Tuesday, Sept.21, 5:30 to 7 p.m. This Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation project will create run-off filtering gardens within the County’s existing Ballona Creek Right-of-Way in the vicinity of Jackson Avenue and Revere Place on one side and Pearson Street on the other.
A rain garden is a planted depression that allows rainwater from urban areas like roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas the opportunity to be absorbed. This reduces rain runoff by allowing water to soak into the ground (as opposed to flowing into storm drains which causes pollution, flooding and diminished groundwater. Rain gardens can cut down on the amount of pollution reaching creeks and streams by up to 30%.
Native plants are recommended for rain gardens because they generally are more tolerant of one’s local climate, soil, and water conditions, and attract local wildlife such as native birds. The plants take up excess water flowing into the rain garden. Water filters through soil layers before entering the groundwater system. Root systems maintain or even augment soil permeability, provide moisture redistribution, and sustain diverse microbial populations. A more wide-ranging definition covers all the possible elements that can be used to capture, channel, divert, and make the most of the natural rain and snow that falls on a property. A whole garden can become a rain garden, and all of the individual elements that we deal with in detail are either components of it, or are small-scale rain gardens in themselves.
Attend this meeting tonight and add your voice to the project.