Culver City Rain Gardens Need Volunteers

culver-city-raingarden550 The Culver City Rain Gardens capture rain and surface runoff, filter noxious contaminants that would otherwise flow into the Ballona Creek, and beautify the urban landscape. Your help is needed to weed, water, and maintain the garden to give the newly planted natives time to take root and thrive. The Bay Foundation is offering Community Service hours given along with plenty of feel good vibes for a job well done in helping to keep our waterways clean.

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.

Bring water, sunscreen, a snack if desired, and please wear closed-toed shoes. Tools and gloves provided.

South Creek Side Location – Commercial
At the end of Pearson Avenue, 500 feet from Jefferson Boulevard. Parking on Jefferson Boulevard on either side of Pearson Avenue.

Aug 16, 2014 (South Creek Side Location – Commercial)
Sep 20, 2014 (South Creek Side Location – Commercial)
Oct 18, 2014 (South Creek Side Location – Commercial)

North Creek Side Location – Residential
At the end of Jackson Avenue behind locked gate opened for the event. For GPS navigation, use 4306 Jackson Avenue. Parking anywhere along Jackson Avenue.

Nov 15, 2014 (North Creek Side Location – Residential)
Dec 13, 2014 (North Creek Side Location – Residential)

Cleanups from 10 am to 1 pm

For more Information & Questions: Call site supervisor Mark Abramson at (310) 490-0279.

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