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Claire Robinson

  1. 1. PARTNERSHIPS & FUNDING Claire Robinson, President Amigos de los Rios – The Emerald Necklace Group [email_address] 626 676 5027 2011 California Releaf Urban & Community Forests Conference September 16th, 2011
  2. 2. LA & SG River Watershed Region San Gabriel River Los Angeles River Rio Hondo River
  3. 3. Olmsted’s Vision for Green Infrastructure Initial Case Study Area
  4. 5. <ul><li>Multi - Jurisdictional - Re-purpose & Adaptive Re-use </li></ul><ul><li>Public Health & Environmental Health </li></ul><ul><li>Recreation Opportunities in Underserved Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Urban Biodiversity & Habitat Creation </li></ul><ul><li>Access to Nature/Multi Modal Learning – Cultural History </li></ul><ul><li>Local Natural & Cultural Heritage </li></ul><ul><li>Youth JobTraining/Project Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Water & Air Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Alternative Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Global Climate Action/Heat Island Mitigation </li></ul>Multi-Benefit Projects
  5. 7. Coalition Member Cities Unincorporated Areas <ul><li>Charro Equestrian Joint </li></ul><ul><li>Council </li></ul><ul><li>Park El Monte Improvement Association </li></ul>State & County Agencies <ul><li>Hacienda Heights Homeowners’ Association </li></ul><ul><li>Workman Mill Road Homeowners’ Association </li></ul><ul><li>Rivers & Mountains Conservancy </li></ul><ul><li>Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors </li></ul>The Emerald Necklace Coalition Member Agencies Emerald Necklace Region Local Cities <ul><li>City of Azusa </li></ul><ul><li>City of Bell </li></ul><ul><li>City of Duarte </li></ul><ul><li>City of Irwindale </li></ul><ul><li>City of Baldwin Park </li></ul><ul><li>City of El Monte </li></ul><ul><li>City of South El Monte </li></ul><ul><li>City of San Gabriel </li></ul><ul><li>City of South Gate </li></ul><ul><li>City of Whittier </li></ul><ul><li>City of Pico Rivera </li></ul><ul><li>City of Montebello </li></ul><ul><li>City of La Puente </li></ul><ul><li>Gateway Alliance – 20 Cities </li></ul>Community Based Organizations School Districts <ul><li>Pico Rivera El Monte </li></ul><ul><li>South El Monte Rosemead </li></ul>
  6. 8. EMERALD NECKLACE ACCORD - 2005 Initial draft authored by Clark Moseley – City of El Monte
  7. 9. San Gabriel Mountains <ul><li>Nationally designated Wilderness Area- San Gabriel </li></ul><ul><li>TOTAL Acreage, Biodiversity, Historical Significance from web site or web, watershed function – water harvesting, municipal water supply </li></ul>
  8. 10. River Greenway – Global Climate Action/Heat Island Mitigation
  9. 11. Rio Hondo
  10. 12. Catalina Island
  11. 14. Emerald Necklace Park Network Alhambra Wash Rubio Wash Eaton Wash Santa Anita Wash Arcadia Wash SAN GABRIEL RIVER RIO HONDO RIVER Walnut Creek San Jose Creek Connection Trail TIER ONE: E: 5 acres and greater TIER TWO: 3-5 acres TIER Three: 2 acres and less “Pocket Parks – Entrances” TIER FOUR: Connector Trails Park Hierarchy Forest Gateway Initial Case Study Area
  12. 15. THE EMERALD NECKLACE: RECONNECTING NATURAL SYSTEMS ACROSS THE WATERSHED Catalina Island Angeles National Forest
  13. 16. <ul><li>Necessity of </li></ul><ul><li>Green Infrastructure: </li></ul><ul><li>Majority of the population </li></ul><ul><li>live in urban areas: </li></ul><ul><li>PUBLIC HEALTH </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to Recreation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Equity/Environmental </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Justice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nature Deficit Disorder </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Air & Water Quality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Greenhouse Gas Uptake </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Heat Island Mitigation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>COMPLIANCE FEDERAL </li></ul><ul><li>& STATE MANDATES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clean Water & Air Acts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ms4 Permits, SB375… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>BEAUTY…CULTURE </li></ul>
  14. 17. Youth Job Training- “Green Collar”
  15. 18. Habitat Creation/Biodiversity Re- Vegetation of Asphalt Quilt – Global Climate Action/Heat Island Mitigation
  16. 19. Green Infrastructure – Global Climate Action/Heat Island Mitigation
  17. 21. COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION EXPERIENCE
  18. 22. Rio Hondo
  19. 25. ‘ Multi Benefit’ Project Components
  20. 26. Green Infrastructure – Global Climate Action/Heat Island Mitigation
  21. 27. Rio Vista Park Eco Rain Tanks Green Infrastructure – Water Resources: Conservation, Infiltration
  22. 28. <ul><li>Land Use /Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Parks & Parkways </li></ul><ul><li>Contours and Topography </li></ul><ul><li>Porosity & Permeability </li></ul><ul><li>Matching Sources and Uses of Water </li></ul><ul><li>California Friendly Plants </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge of Native Soils </li></ul><ul><li>Interest in Native Habitat </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural & Natural History </li></ul><ul><li>S W A L E C U L T U R E </li></ul>Water Resources
  23. 30. COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION EXPERIENCE
  24. 32. Amigos de los Rios – The Emerald Necklace Green Infrastructure – What is it?
  25. 33. La Historia Society
  26. 36. Natural & Cultural History Green Infrastructure – Nexus of Natural & Cultural History
  27. 38. Tongva Gabrielino Tribe
  28. 39. Habitat Creation/Biodiversity Re- Vegetation of Asphalt Quilt – Global Climate Action/Heat Island Mitigation
  29. 41. Green Infrastructure – Global Climate Action/Heat Island Mitigation
  30. 46. Green Infrastructure – Global Climate Action/Heat Island Mitigation
  31. 47. Green Infrastructure – Multi Modal Learning – Green Civitas
  32. 48. Green Infrastructure – Urban Forestry – Safe Routes to School
  33. 51. <ul><li>PASSIVE ACTIVE INTERLACE </li></ul><ul><li>State-of-the-art: Sports Field and Perimeter Nature Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Outdoor Interpretive Area / Re Connect to Nature </li></ul>* Congressional Appropriation- Congresswoman, Hilda Solis partial funding City of El Monte Durfee/Thompson School
  34. 52. Green Infrastructure – Global Climate Action/Heat Island Mitigation
  35. 54. Beneficial Impacts of GreenBelt - Health issues addressed - Recreational Opportunities - Watershed Sensibility/ Environmental Education Gibson Park March 2005 The Emerald Necklace Green Infrastructure – Global Climate Action/Heat Island Mitigation
  36. 55. Mariposa Park Gibson Park March 2005 <ul><li>Community Driven </li></ul><ul><li>Design Process </li></ul><ul><li>River Connection to the Emerald </li></ul><ul><li>Necklace Regional Network </li></ul><ul><li>Partner w/David Evans & Associates </li></ul>* State Urban Park Grant Supervisor Molina, Prop A Rivers and Mountains Conservancy City of El Monte -Quimby, Per Capita 4.5 acre park Green Infrastructure – Global Climate Action/Heat Island Mitigation
  37. 56. Global Climate Action/Heat Island Mitigation
  38. 62. Willard Payne School
  39. 64. Green Infrastructure – Global Climate Action/Heat Island Mitigation
  40. 65. Community Designs local Clean Air Bus Line
  41. 66. Urban Forestry Management Plan
  42. 68. CalFire Innovative Urban Forestry Tree Power Project
  43. 72. Assembling Funding <ul><li>Greek mosaicists use small cubes </li></ul><ul><li>cut from stone, to give a greater </li></ul><ul><li>range of color, add fragments </li></ul><ul><li>of colored glass. These are, tesserae , </li></ul><ul><li>the basic ingredients </li></ul><ul><li>of subsequent mosaics. As </li></ul><ul><li>tesserae become brighter and smaller, </li></ul><ul><li>there is little limit to the pictorial </li></ul><ul><li>effects which can be achieved.   </li></ul>
  44. 73. Strategic Growth Council <ul><li>Chair Cynthia Bryant, Chief Deputy Director of Department of Finance, OPR Director Designee </li></ul><ul><li>Linda Adams, Secretary for California Environmental Protection Agency </li></ul><ul><li>Kim Belshé, Secretary for Health and Human Services, </li></ul><ul><li>Dale Bonner, Secretary for Business, Transportation and Housing, </li></ul><ul><li>Lester Snow, Secretary for Natural Resources Agency, and: </li></ul><ul><li>Bob Fisher, public member </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Finance, Office of Professional Responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>California Environmental Protection Agency </li></ul><ul><li>Health and Human Services, </li></ul><ul><li>Business, Transportation and Housing, </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Resources Agency </li></ul><ul><li>Public member </li></ul>
  45. 74. Columbia School
  46. 75. EFFECTIVE URBAN GREENING <ul><li>Requires Leadership work at multiple scales simultaneously: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Watershed Scale/Regional Scale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Municipal Scale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>GENERAL PLAN/RELATED IMPLEMENTATION PLANS & </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MULTIPLE BENEFIT DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community/Neighborhood Scale </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>COMMUNITY BASED DESIGN & ENGAGEMENT </li></ul></ul></ul>
  47. 76. Emerald Necklace Total Distance A) Alhambra Wash to Eaton Wash B) Eaton Wash to South Edge of Peck Park C) Peck Road Water Conservation Park to San Gabriel River D) Ramona Blvd. to Whittier Narrows E) Whittier Narrows SGR to Seal Beach F) Whittier Narrows LA River to Long Beach 2.0 3.0 2.5 8.0 20.0 20.0 Distance Miles Segments Grand Total 88.4 Total length of River Corridor 57.4 A B C D E F G G) City of Bell to River Confluence 4 Green Infrastructure – Global Climate Action/Heat Island Mitigation Peck Park to Mountains (RH) – 5.0 Peck Park to Mountains (SGR) – 6.5
  48. 79. MOUNTAIN VIEW HIGH SCHOOL INITIAL CONCEPT PLAN
  49. 80. COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION EXPERIENCE
  50. 82. Transit Oriented Development
  51. 83. Affordable Housing
  52. 85. Left to Right : Ceaser Viramontes, Ignacio Guitierez, Nancy, Jesus Covarrubias, Brandon, Matthew Holguin, Hernan Quintanilla, Micheal Smith, Aaron Montenegro, Eddie Yebras, Isamar Martinez, Kevin Nham, Elias Villa, Armando Farfan Emerald Necklace Action Team
  53. 86. THE EMERALD NECKLACE: RECONNECTING NATURAL SYSTEMS ACROSS THE WATERSHED Catalina Island Angeles National Forest
  54. 87. <ul><li>Claire Robinson, President </li></ul><ul><li>Amigos de los Rios – The Emerald Necklace Group </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>626 676 5027 </li></ul>

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