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Water Wise Showcase handout

  1. 1. FRIENDS OF BALBOA PARK WATER-WISE SHOWCASE OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS Thursday May 23, 2013 Reuben H. Fleet Science Center SHOWCASE SCHEDULE 4:30 – 5:00 PM Exhibit Hall. Second floor: Project Stations, Hors d’oeuvres & Beverages 5:00 – 6:00 PM Community Room. First floor: Formal Presentations—Agenda Below 6:00 – 7:00 PM Exhibit Hall, Second floor: Project Stations, Hors d’oeuvres & Beverages 6:15 – 6:45 PM Optional Tour of the Plaza de Balboa Smartscape. Meet by the Bea Evenson Fountain in front of the Reuben H. Fleet at 6:15 PM. PROGRAM PRESENTATIONS 5:00 – 6:00 PM Welcome – Betty Peabody, Founder, Friends of Balboa Park Jim Hughes, Chairman of the Board, Friends of Balboa Park Program Goals and Strategy – Dr Laurie Broedling, Friends of Balboa Park Water-wise Project Manager City Perspectives  Council President Todd Gloria  Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner  Bruce Martinez, Balboa Park Operations District Manager, San Diego Park and Recreation Department  Smart Irrigation Control – Mike Tully, Balboa Park Grounds Maintenance Manager, San Diego Park and Recreation Department Water Infrastructure Mapping - Dr. Matt Rahn, San Diego State University, Director, Research and Resource Management, Field Stations Program and Academic Advisor Environmental Sciences Program Plaza de Balboa Smartscape and Water Reclamation – Rene Trevino, Architect; Senior Program Manager for KMEA; Former Executive Director for Navy Region Southwest 1
  2. 2. Bird Park Smartscape – Lucy Warren, Co-author of The California Native Landscape: The Homeowner's Design Guide to Restoring Its Beauty and Balance; Chair of the Horticulture Committee of Friends of Balboa Park Center for H2O Experience – Dr. Vinod Sasidharan, San Diego State University, Associate Professor School of Hospitality and Tourism Management and Advisor, Sustainable Tourism Management Emphasis Other Projects - Mario Llanos, Balboa Park Horticulturalist, San Diego Park and Recreation Department Ingredients to Success, Past and Future – Dr. Stanley Maloy, San Diego State University, Dean of the College of Sciences, Professor of Biology Call to Action – Ann Wilson, Chair-Elect, Friends of Balboa Park THANK YOU TO OUR PROJECT PARTNERS AND MAJOR DONORS o o o o o o o o o o o Dick and Dorothea Laub The Favrot Fund Dan and Vi McKinney The Wong Family Foundation San Diego State University Office of City Council President Todd Gloria Balboa Park Cultural Partnership Balboa Park Conservancy Reuben H. Fleet Science Center – especially for hosting us San Diego Chapter - US Green Building Council San Diego Park and Recreation Department INTRODUCTION: WHY WATER-WISE AND WHO WE ARE San Diego’s Balboa Park is located in a semi-arid region but uses a great deal of water for outdoor purposes, including irrigation, hardscape cleaning, water features. All of this water is expensive drinking water whose sources are far from San Diego. Here are some other significant water issues in the Park:       All irrigation delivered by spray irrigation systems or manually, resulting in evaporation and run-off Sprinklers operated manually until recently Water infrastructure old, poorly documented, and deteriorated Degraded flora, soil, hardscape and buildings from run-off and inefficient irrigation Park flora have not been selected with regard to water use, compatibility with soils, fauna etc. Water and flora patterns have created safety concerns Because of this, Water-wise was formed around the kernel of one generous donor who funded the smart irrigation control system now used in Balboa Park. This project in turn led to the creation of the Water-wise Community of Practice, and resulted in a long-term plan called The Roadmap, which you can download at the 2
  3. 3. website below. The Roadmap is a living document, and today’s Showcase is the first major milestone on that road: showing you what we’ve accomplished in Year One. A list of the Water-wise Community of Practice members appears later in this program. This printed program is intended to serve as an outline and introduction to the Friends’ Water-wise page at http://w-w.friendsofbalboapark.org/tiki-index.php There you will find more detailed information about the Water-wise initiative as well as the posters and presentations from the Showcase. OUR GOALS 1. Optimize water use in the parkland by 2020. “Water-wise” means optimizing the use of water, thereby making the Park more environmentally sustainable while keeping it healthy and fit for appropriate human uses. Decisions about the optimal use of water are based not only on reducing water use but also on the systemic impacts of water use on other natural resources such as air, energy, soil, re-use/recycling of materials, etc. 2. Contribute significantly toward making Balboa Park an internationally recognized best practice in water use. 3. Make Balboa Park an internationally recognized best practice in use of the collaborative Community of Practice model to achieve these goals. 4. Establish and operate the Friends of Balboa Park Center for H2O Experience to support the three goals above through eco-tourism and eco-education for visitors, students and staff. HOW WE WILL ACHIEVE THEM We will use the Living Laboratory approach, applying the latest state-of-the-art knowledge and technology through field research and evaluation. To achieve goal number one we plan to Smartscape the Park by 2020 by doing the following:         Grid the park into sections using existing official plans Study each section of the grid for usage patterns Assign the purpose(s) for each section, then document existing ecology and water delivery Designate necessary changes to optimize water use and related ecological features Design improved water-wise delivery along with improved ecological features Implement these changes simultaneously Assess and monitor impacts Document the resulting water-wise practices to share with visitors students, and staff This ambitious undertaking means each of these areas will require one or more of the following:        Accurate maps of water infrastructure Improvements to water infrastructure Equipment to measure water flow and usage Improvements to soil, flora & fauna, slopes and drainage Means to collect and distribute sub-drinking grade water Treatment technology for this water, if needed Accurate maps of the new Smartscape 3
  4. 4.  Package the proven water-wise practices into educational programs MEMBERS OF THE FOBP WATER-WISE COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE Ravi Bajaj, San Diego U.S. Green Building Council, Project Coordinator Vanessa Bolles, Nasland Engineering, Design Engineer Laurie Broedling, Manager, FOBP Water-wise Program; LB Organizational Consulting Joaquin Dominguez, San Diego State University, Intern Francesco Dorigo, Advanced Water Recycling, President/Founder Vicki Estrada, Estrada Land Planning President Kennedy Gammage, Communications & Media Relations Professional Bob Gilleskie, Marine Corp Installations West, Regional Energy Manager Richard Graff, Richard Graff Designs, Owner Ruth Hayward, Friends of Balboa Park Horticulture Committee Member Len Hering, California Center for Sustainable Energy, Executive Director Steve Hill, Councilman Gloria's Office John Knepp, Advanced Water Recycling, Chief Technical Officer Douglas Kot, San Diego U.S. Green Building Council, Executive Director Kalli Legakes, San Diego State University, Intern Rebecca Lewison, San Diego State University, Conservation Ecologist Paulina Lis, Sustainable Tourism Consultant, San Diego U.S. Green Building Council Stanley Maloy, San Diego State University, Dean, College of Sciences David McGrew, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Engineering & Facilities Director Jennifer McKenzie, AMEC, Senior Program Manager and Federal Energy Account Manager Kotaro Nakamura, San Diego State University, School of Art, Design, and Art History, Associate Professor Nima Nekoui, Silver Citrus LLC Technology Consultant Betty Peabody, Friends of Balboa Park, Founder Matt Rahn, Environmental Sciences Program, San Diego State University, Director, Research and Resource Management, Field Stations Program Jessica Rinaman, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, Manager, Sustainability Vinod Sasidharan, San Diego State University, Recreation and Tourism Management Program, Associate Professor Alan Sweedler, San Diego State University, Assistant Vice President for International Programs Robert Thiele, Robert Thiele AIA, Architect Rene Trevino, KMEA, Senior Program Manager Clayton Tschudy, Executive Director, Garden Native Lucy Warren, Friends of Balboa Park Board, Chair of Horticulture Committee Ann Wilson, Chair-Elect, Friends of Balboa Park Board of Directors Sue Young, Friends of Balboa Park Horticulture Committee Member Tom Zink, Soil Ecology and Restoration Group, San Diego State University; Biology Department Faculty COUNTDOWN TO 2020: PRIME OPPORTUNITIES FOR 2013-2015 Our Water-Wise Program Is Preserving Balboa Park's Parkland One Drop at a Time, but We Need Your Help to Smartscape the Park by 2020 4
  5. 5. At the one year mark, water-wise has already made a difference in our Park. Now that you’re more familiar with our successes, you can see where your own passions coincide with ours, in the areas of infrastructure, botany, ecology, the latest water-wise technologies, and more. Together, we can achieve winning outcomes that will preserve our beloved Balboa Park for future generations. Your support is needed to smartscape every area of Balboa Park. We have partnered with the Balboa Park Conservancy to amass the total resources necessary to meet our 2020 goal. In the immediate term, backing is most needed to move our existing projects into rapid implementation. As soon we’ve tested and streamlined our approach, it can be expeditiously applied to the rest of the park. 1. Plaza de Balboa Smartscape – Central Mesa This smartscape will require all of the elements listed in the “How” section above. The smartscape map shows the exact area, and it consists of several sub-areas, each of which needs to be treated differently because they are used differently: Plaza/fountain area, Zoro Garden, part of the Prado, the Persian Rug Garden, the parking lot behind the Fleet, and the strip between Park Blvd and the Fleet and Plaza. In Phase 1 a feasibility study was done. Phase 2 can include reclaiming several types of water from two adjacent buildings (Fleet and Casa de Balboa), air conditioning condensate, rainwater, cooling tower water and water by-product from a reverse osmosis system. Capturing this runoff will stop the damage water runoff is doing to these buildings and surrounding landscape. Also it can replace potable water for irrigation, and potentially other outdoor purposes. Concurrently the adjacent landscape will gradually be re-designed to use more drought-tolerant plants and appropriate soils while optimizing the plant palette for the use of each sub-area. State-of-the-art irrigation systems will be introduced. Collectively this will improve plant health and reduce maintenance costs. Phase 2 is limited to what possibly could be accomplished between now and 2015. A Phase 3 will be conducted in 2016-2017 to install permanent water reclamation and complete the smartscaping. Donor Opportunities: Phase 2 2013 - 2015: Water Reclamation Pilot Project: $60,000 Landscape Architecture:  Plaza de Balboa Courtyard and planters between museums: $300,000  Persian Water Rug Courtyard: $45,000  Prado Promenade: $100,000  Zoro Garden: $170,000  Lawn area along Park Blvd from Fleet parking entrance to bridge: $200,000  Canyon brush clear out adjacent to Zoro Garden: $15,000  Parking areas: $35,000 2. Bird Park Smartscape – East Mesa This smartscape will require most, but not all, of the elements listed in the “How” section above. The ecology of this existing park will be changed to emphasize use of native plants, restoration of the original soil, and reestablishment of native fauna (especially birds). Between more use of drought-tolerant plants and improvements to irrigation technology, water use will drop significantly, maintenance will drop, and plant health will increase. Donor Opportunity: Phase 1 through 2015 $130K 3. Mapping our Park’s existing water infrastructure and related features and introducing water measurement using state-of-the-art technology 5
  6. 6. Accurate maps of mains, valves, and backflows are an absolute necessity for a water-wise park. These are now done for the Central Mesa and available to City staff. These interactive maps display layers of data about the water infrastructure in the park, and can be used for several important purposes, including locating the closest valves to fix water main breaks and leaks. The technology that was developed is free, usable by anyone authorized, and can be accessed on a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Another need is for better measurement systems in the park to measure water use and to detect impending problems before they happen. Long-term goals include:  Map all aspects of water infrastructure in the Park, adding in irrigation lines and heads, storm drains, sewer drains, and water meters/sub-meters—more water infrastructure that is now inadequately documented.  Add additional layers of information to the map, including soils, slopes, flora and fauna.  Install state-of-the art water measurement technology to monitor usage and detect issues before they become problems. A Phase 2 plan has been developed to do mapping for the smartscapes at Bird Park and Plaza de Balboa as well as to explore water usage and detection technologies for the Park. Donor opportunity: Phase 2 2013 – 2014: $100K 4. The Friends of Balboa Park Center for H2O Experience The Center will be the public face of water-wise in the years and decades to come, offering instruction in water-wise practices that visitors, students, and staff can employ in their own homes, workplaces, and communities worldwide - while driving eco-tourists to come to Balboa Park and directly experience cutting edge water-wise practices. Funding our training programs, videos and other online and hands-on educational opportunities will make a big difference, spreading the how-to of water-wise to a thirsty planet. Donors will receive recognition on the Center’s website and in other materials. Significant donors will be officially designated as sponsors. Sponsors who donate in the next 12 months will be designated as “Founding Sponsors.” Support is needed for two types of tasks:  Creating and maintaining the structure of the center, first in its virtual, website form and eventually its physical structure.  Development of specific educational programs: During 2013-2014 to teach topics such how to plant native plants to save water and attract native birds; how to use the new mapping technology; how to reclaim rainwater and air conditioning condensate for irrigation. Donor opportunities for 2013 – 2014; a range exists depending on the purpose of the donation: $10,000 – $175,000 5. Improvements to the Smart Irrigation Control System: Two additional features would significantly enhance the ability to effectively use this system, furthering savings in water, improvements in plant health, reduction of runoff and erosion, and damage to buildings. One is introduction of soil sensors. The other is use of master valves and flow sensors to install just after the back flows. Donor Opportunities for Phase 2; 2013-2014:  Soil sensors – Up to 100 are needed but any amount would be useful: $43,000  Master valves and flow sensors – Up to 60 are needed but any amount would be useful: $140,000 6. Australian Garden: 6
  7. 7. The Australian garden recently received a facelift thanks to The Friends of Balboa Park, California Releaf, City staff, and several different work groups of students. As part of this horticultural facelift, we planted drought tolerant Australian native trees and shrubs in the area. By using this carefully selected low water-use plant palette, we spruced up the area with some very rare Australian plants and did not have to supplement the existing spray rotor system. We currently water manually and sparingly to acclimate the plant stock. There are hopes to incorporate drip irrigation throughout the area on an automated system. Donor Opportunity for 2013-2014: $7,200 7. Median on Park Boulevard With help from Hunter Irrigation, City staff conducted a water audit on one of our medians on Park Blvd. to explore the option of switching out the current spray-type nozzles with a type of rotating nozzle that applies water to the existing turf more efficiently to decrease runoff and improve distribution uniformity. After swapping out the nozzles from sprays to rotating ones, we found that although the original spray design was very efficient, we could slightly gain efficiencies in distribution but also greatly reduce the amount of water used to irrigate and reduce runoff. We are pleased with the trial median results and are now entertaining the prospect of switching over all remaining Park Blvd. medians to rotating nozzles. Donor Opportunity for 2013-2014: $12,000 8. Corridor between Prado and Timken Museum This area is currently irrigated by spray heads down both ends of the corridor. The plant palette in the area consists of several specimen palms and at one time had smaller shrubs and groundcover. Since the area now only has large palms, the spray heads are no longer necessary and only promote weed growth in the area. Staff has cleaned the area and is poised to enhance it with rare and like specimen palms and cycads. The recommendation is to change to drip irrigation for the existing and proposed specimens. Drip is currently not used in the park for concerns that pests will chew through drip tubing and a high traffic park setting is not ideal for drip tubing. However, in this area there is no foot traffic, and the surrounding areas are sufficiently populated that pests do not seem to be present. Donor Opportunity for 2013-2014: $4,200 9. Island in South Carousel Lot At the north end of the South Carousel parking lot there is a recently renovated island in need of new irrigation and a plant palette. Staff recommends implementing subsurface drip irrigation system (fleece tubing…not yet used anywhere in the Park) and a drought tolerant plant palette. Donor Opportunity for 2013-2014: $ 4,800 YOU’VE SEEN THE WATER-WISE FUTURE – AND IT CAN BE SUSTAINABLE, THANKS TO YOU. Please visit us online at http://w-w.friendsofbalboapark.org/tiki-index.php, contact us at info@friendsofbalboapark.org , or contact Laurie Broedling, FOBP Water-wise Program Manager, lbroedling@earthlink.net to discuss joining us on this amazing journey to a water-wise Balboa Park. Together we will make it happen! 7
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