Grants Database

Amigos de los Rios
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Project Title:
Emerald Necklace – Rio Hondo River Watershed – Multiple Objective Greenway Enhancement Project
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2020
Water Resources / Watershed Protection ; Environmental Health & Justice ; Environmental Education ; Habitat / Wilderness / Preservation ; Climate Change and Energy ; Land Management / Urban Sprawl / Open Space
Southern Coast
Los Angeles County
Project Description:

Amigos de los Rios requests $20,000 to support our Emerald Necklace – Rio Hondo River Watershed – Multiple Objective Greenway Enhancement project. This project will engage local students and community members in transforming a segment of the Rio Hondo flood control channel right of way from a barren area to one with enhanced habitat, urban forest canopy, active transit, habitat, and recreation value for adjacent disadvantaged communities. This initiative is part of a larger “Mountains to Sea” natural infrastructure network along the San Gabriel and Rio Hondo Rivers. We have completed native landscape design and permit process with L.A. County Public Works and relevant agencies to implement Urban Greening Project adjacent to the existing County Class 1 regional bike trail. Amigos will lead a series of Emerald Necklace Watershed Steward Volunteer Events, guiding participants in activities including planting native trees, shrubs and grasses along river corridor, to improve soil health, create infiltration planters to promote groundwater infiltration and prevent pollutants from entering river corridor and flowing to ocean. This multi-benefit project will improve stormwater capture, water resources management, and will provide environmental justice co-benefits for underserved Latino and Asian communities of eastern L.A. County, Project will improve watershed health, access to recreation, air and water quality protection, vector control, water conservation in public landscapes, reduce heat island impacts in response to public health challenges: including120 trees, over 800 native shrubs & grasses, i watershed health interpretive signage, enhanced permeable surfaces.This will transform a blighted underutilized area that serves local Arroyo High School and other student regionally as well as residents of El Monte, unincorporated L.A. County, and surrounding cities and provide a regional natural infrastructure amenity while training next-generation watershed stewards.