INGLEWOOD, CA (APRIL 21, 2010)--Mayor Pro Tempore Ralph L. Franklin and Councilman Daniel K. Tabor accepted a check this week in the amount of $12,200 which was presented to the City of Inglewood by Gloria D. Gray, director of the West Basin Municipal Water District (WBMWD), during a ceremony this week at the â€œHardy Slopeâ€ site of an innovative water conservation project.
In order to receive the grant award, water efficient street medians and parkways had to be designed to reduce water use by 75% and eliminate runoff by 100%. The Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department Parks Division staff identified the Hardy Slope on Crenshaw Boulevard between 99th and Hardy Streets for the retrofitting and renovation project. The project was completed in February, 2010, and included the demolition of the existing landscape which consisted of a think carpet of ivy, installation of a new irrigation system, soil preparation and treatment, and planting of 200 native and drought tolerant plants.
On May 29, 2009, the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department submitted a grant application to the West Basin Municipal Water District for the Zero-Runoff Street Median Water Conservation Program. This pilot program provided funding for the replacement of irrigated street medians or parkways along a street that wasted water and caused runoff. Notice of the grant award to the City was received in June 16, 2009, from the WBMWD which gave the City up to eight months to complete the project.
â€œThe partnership with WBMWD is a win-win. The grant award provides us an opportunity to not only reduce water use and runoff but also improve the aesthetics of the area and care for our environment,â€ said Sabrina Barnes, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director. â€œThis is very timely as we celebrate Earth Day.â€
This is one of several water conservation projects the Department is working with WBMWD to implement. In December, 2009, the City was selected to participate in the Ocean Friendly Landscape Program. This program was developed by WBMWD to provide free weather-based irrigation controllers that adjust to the weather for landscapes measuring over one acre located within its service area. These controllers are currently in operation at nine of the Cityâ€™s parks.