Category

Completed Projects

IRWM Family – Erma Williams

By | Community Support, Completed Projects

         

 

 Gardening: A Family Affair

As Erma William’s children were growing up, she realized that she had to provide something for them to do, “to keep them out of trouble, and away from the gangs”. What she found, and passed down to them, was her own love of gardening. Eventually her children and grandchildren grew to love garden and landscape work, as well. Her adult son does landscape work at the Stadium, and still helps his Mom on a regular basis in her garden at home. Her daughter, a law student at Berkeley, works in the garden of her housing community, while working on her law degree.

A recently married grandson does landscape work to help pay his way through Seminary. Another grandson, (Jr. High school student) proudly shows the sun flower seeds that he planted in the garden, that are now almost as tall as he is. A granddaughter planted squash. The plants are starting to come up as well.

Erma tells everyone who stops by how much she loves her garden! The installation of water conservation systems, (greywater and rain barrel) allow her to use rain water, and reuse water from the laundry, to easily grow her beautiful roses, and delicious collard greens, tomatoes and herbs.

Erma Received:

Greywater System, Rain Barrel, Yard Landscape, Low-flush Toilet, Low -flow Showerhead

Increase Clean Energy:  Solar, Upgraded Windows

Grid Alternatives: Solar

 

Lenox Drive Project

By | Completed Projects, Public Service

 

In November 2017, construction began at Groundwork’s Lenox Drive VHRP project.  It took a lot of elbow grease and patience to complete all the requirements, including permits, documentation and training. So it was exciting to get to work on the project!

Within a couple of days, the creek went from looking like this:

 

To a smoothly graded channel free of the degraded concrete drop structures that had been causing water to pool and create habitat for mosquitos.  This is what the site looked like on November 11, 2017 when grading was almost completed:

Next, the crew planted native vegetation according to the approved Habitat Restoration and Maintenance Plan.  On November 28, 2017 planting was completed, and mulch was applied to prevent erosion as the plants grew in:

On January 9, 2018 the restored creek channel had its first test – a heavy rain resulted in significant water flow in the channel, and the results were excellent! Rapid flows were slowed by the rocks preventing scour and erosion that often occur in deteriorated urban creek systems.

A few days later when flow had gone down a bit, we could see a naturally meandering channel of water gurgling down the creek. Exactly what we were looking for in a healthy stream.

For several months, the team continued to water the growing plants on the channel banks, and by the end of March 2018, plants looked healthy, and were growing well.