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1 California Adaptation Forum 2014 From Watershed to Coast: Adapting to Rising Seas & Prolonged Drought

2 A residence based urban acupuncture project, funded by the California Coastal Conservancy and LADWP

3 Getting to scale with urban acupuncture Catalyzing a new normal Identifying barriers Why?

4 Getting to scale with urban acupuncture Catalyzing a new normal Identifying barriers > Strategic interventions can hit critical mass > Large infrastructure changes take funding and time > Home-scaled changes can happen now Why?

5 Getting to scale with urban acupuncture Catalyzing a new normal Identifying barriers > Community-generated paradigm shift > Neighbors as partners & resources > Green jobs generated Why?

6 Getting to scale with urban acupuncture Catalyzing a new normal Identifying barriers > Institutional > Financial > Social > Technical > Streamline and standardize plans and permitting > Affordable and accessible change Why?

7 Over 60% of developed land in the City of Los Angeles is residential Average Per Person Residential Daily Water Use: Los Angeles: 89 gallons Australia/Spain/Israel (similar climates): gallons Empowering: Conserve and Reuse overview scope projects next capture conserve reuse

8 Pilot programs > Supported > Not yet resulting in change to existing codes or ordinances Conflicting department requirements > Rain barrels > Rain gardens > Parkways? Permit process > Confusing > Expensive > Time consuming Overcoming Barriers

9 Kill the Lawn Install a Rain Tank Plant an Edible Garden Convert to Na;ve Plants Do Rain Grading Fix the Irriga;on Break Up Hardscapes Use Greywater Create a Parkway Swale Dig an Infiltra;on Trench Big Difference Through Small Changes

10 Homeowners make a commitment: > Fill out enrollment application forms > Attend 5 Core workshops, plus 2 electives > Agree to help at least one neighbor complete a project > Agree to maintain the project Neighborhood Pilot

11 Open to all Los Angeles residents > Free + Hands-on > Teach how each project works + can be designed > Establish a neighborhood communication chain > Workshops + outreach inform development of Plans + Guides Workshops

12 Rain Tanks + Cisterns overview scope projects next capture conserve reuse

13 Rain Grading + Rain Gardens

14 Parkway Retrofits overview scope projects next capture conserve reuse

15 Greywater Systems

16 Permeable Surfaces

17 Infiltration Trenches

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19 Project Benefits: Conserved & Reused: 1.4M gallons Captured & Infiltrated: 610,000 gallons Collective Savings: $8, Green Jobs Created 15 Partners Engaged Expanded Native Habitat Increasing Awareness Community Stewardship

20 INFORMATION BULLETIN / PUBLIC - PLUMBING CODE REFERENCE NO.: LAMC Effective: DOCUMENT NO.: P/PC Revised: Previously Issued As: P/PC Residents can now get a low-cost, over-thecounter permit for tub/shower systems 10% of the cost 1/4 of the time A. GRAYWATER SYSTEMS GRAYWATER SYSTEMS FOR RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS Under State regulations, graywater is defined as untreated wastewater that has not been contaminated by toilet waste or unhealthy bodily wastes. Graywater includes wastewater from bathtubs, showers, bathroom washbasins, clothes washing machines, and laundry tubs, but does not include wastewater from kitchen sinks or dishwashers. A graywater system uses graywater for subsurface irrigation and may include tanks, valves, filters, pumps or other appurtenances along with piping and receiving landscape. Graywater shall not be used in spray irrigation and shall not be allowed to pond, runoff or be discharged directly into or reach any storm water system or any surface body of water. Additionally, graywater shall not be used to irrigate root crops or edible parts of food crops that touch the soil. B. PERMIT REQUIREMENT A plumbing permit is required to be obtained from the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety (LADBS) prior to the erection, construction, reconstruction, installation, relocation or alteration of any graywater system. In order to approve plans and issue a permit for a graywater system, LADBS Mechanical Plan Check requires the following: 1. A set of plans and specifications showing the graywater system. The graywater system shall be designed in accordance with the requirements in Chapter 16A, Part I of the 2011 Los Angeles Plumbing Code. Exception: For simple residential system meeting all the following conditions, a completed graywater standard plan issued by LADBS (attached) is acceptable: a. Graywater discharge is 250 gallons or less per day; b. The system does not include pumps to distribute graywater; c. The system is not connected to any source of potable water or other irrigation systems; and d. Graywater is immediately discharged into the irrigation field without being stored 2. Approval from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) Cross information to the public. Carrying Change Forward As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services and activities. For efficient handling of information internally and in the internet, conversion to this new format of code related and administrative information bulletins including MGD and RGA that were previously issued will allow flexibility and timely distribution of Page 1 of 3

21 will become a new chapter of the City s LID Guidance Document, providing easy to follow guidance for 6 strategies approved by the City for general, voluntary use. Our Technical Advisory Committee includes: > Water and Power > Street Services > Sanitation > City Planning > Building + Safety Along with critical input from our NGO and private partners Carrying Change Forward

22 Site Assessment Process + Guides

23 KEY PR3. Primary basin for stormwater capture. Depth of basin shall be Optional basin shelf for tree or PR3 for details. [Draft] Plans PR3 3 PR PR3 NOTES prior to work to locate utilities. 2. Side slopes shall be armored with than shown here. Maintain all appropriate slopes, setbacks and clearance distances. capture conserve reuse CITY APPROVED DETAIL NO. XXXXX er LA

24 [Draft] Plans

25 A single online point for access > Plans > Guides > How-To Videos > Up-to-date information on incentive program Ultimately, a point for residents to create their site plan, access resources, process any necessary permits, & map their projects. Online Portal

26 Green Jobs + Training

27 is being organized as a shared platform for non-profits + government agencies to collectively and collaboratively provide education, support, and resources for getting to scale with residential urban acupuncture. Creating Cooperative Partnerships

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