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Water Quality Improvement
The San Pablo Avenue Green Stormwater Spine is a pilot project and model for Bay Area municipalities implementing “green” infrastructure projects as part of their stormwater management efforts. The Spine Project will design, build, and monitor an array of low impact development (LID) projects distributed along 12.5 miles of San Pablo Avenue, a major thoroughfare passing through a number of East Bay cities.
Check out the Contra Costa Times article on the project!
Beyond the installation of these innovative site-specific projects, the goals of this project are to:
|Designs Complete||May 2016|
|Construction||June - December 2016|
|Project Completion||Winter 2017|
San Francisco Estuary Partnership
1515 Clay St., Suite 1400
Oakland, CA 94612
Also known as Green Infrastructure, LID is a stormwater management approach designed to mimic natural (pre-development) hydrology. LID emphasizes use of pervious surfaces, plants, and soils to filter contaminants from runoff. Urban runoff is a major source of water pollution in the Bay Area. It often carries heavy metals, pesticides, fertilizers, pet waste, automotive fluids, and other toxic chemicals to local creeks and the Bay. LID measures can also reduce the velocity and volume of stormwater run-off, while adding aesthetic benefits to the community.
Project construction will be funded by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). In addition to construction funding from Caltrans, the project is supported by grants from the US EPA’s San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund, and the State’s Integrated Regional Water Management Program.