Rain or Shine Spotlight | The Time for GI

March 6, 2020



In the greater Los Angeles area, climate change will continue to increase the frequency and severity of both drought and severe storms and increase average regional temperatures. Traditional urban infrastructure further exacerbates these climate change impacts, putting the public at more risk of obstructive flooding, heat stroke and poorer air quality. These effects are now guaranteed as scientists project that we have locked in decades to centuries of climate change consequences; this is why making our region climate-resilient has never been more important. Using green infrastructure (GI), we can restore our environment’s ability to infiltrate runoff, cool ambient temperatures in urban areas, and enhance public health through added urban greening while also creating habitat for wildlife. 


Now is the time for Green Infrastructure!


Proponents and funding  for GI projects at the state and local levels have ushered  us into a time of great opportunity. Through the programs listed below, Council for Watershed Health and regional GI practitioners can truly prioritize GI projects that provide multiple benefits including  stormwater and flood mitigation, climate resilience, restoration, conservation, enhanced public health, environmental education, and community cohesion. 


We encourage you to read about the programs below that are ushering us into the time for GI. This list of programs have or will soon fund a host of green infrastructure projects in our region, some of which CWH has collaborated upon (Learn about our Living Laboratory and Sustainable Landscape projects).


With our Rain or Shine: Soaking Up Success Symposium, we will convene experts from a variety of sectors, including representatives from the funding entities below, to share lessons learned and discuss how to improve future green infrastructure projects. We hope the Symposium will invigorate collaboration and inspire a vision for the future GI projects in California.


Safe Clean Water Program (Measure W)

Measure W, also known as the Safe and Clean Water Program, is a program to fund projects that address environmental issues through green infrastructure, technical resources, and scientific research.

  • Infrastructure: funds multi benefit infrastructure projects that have completed a feasibility study, prioritize nature-based solutions and provide DAC Benefits

  • Technical Resources: funds the development of multi-benefit project concept into a feasibility study

  • Scientific Studies: funds scientific study related to increasing stormwater or urban runoff capture and reducing stormwater or urban runoff pollution


State WQ, Supply, Infrastructure Improvement (Prop 1)

Prop 1 funds ecosystem, watershed protection and restoration, and water supply infrastructure projects including surface, groundwater storage, and drinking water protection.