COEUR D’ALENE RAIN GARDEN & WATERSHED EDUCATION
Los Angeles, CA 2008-2010
Los Angeles Unified School District
Turning a flood event into watershed education and science learning opportunities. Duvivier created the Campus Greening Master Plan for Coeur d’Alene Elementary School (CDA) and completed Phases 1 and 2, which includes unpaving 20,000 SF of asphalt and planting 50 trees and shrubs to ease seasonal flooding. Duvivier worked with the principal, LAUSD staff, parents, neighbors and kids to design and build the projects. Duvivier created educational signage to teach about rainwater collection and storm water pollution within the watershed. Duvivier also got funding from dozens of organizations and individuals.
The project is being used by the Los Angeles Unified School District as a model of a successful partnership with a team of community members/parent organization. In fact CDA is the first school to have an MOU in place with the LAUSD. Other schools are now modeling CDA by creating native plant rain gardens as solutions to urban runoff. TreePeople, a local non-profit that plants trees across the LA basin, has started a school rain garden program as a result of our project. This was the first school garden Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission ever funded. They use it as a model, have published it in scientific journals and invited Duvivier to present it at the State of the Bay Conference in 2009.
“It was due to Duvivier’s involvement in the Coeur d’Alene Elementary School Rain Gardens that my organization provided seed funding to start the project. Duvivier overcame many challenges and brought everyone on board with her vision. That vision included unpaving a flood-prone asphalt schoolyard and creating a native habitat garden that infiltrates rainwater, preventing flooding and pollution and providing a much-needed outdoor classroom. We use it today in our outreach to state and national agencies and technical professionals looking to implement creative, low-cost water pollution mitigation with added community and educational benefits.”
— Shelley Luce, Executive Director of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission (SMBRC)