Slow the Flow Video
September 12, 2010 § 7 Comments
“None of it’s [river-friendly landscaping] going to happen just because the city council made a decision that you’re going to do this. It’s going to be really something that people are going to learn to accept because they see that it works.”
-Dave Tamayo, Sacramento County Stormwater Program in Slow the Flow
Slow the Flow: Make Your Landscape Act More Like a Sponge is a very informative well-produced 26-minute video about practices and projects that communities can do to steward our watersheds. Stop reading and hit play!
It’s all about the sort of green multi-benefit watershed landscape practices that L.A. Creek Freak loves to cover: low impact development, rain gardens, swales, native landscaping, permeable paving, cisterns, and more. The video showcases quite a few excellent projects that are easily applicable to Southern California homes, schools, parking lots, etc. The approaches highlighted are very low-tech, green, gravity-fed, habitat-enhancing… and wonderful. And, they give you good reasons to kick back and not rake the leaves or water the lawn.
SPOILER ALERT: While the projects, problems, and visuals shown are great, the video very briefly gets just a bit jargony. “Receiving water bodies” and “beneficial uses” are terms that insider Creek Freakologists are very familiar with but not always that accessible to the public… the 99% of the vid that’s jargon-free are the best parts! Also, with various great projects (Bimini Slough, Elmer Avenue, and more) implemented in Southern California, it’s too bad that the only place where L.A. is featured in the video is in describing the problems of concrete channels. It’s definitely valid to critique L.A.’s development and concrete channels, but the viewer, unless s/he reads creek freak assiduously, may be left with the mistaken impression that So Cal only has the problems and not the solutions. Our local scientists, planners and NGO community have been behind the ball on this issue for quite a while!
Videos like this can help push the solutions into the mainstream. We also noticed SoCal Surfrider Paul Herzog in the video credits, and offer our props for his Ocean Friendly Gardens collaborations locally with the Waterboards, G3 and others to do just this – bring the how-to to the public. If you’ve not taken the leap yet, you can get more ideas at their workshops, at watershed and native plant garden tours, or simply touring the sites we mentioned above, to move towards your own flow slowin’ landscape.