May 2018 


NATURE IN THE CITY: Restored Native Habitat Along the L.A. River Sets New Model  for Southern California’s Urban Rivers
FREMONTIA, Vol. 46, No. 1, CA Native Plant Society

This Urban Wildlands edition shines a spotlight on how nature-based restoration efforts are bringing nature and life back to urban areas throughout California. CCS is proud to be part of this growing trend. See how our L.A. River Greenway Trail in the San Fernando Valley sets a new model for restoring native habitat along Southern California’s urban rivers, with an ecosystem-focused design that re-creates the native plant communities that existed in this part of Los Angeles County over a hundred years ago.

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May 2018 

Nature-Based Stormwater Recycling Projects growing in U.S. Cities and around the World

By: Alexandra Feldman

Click here to see how cities from Singapore to Sweden and from Houston, Texas to Cambridge, Massachusetts are integrating nature, green infrastructure and engineering to capture and reuse urban runoff and stormwater, increasing local water sustainability and serving both humans and wildlife in urbanized areas.

CCS’ Green Solutions Project shows how we can re-purpose public lands in the L.A. River Watershed to capture and re-use urban runoff and stormwater to recharge groundwater supplies, irrigate new green open space and provide restore natural habitat in our most disadvantaged neighborhoods.


March 2018 

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CA air regulators new Anti-Pollution Design Features give boost to CCS’ Nature in the City Plans
The Los Angeles Times

New recommendations from the California Air Resources Board include anti-pollution design features to help improve air quality in cities – especially where people live close to freeways and busy streets. These design features include native vegetation barriers, tall trees, earth berms and sound walls to reduce air pollution exposure to people living close to freeways.

CCS is including innovative ‘Green Buffer’ anti-pollution design features in the plans for the Natural Park at Ramona Gardens, which is next to 15 lanes of freeway and is one of the most polluted communities in California.

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February 2018 

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The Southern California Gas Company selects Community Conservation Solutions
as a 2017 Environmental Champion!


CCS is honored to be a SoCalGas 2017 Environmental Champion for our innovative work to improve air quality and clean stormwater at the Natural Park at Ramona Gardens Housing Development.

This ‘Nature in the City’ open space park at Ramona Gardens will feature anti-pollution design elements to improve air quality, including natural habitat that will create a beautiful, natural place for children and families. Ramona Gardens is located in Northern Boyle Heights, Los Angeles.

“Creating a natural park at Ramona Gardens – one of the most polluted communities in California – will improve air quality, clean stormwater, reduce noise from the nearby freeway and give children and families a beautiful place to play and walk,” said Esther Feldman, President of CCS.


October 2017

Health & Environmental Benefits of Natural Green Spaces in Cities
Source: Scientific Journals and Government Agencies, 2005 – 2017

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By: Lillian Ikuta

Throughout the United States, scientists are documenting how parks and natural space in cities can make us healthier, less stressed and help improve our children’s cognitive development.

See this summary of findings from over 60 scientific journals and government agency reports and article on how “Nature in the City” urban green spaces can help address serious public health problems like obesity, Type 2 diabetes and asthma, as well as improve our quality of life.

September 6th, 2017

Esther Feldman Speaks at UCLA on New Ideas for Water Security in CA

CCS President Esther Feldman joined UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability  as part of a distinguished panel exploring ‘From Farms to Cities: Percolating New Ideas for Water Security’. Click here to see the video. Panelists included Nancy Sutley from L.A. Department of Water and Power. The event was sponsored by Sustainable Conservation.

“To really take advantage of the massive amount of stormwater that flows in L.A. County, we have to prioritize stormwater capture projects on public lands where the existing storm drain system already delivers water” -said Esther Feldman, President of Community Conservation Solutions.

July 15th, 2017


Esther Feldman speaks at Autry Museum’s “Not Just a River” 

Esther Feldman was joined by Nancy Steele, Director of Conservation, Arroyos and Foothills Conservancy and Daniel Sharp Senior Civil Engineer, LA County Public Works. This conversation was moderated by  Char Miller, Director of Environmental Analysis at Pomona College.

A watershed is more than a river. In fact, the Los Angeles River Watershed covers more than 800 square miles and 43 cities. Over time, people have interacted with this watershed in many different ways, with resulting changes in one section influencing areas far downstream. This discussion focused on the effects of urban development on the larger ecosystem and options for the future, while considering the current national dialogue about who controls our water.


June 2017

LA River Drainage Goes Native – Estuary News, Vol. 26, No. 2

“This summer, Feldman’s organization is piloting a new analytical tool that not only taps an untapped local water supply –the 969 miles of metropolitan storm drains in Los Angeles — but also has the metrics to earn carbon credits for doing so.’It’s very practical, you just stick your straw in the local water source rather than pumping it into the city from hundreds of miles away,’ says Feldman. The local water can then be used to irrigate and vegetate the urban ecosystem, and to recharge groundwater.”

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June 2017

Grand Opening of the Zev Yaroslavsky L.A. River Greenway Trail

Los Angeles Daily News

Opened in June of 2017, this half-mile unpaved walking trail along the L.A. River connects existing segments of river trail to create the longest L.A. river walking trail loop in the San Fernando Valley to date. The trail sets a new precedent for native habitat restoration along the L.A. River by planting over 3,000 native trees, shrubs and flowering plants using an ecosystem design.

Helen Giroux stopped — and stared stunned on Saturday — at a hand-crafted iron gate whose twisted forms looked like waters swirling in the nearby Los Angeles River. “What a beautiful gate,” exclaimed Giroux, a Studio City resident of 33 years. “The grandeur of open space is epitomized in that gate.”

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