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Transforming our Runoff Problem
into a Sustainable Source of Clean, Usable Water

Clean Water-Clean Air
Capturing Stormwater with “Smart” Parks to
Create Water Sustainability & Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Community Conservation Solutions has developed an innovative, metrics-driven approach to solving California’s water quality and water supply problems by transforming stormwater and dry weather runoff into a sustainable source of clean, usable water through the creation of engineered “smart” parks, habitat and open space.

WHERE to do Stormwater Capture Projects?
and IN WHAT ORDER to Maximize Public Benefits?

The Green Solution Project-Upper L.A. River Watershed, Phase IV study will help California advance local water sustainability and meet climate action goals by showing how capturing and re-using stormwater and dry weather runoff with “smart” parks and green space can create new water supplies, save energy and reduce greenhouse gases. This study will build on CCS’ prior Green Solution studies and will:

  • Prioritize 500 public parcels for stormwater capture projects
  • Quantify reuse and supply capacity, energy savings and greenhouse gas reduction potential
  • Integrate water quality, water supply, air quality, community and conservation needs
  • Create metrics-driven “road map” for implementing projects

Project Funders

Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy    State Coastal Conservancy


CCS in LA Daily News
CCS on a New
Source of Water for CA

Gov. Brown Signs SB 985
Legislation CCS
Sponsored in 2014

Green Solution Upper LA River Phase III Report
CCS' Reports & Maps

Project Team:
Integrating Engineering, Climate Change Science, Technology & Planning

Project Management & Analysis
Community Conservation Solutions

Hydrology Engineering
CH2M Hill Engineers, Inc.
Environmental Science Associates
VS2 Consulting Inc.

Geospatial Analysis
GreenInfo Network
Environmental Science Associates

Climate Change Analysis



Supporting Statewide Climate Change Goals
CCS is coordinating with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) who is responsible for implementing California's initiatives to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. CCS’ Green Solution Project- Upper L.A. River Watershed, Phase IV will quantify energy savings and greenhouse gas reduction potential for identified runoff capture and reuse projects.


CCS’ Groundbreaking Findings– Green Solution Studies, 2008-2013

CCS integrates the strategic use of lands in public ownership and the natural functions of plants
and soils to create a practical method for capturing stormwater and dry weather runoff on a
watershed scale.

The Problem
Billions of gallons of stormwater and polluted runoff flow to our rivers, lakes, bays and ocean, while California’s water supplies are increasingly threatened.


CCS’ Solution - A Prioritized "Road Map":

  • Shows where – and in what order – to implement stormwater capture projects
  • Create “smart” parks, habitat and open space that naturally capture and clean runoff
  • Maximize water quality, water supply, conservation and community benefits

About CCS’ Green Solution Project

Solving Critical Water Quality Problems
Using Cutting-Edge Technology
Creating a Smart & Strategic Road Map

By using cutting-edge digital technology to integrate mapping, engineering, conservation and community needs,CCS’ Green Solution Project provides a strategic road map to designing "smart" green spaces, and overturns conventional assumptions about the limited role that green approaches can play in naturally cleaning up polluted runoff in already urbanized areas.

CCS’ Green Solution Project focuses on:
  • Smart, strategic conversion of existing public lands to green spaces
  • Using soils and plants to naturally capture and filter pollutants from runoff
  • Creating new parks, wildlife habitat, recreation and open space land in park-poor communities
  • Re-charging groundwater supplies
  • Improving water supplies by storing cleaned runoff for re-use

CCS is applying its Green Solution Project model in Southern California watersheds and in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The CCS Green Solution Team
The Community Conservation Solutions team includes state-of-the-art hydrology engineering and GIS digital mapping technology, provided by Psomas and GreenInfo Network. This expert team’s unique methodology quantifies the amount of land necessary for conversion or retrofit to Green Solution projects to meet water quality improvement goals, determines the opportunity public lands suitable for Green Solution projects, and integrates hydrology, water quality improvement, conservation and community needs to determine strategic Green Solution Project locations.

Community Conservation SolutionsPsomasGreenInfo Network


VS2 Consulting Inc.Environmental Science Associates


CCS thanks the following for their support of the
Green Solution Project:




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San Francisco Estuary Institute

Green Solution Projects improve water quality by using soil and plants to capture, filter and clean polluted runoff, while creating new “smart” parks, natural habitat, recreation and green open space


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