Redondo Union High School (RUHS) celebrated the dedication of their
newly created Ocean-Friendly Garden (OFG) on Thursday, January 31st.
RUHS students and faculty participated in a hands-on workshop on
sustainable gardening techniques to build and create the garden. The AP
Environmental Science and special education classes helped remove
water-wasting turf from the school ground and installed sheet mulch,
drip irrigation, bioswales, and drought tolerant plants in coordination
with West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) and the Surfrider
Redondo Union High School students present their newly constructed Ocean-Friendly Garden on Diamond St. in Redondo Beach (Photo: Business Wire)
The coordinated efforts of the OFG partnership helped to create a garden
that restores the natural California landscape and uses water more
efficiently than turf landscaping. "We're here today to celebrate the
completion of this demonstrtion garden that will reduce water use by 80
percent. This garden is a great example of the importance that these
RUHS students are placing on water reliability for their school and for
this surrounding community," said West Basin Board President Carol K.
Kwan. Other speakers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony included Redondo
Beach Council Member Bill Brand, Paul Herzog from the Surfrider
Foundation, Cal Water Service's Susan Cordone, and AP Environmental
Science Teacher Mary Simun.
West Basin will complete 11 more gardens in its service area in upcoming
months including locations in Malibu and Manhattan Beach this spring.
The OFG program is provided under West Basin's Water Reliability 2020
Program which aims to reduce dependence on imported water in half by the
year 2020 by doubling water recycling, doubling conservation and adding
a small amount of desalinated ocean water to West Basin's water supply
portfolio. The ocean-friendly garden program will help West Basin work
toward its conservation goals and increase water use efficiency by
reducing the amount of water used outdoors (the top water wasting
practice in residential communities).
The garden is located on One Sea Hawk Way (on Diamond Street) for
students and visitors to enjoy. RUHS students will monitor the flora and
fauna as part of an ongoing science curriculum. This garden was fully
funded by the Department of Water Resources, California Water Service
Company and Metropolitan Water District.
West Basin Municipal Water District is a wholesale water district that
serves nearly a million people in 17 cities and unincorporated areas
throughout its 185-square mile service area. West Basin is reducing its
dependence on imported water through the Water Reliability 2020 program
that will double conservation, double recycled water production and add
desalted ocean-water to our portfolio by the year 2020. Partnering with
community organizations, businesses and other public agencies keeps West
Basin lean and strengthens its programs. www.westbasin.org
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