The community surveys and input support a GAR (Green Area Ratio) for the boundary area of the Morena Specific Plan.
“While trees have long been recognized for their ability to help clean the air, reduce energy needs, raise property values, and mitigate heat island effects, their innate ability to absorb and divert rainfall has been underutilized.” Stormwater to Street Trees– EPA
Trees play a critical role in controlling stormwater runoff by acting as mini-reservoirs absorbing, diverting, and purifying rainfall on the spot. They significantly reduce stormwater management costs while providing valuable environmental services in air quality improvement and carbon dioxide reduction. Soil, roots, and soil biota also remove trace amounts of harmful chemicals including metals, fuels, and solvents. Here are retention methods available, and in use today, that utilize trees to manage runoff, reduce pollution, and beautify the neighborhood.
Suspended pavement and structural cells
- Supports the weight and forces of the pavement above
- Allows soil below to remain uncompacted to promote healthy tree growth
- Accommodates large volumes of soil for larger trees
- Provides porous space and soil for root growth and rainwater storage.
- Load-bearing and leveling layer compactable for pavement base
- 20-25% void space for root support not found in conventional construction soils
- Increased growing space with ability to be interconnected, benefits increase with the number of trees
- Uses inlets and pervious surfaces to reduce the amount of water entering water management systems.
- Useful in streetscape retrofits when existing soils are very compact or poor and underground space is limited
- Network of voids and spaces that allow water to pass through causing rapid infiltration to reduce puddling and waste runoff while delievering oxygenated water to landscaping.
- When used in conjunction with other systems, Stormwater retention and tree growth is maximized
YGRENE is a financing company that can be used for updating/remodeling of your residence. The are not contractors or builders, rather they provide financing for owners who can take use the tax deduct-ability by annualized payments included in your property tax bill (similar to a Mello-Roos tax). The homeowner doesn’t need to qualify for the loan, rather, qualification for the financing is arrived at through the equity position of your home (i.e.: they will lend up to 90% of your home’s value with qualified remodeling projects). Please contact Eddie Ybarra, the representative for our area, as to the details of the program. Eddie’s cell number is: (619) 717-1092. We are encouraging everyone to go green (low flow water distribution systems, native plants, etc.), for landscaping projects.