The Issue: Awareness About Landscape Water Use
The Landscape Task Force of the California Urban Water Conservation Council recommended in a 2005 report both increasing public awareness of the importance of landscape water use and calling the public to action through efforts such as demonstration gardens.
Coastkeeper Garden works with that goal, and more specifically, aims to address the ways in which urban landscapes contribute to coastal pollution, including overwatering, poor runoff management, and over-use of pesticides and fertilizers, as well as provide solutions that the public can implement. The garden features a sustainable 2.5-acre space that hosts plants from six different Southern California habitats. It also includes a kids’ area that engages youth directly with nature, helping them learn about environmental stewardship at a young age. Sand, stones, wood, and water fill the garden, providing natural obstacles and building materials for creative play. The organization would like to expand the children’s section of its garden.
The Campaign: Building Adobe Structure for Play Garden
If this Grassroots campaign raises $500, then Orange County Coastkeeper can build an adobe play structure in the children’s natural play garden section of Coastkeeper Garden. Each additional $10 raised will go toward funding materials and tools to construct a bridge, a climbing feature, and an embankment slide.
Orange County Coastkeeper
Orange County native Garry Brown wanted his sons to be able to catch barracuda from the piers and dig for clams along the beach, the way he had as a child. With that in mind, he founded Orange County Coastkeeper in 1999, following the example of the nationwide movement to conserve and protect local rivers, lakes, and shorelines. Orange County Coastkeeper aims to restore the region's bodies of water to health so that they can better serve residents as recreational areas and protect aquatic life. It organizes cleanups, advocates for conservation through public policy, and works to reduce pollution with the help of citizen volunteers. Recently, Orange County Coastkeeper has restored the kelp and eelgrass beds off the coast and in Newport Bay, and is improving its public gardens to raise awareness about environmental issues.
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