A Solyndra Success

December 2nd, 2011  |  Published in Garden Tours

Flanked by dated, silicon boom-era factories and office buildings on the I-880 in Fremont, CA, sits a gleaming, modern factory and stunning landscape that screams to be acknowledged even when clipping by at 75 mph. Although the serpentine gabion walls, the sinuous concrete fountain wall, or the animated masses of ornamental grasses could draw attention on their own right, the emblazoned company name forces the viewer to take pause: “SOLYNDRA“.

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Simple Rain Storage Techniques

February 25th, 2011  |  Published in Landscape Sustainability, Water Conservation

California rejoices with rain.  Much of our agriculture, development, and industry rely heavily on the snowpack, reservoir levels, and winter precipitation totals.  A “good” year for California is a wet one.

So it is rather ironic when the rain does come to our cities and towns, we treat the water like an unwanted guest and remove it from our sight as quickly as possible.  We direct it to drains and gutters and don’t know or wonder where it goes from there.

But as the water is directed elsewhere, it brings all of the surface pollutants and trash with it on a journey through the watershed, contaminating aquatic habitats and ruining natural spaces along the way.

los angeles river Simple Rain Storage Techniques

The mighy LA "river".

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