In June 2015, the Creeks Division began construction of the Plaza de Vera Cruz Storm Water Infiltration Project.
The asphalt park service road was removed and replaced with permeable pavers, designed to help improve local creek and ocean water quality.
The project is designed to capture and treat polluted storm water and incidental runoff, and allow it to soak slowly into the ground.
This prevents pollutants like oil and auto fluids from leaking cars, metals, and nutrients from flowing into storm drains, which lead directly to our creeks and ocean untreated.
Water flows between the pavers and into carefully selected and compacted rock below, and then into the ground, where it will be naturally treated by microbes in the soil. This infiltration prevents runoff and helps recharge groundwater.
Funding for this project has been provided in part through a grant agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board.