California Conservation Corp Los Padres Center
San Luis Obispo, Ca


The California Conservation Corp and National Guard site in San Luis Obispo has had three distinct phases of its Water Conservation Project installed:

Native Plant Restoration Project

Sierra Watershed Progressive provided instruction and a 2-year curriculum for Special Corp Members on Native Greenhouse Management, while developing Native Greenhouse and Nursery and sample protocols. In collaboration with the CCC, National Guard and NOAA, Sierra Watershed Progressive designed and facilitated the installation a 44,000 rainwater catchment aimed at supplying irrigation for the Native Greenhouse plants in Fall of 2011.

Stormwater Mitigation and Water Conservation LID Pilot 1533

In collaboration with CCC, National Guard, NOAA, Prop 84 funding, and the Morro Bay National  Estuary Program (MBNEP), a one acre pilot projecton Crew Dormitory 1533 focused on 95% stormwater mitigation plan to reduce flooding, erosion and other storm event effects through BMPs and contextual LID techniques.  Multi-functioning LID measures were installed to decrease heat island sinks, increase native habitat, increase carbon sequestering, increase waterquality to adjacent surface and groundwater, decrease storm event hydrograph, improve soil permeability, increase interstitial flows, decrease reliance on drinking waters while providing an educational demonstration site and to increase base flows to adjacent Chorro Creek.  Even through record drought precipitation levels, preliminary monitoring data has shown better than targeted results across the project, namely in the sequestration of salts within the phytoremediation inclusion basins.  Data will be compiled annually and reported biannually through Sierra Watershed Progressive in accordance to the MBNEP CCC Stormwater 1533 Monitoring Plan.

Stormwater Mitigation and Water Conservation Typology 

In collaboration with CCC, National Guard, and the MBNEP, a twenty-one acre planning scope to mitigate storm event effects and utilized appropriate BMP and LID techniques was performed by Sierra WatershedProgressive in 2012-2013.  Goals of the planning effort included those performed in 1533 Pilot Project, as well as focusing on feasible improvements for recycled water and reuse as well as groundwater recharge. Outcomes included added beneficial uses such as wetland bioremediation and habitat creation as well as improved management of utilities for staff and crew members.