Designing a Green Infrastructure Project - CivicWell

Implementing a Green Infrastructure Project

Cosumnes Community Services District and the Elk Grove Nature Park

Green infrastructure uses natural processes to filter and slow the flow of stormwater, protecting water quality and communities from flooding and restoring waterways. It helps reduce pollutants carried in runoff, mitigate the impact of climate events, increases public access to green space, and supports public health.

While traditional green infrastructure projects can be expensive and time-intensive, small-scale or quick-build projects can convert both paved and existing underutilized green space into highly functional drought and flood-tolerant landscapes within a few months.

With funding from the National Recreation and Park Association’s Great Urban Parks Campaign, CivicWell supported the Cosumnes Community Services District and Urban Rain Design with community engagement and design review in their process of creating an accessible and inclusive park for community members of all abilities. The Elk Grove Nature Park will use green infrastructure to manage stormwater runoff, provide wildlife habitat, and promote environmental awareness.

At this virtual roundtable, Cosumnes Community Services District Chief of Planning, Design, and Construction Paul Mewton and Urban Rain Design Principal Kevin Perry will dive into the planning, design, and construction of the park. We will also be joined by elected officials Jaclyn Moreno of the Cosumnes Community Services District Board and City of Elk Grove Vice Mayor Darren Suen to share about the value of this green infrastructure project for the local community.

For questions about this event, email Haley Ausserer-Zelaya.

 

This event is part of CivicWell’s new webinar series highlighting collaborative projects. Each webinar brings together a representative from a local government or community agency and a CivicWell staff member to walk through the project, demystifying the planning process, implementation, challenges faced, and inspire the type of projects that can be possible within your own community.

Although these events will be exclusively for our members in the future, our first events are open to all! We hope you will attend and be inspired to join our member network

October 18, 2022

1:00 – 2:00 pm

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Meet the Speakers

Paul Mewton

Chief of Planning, Design, and Construction

Cosumnes Community Services District

Jaclyn Moreno

President, Board of Directors

Cosumnes Community Services District

Kevin Perry

Principal

Urban Rain Design

Darren Suen

Darren Suen

Vice Mayor

City of Elk Grove

Diana Voss-Gonzalez

Water Project Associate

CivicWell

Paul Mewton

Paul Mewton began his employment with the Cosumnes Community Services District in 2005. Before that he worked for the City of Fremont as Associate Landscape Architect. Paul holds a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture, City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture. Paul has outstanding knowledge in the fields of construction management, sustainable design, and project planning. Under his direction his team designs award winning parks in the City of Elk Grove, providing the community world class parks and playgrounds.  Paul oversees District Facility Maintenance and Planning, Design and Construction.

Jaclyn Moreno

On the Cosumnes Community Services District Board, Jaclyn Moreno has been a forceful advocate for workforce development and local jobs. She led the fight for the creation of the District’s first Climate Action Plan which leads the way in the region by focusing on sustainability and by encouraging smart planning to manage growth. Jaclyn also spearheaded efforts for more transparency and accountability within local government by advocating for election reform and increased public participation within the decision making process. Jaclyn owns and operates her own business, CARE Educational Services, providing assessments and mental health services to students, families and school districts.

Kevin Perry

Kevin Robert Perry, Principal at Urban Rain Design, is a nationally recognized leader in successfully integrating stormwater management with high-quality urban design. He has lead the conceptual design and/or provided design support on over 90 green infrastructure projects within the United States. Kevin’s innovative stormwater projects meld the concepts of art, education, and ecological function. Kevin has extensive experience in the entire process for sustainable stormwater design and implementation, including pilot project identification, opportunities and constraints analysis, conceptual design and master planning, education and outreach for the client and general public, and assisting local design teams with technical design, construction administration, and operations and maintenance plan development.

Darren Suen

Darren Suen has served on the Elk Grove City Council since 2014. Darren represents the city on the Regional Transportation Planning Agency (Sacramento Area Council of Governments). Regionally, he is also the past Chair of the Sacramento Public Library Authority and past Chair of the Sacramento Transportation Authority. For the city, Darren serves on the Economic Development, Affordable Housing, and Legislative committees. With his civil engineering background, he worked professionally in transportation, water resources, and land use planning.

Diana Voss-Gonzalez

Diana Voss-Gonzalez serves as a Project Associate for CivicWell’s Water and Community Design programs. Before joining CivicWell, Diana worked with nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles, mainly focusing on building stronger and more resilient local communities through the creation of community gardens in L.A. County. Diana graduated from Universidad Marista de Yucatán, Mexico in 2016 with a B.S. on Management of Natural Resources, and later received an M.S. in Agricultural Production with a concentration in Sustainable Business from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.