The basins, or bumpouts, along 9th and 10th Streets are great examples of green infrastructure. They were installed to harvest rainwater for the plants, which lessens street flooding, and improves the quality of water going into High School Wash. The additional native landscaping also creates more shade for pedestrians, reduces ambient temperatures in the area, provides habitat and food for wildlife such as birds, bees and butterflies, and creates safer streets by slowing and calming traffic. (Learn more at ...)
In order for these bumpouts to function effectively and continue to add beauty to the neighborhood, some basic maintenance is needed. In response to the summer monsoons, thickets of weeds and grass grew up in many of the basins and trash washed in with the storm water. Additionally, numerous volunteer trees have sprouted and, if left to grow, these would hinder the growth of the existing vegetation. To address these issues, Rincon Heights has contracted with a local company to do a one-time landscaping of all the bumpouts. This will reduce the effort needed for future periodic maintenance.
How You Can Help
The easiest way to stay on top of these maintenance needs is for neighbors to partner together and adopt one or more bumpouts. For most of the year it can be as simple as 1 morning a month taking an hour to collect trash and pull a few weeds. Don't worry, adopting a bumpout doesn't mean you're all alone in having to take care of it. The Neighborhood Association is currently developing a maintenance plan and will have native plan ID and tree pruning workshop and will organize neighborhood-wide work days to help.