Santa Monica city officials will mark the opening of the city’s first “green” street Tuesday, July 14th on Bicknell Avenue, a street that has numerous features to harvest stormwater runoff and its pollution, and infiltrate it into the ground, keeping runoff pollution out of Santa Monica Bay.

The ceremony is scheduled at 10 a.m. in the 100 block of Bicknell Avenue.

The green street project was funded by the state Water Resources Control Board, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission, and the city’s Measure V Clean Beaches and Ocean Fund.

The grand opening will consist of a short presentation by city representatives including Mayor Ken Genser and City Council members and the state funding agencies.

The officials will then have a walk-through and explain the watershed features, including climate-appropriate plants, drip irrigation and a solar-powered irrigation controller. A rain simulation will also be conducted to demonstrate how runoff passes along the road and into the various harvesting features.

Information, Neal Shapiro, Office of Sustainability and the Environment, at (310) 458-8223 or neal.shapiro@smgov.net/.

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