Target: Fairview Park Wetlands and Riparian Habitat Project
Goal: Congratulate the project on the successful effort to restore 37 acres of wetlands that were thought lost to pollution and urban runoff
Amidst the concrete jungles of southern California, an unlikely team of activists, city planners, biologists, and engineers are paving—and planting—the way to a more sustainable future. The city of Costa Mesa has recently completed an ambitious project to turn a 37-acre expanse of weeded wasteland into lush, thriving ecosystem of wetlands engineered to double as a filtration system for the city’s harmful urban runoff.
The revamped Fairview Park, once a neglected lot along the banks of the Santa Ana River, began five years ago as a simple project of the Army Corps of Engineers. The Corps took up the task of restoring a section of the park to compensate for the damage wreaked by a nearby construction site. Their work was followed by the actions of a coalition of nonprofit agencies and activists, consolidating the resources to begin a massive project of restoring natural wetlands that graced the park’s shores nearly three million years ago.
Today the park has restored the habitat of 25 native species of plants and animals, including several rare species of bird whose future in the region had previously been uncertain. In addition, the project’s creative engineers have incorporated a modern touch into this primordial paradise: a unique water treatment system that utilizes the wetlands’ natural filtration power to cleanse urban runoff into the river. With a combination of pumps, ponds and gravity, their design allows polluted water to be cleansed by flowing through the plants and soil of the park. It is estimated that over 40 million gallons of runoff will run through this system every year, preventing harmful chemicals such as nitrates and metals from polluting the river and nearby ocean.
Fairview Park represents an ideal long sought by advocates of conservation and sustainability that realizes a seamless fusion of urban spaces with natural outdoor ecosystems. Sign this petition to praise the Fairview Park Wetlands and Riparian Habitat Project for its outstanding achievement.
Dear Fairview Park Wetlands and Riparian Habitat Project,
Congratulations on the completion of your monumental effort to restore the treasured wetland ecosystem at Fairview Park. Your achievement stands as a bright example of dedication and creativity in conservation management, and your vision points to a hopeful future in which cities and nature can thrive together.
The thriving wetland habitat now in place in Fairview Park will serve as a much-needed haven for a variety of cherished native species. More remarkable, however, are the benefits this park will reap for the city of Costa Mesa. Through the ingenuity of your planners and engineers, you have found a way to use the natural wetland environment to solve the modern problems of local polluted runoff into the ocean, a feat that will improve the quality of life far beyond your own city. Your completed work is truly impressive, and I thank you for it.
While modernity threatens to cause harm to natural environments around the world, you have found a way to make these forces work together for the benefit of all. Congratulations on your park’s completion, and thank you for your outstanding contribution.
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Photo Credit: Mark Anderson on Geograph