Watershed Whisperers’ Los Angeles Aqueduct Watershed Planning Tool
For their 2013 Master of Landscape Architecture 606 Capstone Studio Project, Tiernan Doyle, Eric Haley, James Powell, and Devon Santy – the Watershed Whisperers – developed an innovated planning tool for the watershed of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in Inyo and Mono Counties that utilizes Google Earth to help decision-makers review land-use policy.
Their goal was to balance human and ecological needs in the Owens Valley and Mono Basin watersheds, and developed through a combination of rigorous background research and stakeholder engagement. To do this, they identified:
• Land with the greatest potential for hydrologic regeneration.
• Areas of crucial habitat and locate opportunities to increase or enhance habitat connections.
• Sustainable and ecologically sensitive recreation enhancements that encourage stewardship and increase tourism.
• Guidelines for economic development that utilize local resources and promote the area’s cultural heritage.
• Guidelines for agriculture that support ecosystem health while providing increased food security for local residents.
• Areas of potential land use conflicts and propose management guidelines for their resolution.
• Sggestions to prepare residents and local infrastructure to better absorb fluctuations in resource availability.
606 Los Angeles Aqueduct Watershed Planning Tool Downloads:
WSW_Earth.kmz [21mb] <—- open with Google Earth to use
Watershed Whisperers Summary Report [4.3mb]
Full report chapters:
00_Cover_Contents_Exec Summary [688kb]
02_How To Use This Document [211kb]
03_Setting The Stage [3.8mb]
07_Analysis And Program [17.2mb]
09_Sample Implementations [3.7mb]
10_The Future [766kb]
For more information about the WSW Planning Tool
Please contact Barry Lehrman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or use the form below: