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Effective Drought Solutions

Effective Drought Solutions

Idea submitted in the My LA2050 Maker Challenge by

Strategically reintroduce native beaver populations back into the dwindling watersheds around LA County, using modern techniques where beaver are "trained" to engineer dams where we want them to, yet leave our infrastructure intact. Beavers are proven to be highly effective at mitigating drought, flash floods, and erosion. As the first major metropolitan area to embrace this cost-effective solution, we would be ensuring a lasting, positive impact on the economy and ecology of our whole region.

In what areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

  • County of Los Angeles

How do you plan to use these resources to make change?

  • Conduct research
  • Engage residents and stakeholders
  • Implement a pilot or new project
  • Mobilize for systems change
  • Advocate with policymakers and leaders
  • Implement and track policy

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics?

  • Access to healthy food
  • Percent of imported water
  • Acres and miles of polluted waterways
  • Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)
  • Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

Weekly, monthly and yearly data will be collected on water volume, soil health, and wildlife populations at each beaver site. As soon as one colony is established and proven effective, another one can be introduced, tracked, and monitored. This method will ensure that beaver are being kept in areas that will be most beneficial to humans.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed?

  • Money (financial capital)
  • Volunteers/staff (human capital)
  • Publicity/awareness (social capital)
  • Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)
  • Community outreach
  • Network/relationship support
  • Quality improvement research