chapter projects

Natural Bridges High School Community Project

On Friday, March 31 of this year, the Central Coast CLCA Chapter contributed their design skills and labor to the Natural Bridges High School, helping them to realize their goal of capturing and using rooftop water to irrigate their fruit trees and gardens. Natural Bridges is an alternative school, and the students are learning life skills and learning about the environment and how to protect it. Sherry Bryan of Ecology Action helped to redesign the existing water catchment system so the water could be used to irrigate the trees and plants. In addition, CLCA designed and installed an automatic drip system to the vegetable planters where the students propagate and grow herbs and vegetables.
Special thanks go out to Aqua Green Touch Landscape, Coastal Evergreen Company, K & D Landscape and Pacific Mountain Horticulture for the donation of their labor and materials to the project. Extra special thanks go to Steve Veltri and Hunter Industries, Craig Stenehjem and SiteOne Products, and Matt Gomez and Ewing Irrigation for their generous donation of materials to the project. The students and volunteers all rolled up their sleeves and, in one day, got the project in the ground and working! This project was a win-win for all involved, as the students were able to work side by side with the CLCA volunteers to achieve their goals.

Sherry Lee Bryant of Ecology Action talking to Babandeep, a UCSC student about the rainwater catchment system design

Bill Henry of Groundswell Coastal Ecology teaching Quinn how to use the trencher

NBHS students digging a section of the trench that was too saturated for the trencher


Students Jack and Alex prime and glue PVC irrigation pipe while Conner and Ian look on

Carlos Garcia and Javier Vega of Pacific Mountain Horticulture worked tirelessly to ready the trenches for the irrigation pipe

Jared and Gavin of K&D Landscaping backfilling the trench after installing the
PVC irrigation pipe


Jen, Natural Bridges High School (NBHS) English teacher, Babandeep, and Hugo of Coastal Evergreen Co. work to install the valves for the irrigation system while Chris works on the electrical in the background

Chris and April, NBHS agriculture teacher, assisting Sherry on the rainwater system

Hugo Palafox from Coastal Evergreen Co. working hard to install the valves for the irrigation system