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The Prado Wetlands Ecosystem

The intent of this project was to Investigate the “unknown” by structuring the constructed and the mythic adaptations of ecologies within the Prado Basin, Chino, CA. The studio examined the potential of the area behind Prado Dam in order to construct appropriate and site-determined frameworks of ecological, cultural, real issues. The explored strategies then were visualized as landscape-based systems of cultivated and distributed temporal events across the existing site.



Map of the Future

As students, we developed project programs that address the core issues that have emerged through the process of research, landscape analysis and mapping. Specific to this site is the issue of preserving the habitat for endangered species of the Arroyo Chub and the Least Bell Vireo. As part of our proposed programs each group or individual had to take this into consideration. This infographic is a map that shows the conceptual frameworks proposed for the Prado Wetlands.Each framework is placed in relation to the topographic features of the site as well as the movement of water coming in from the Santa Ana River on the East. Each framework is dependant of each other and their significance to Prado Wetlands is based in the habitat and the surrounding community of the Prado Wetlands.




As illustrated in the infographic, one of my proposed infrastructures for the Prado Wetlands is the introduction of Azolla. Azolla is a small water fern that has shown to have so many benefits over the world through different uses. With the main intention to introduce the fern as feed for the Arroyo Chub, with some intense and deep research, I stumbled upon the serendipity of the plethora of benefits that it would bring to the Prado Wetlands. Azolla can be introduced as a green fertilizer for various crops, such as rice, green feed for poultry and cattle, and used for mosquito control. All these benefits could function simultaneously, if provided the right site, and in combination of other infrastructures expanding the useability and functionality of the existing wetland infrastructure. As illustrated above and in conjunction with the previous infographic on the proposed infrastructures, this mural gives a graphic representation of the potential of azolla as an infrastructure and is multi-functionality to both the habitat in Prado and the local communities that surround it. Azolla can contribute to increasing yields in crop production, mosquito population control and its possible eradication increasing yields in inexpensive organic feed and restoration and conservation.