Mountains to Sea programs inform and prepare citizens and students of all ages to engage in civic actions supporting water resiliency issues connecting us all.


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LA H2O Mountains to Sea on October 20, 2018:

Discussing Civic Water Issues, Technological Actions and Civic Resources with water experts and community leaders at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium: Angela Barraco, CEO of River LA, Ann Carpenter, Co-Founder/CEO Braid Theory, Cynthia Hirschhorn, Founder/Curator flowproject.la, Dr. Jenny Jay, Professor, IoES at UCLA, Jenny Krusoe, ED, AltaSea, Dr. Shelley Luce, President/CEO Heal the Bay, Julianne Kalman Passarelli, PH.D. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Dr. Melissa Turcotte, Environmental Engineer, LA County.

Thanks also to the participants in the Civic Water Expo including League of Women Voters, ProCon.org, Action Civics CA, Southern California Marine Institute, Braid Theory and the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium!

We've created a linkedin group so you and your teams can continue these conversations and develop a cross-sector community of people interested in water, environmental resiliency and civic resources. Please join so we can network our networks to align missions & amplify resources for more impact at the civic scale! 

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LA H2O Mountains to Sea Panel. Our experts panelists are leaders in the Civic Water Sector including: Angela Barraco, CEO, River LA; Ann Carpenter, Co-Founder/CEO, Braid Theory; Cynthia Hirschhorn, Founder, flowproject.la; Dr. Jenny Jay, Professor, IoES at UCLA; Jenny Krusoe, ED, AltaSea, Dr. Shelley Luce, President/CEO Heal the Bay.

"Mountains to Sea" programs aim to inspire more thoughtful choices by individuals and communities about using this precious resource because:

  • We must all be engaged in making decisions about access to this precious resource upon which all life depends and truly “common ground”.

  • Civic scale water issues vary depending on location, though flooding, drought, pollution, access, and other challenges to healthy and abundant water supplies often overlap and are interconnected.

"H2O+" is a program we’re also developing to support potential solutions for civic resource issues by aligning private sector resources for more impactful investments.


More About Mountains to Sea:

We curate civic education programming designed to include and align information and resources that groups like these may already focus on in their own work so as to have more impact by connecting on water issues: 

  • water resiliency issues identified by local and global experts (100 Resilient Cities, ProCon, AltaSea, River LA, IoES, SCMI…)

  • impartial analysis (ProCon, IoES, SCMI)

  • civic education curriculum development (ProCon, Action Civics, iCivics) and simulation games (NCSOFT, etc.)

  • incubator/accelerator to develop solutions for some of these issues into social enterprises and opportunities for impact investment (H2O+, Braid Theory)

This information can then be communicated at the civic scale through “River of Beauty” projects:

  • murals (Obey, Beautify Earth, local mural groups)

  • posters (Amplifier, Obey)

  • virtual gallery (Paddle 8, Artnet) of water-themed art, with a percentage of sales serving as a sustainable revenue stream supporting the civic arts and education program.

  • social media (viral images, graphic statistics, gifs, newsletter, websites)

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Attend regularly scheduled and special events presenting environmental education followed by art workshops at outdoor classrooms near your school! Best times for me to meet are :

Past Programs/Proposals:

Last year we proposed to educate Angelenos from Mountains to Sea about water resiliency issues at a site adjacent to the LA River. We also suggested a FLOWfest civic education faire along the LA River, including groups like these and other potential partners listed in the resource gallery below. We’re very happy our Fall Forum is at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium at the Port of LA and excited to see future events flow like the water cycles from Sea to Mountains as well…



Outdoor classroom art gardens foster civic action based on environmental education + public art + urban gardens:

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Prototype environmental/art education programs at existing outdoor classroom along the river, Fall 2015:

Things we'd like to see and do at outdoor classroom "art gardens":


Connect with relevant LA2050 proposals:


The Civic Water Expo partners include: