Thank you for the article on the erosion control project at Hilltop Gallery

We had a really big problem with two canyons cut into the hillside by summer rains and runoff. It was no longer a joke: “When do you  think Hilltop Gallery will go downhill?” The erosion was growing fast – 40 feet deep and 15  feet into the parking area.

Board member Cesar Lopez stepped up to save the day. He put together a group of kids in the “Seeds/Semillas“ program and worked with the city and gallery to build an old-fashioned solution to the water drainage problem by creating catchment basins with French drains and plants to slow the water, and berms to direct the water flow.

Hilltop Gallery is on firm ground again and the best part is the beginning of a desert-friendly landscape with cacti, trees and flowers to benefit from the water control.

The board of directors of Patrons of the Arts/ Hilltop Gallery is relieved and pleased that with the effort and support of many people and a tightening of our budget, this problem turned into an art work. Let it rain!

Janice Johnson

Lake Patagonia

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