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Conservation Garden Park

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Joy in the Garden takes us on a tour of the Conservation Garden Park.
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We don't live in England! This site was created to highlight issues and solutions for conserving water on lawns and landscapes across the US.
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The Santa Clara Weekly | June 2014 | Issue 25 | Who Knew Water Conservation Could be Fun?

The Santa Clara Weekly | June 2014 | Issue 25 | Who Knew Water Conservation Could be Fun? | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Who Knew Water Conservation Could be Fun?
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Make saving water a fun challenge!

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Virgin River near lowest level ever recorded, officials urge residents to conserve water

Virgin River near lowest level ever recorded, officials urge residents to conserve water | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON COUNTY - The Virgin River is near its lowest level ever recorded.  It's put cities on alert, implementing water restrictions, and officials with the water district said they're just hopi...
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Common sense would tell you that the following suggestions are no brainers... but seems like we've heard this story over and over

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Rainwater harvesting ‘soaking in’ as way to conserve Texas’ water resources | AgriLife Today

Rainwater harvesting ‘soaking in’ as way to conserve Texas’ water resources | AgriLife Today | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
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Wildfire season is already here, Utah experts say

Wildfire season is already here, Utah experts say | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Tracy Dunford looks around City Creek Canyon’s blushing hues of green and knows it won’t last. Wildfire season is coming. “If you look around here, it’s very easy to see how a fire could get started,” said Dunford, a Utah State Forestry fire management officer. Joining other experts on Thursday to talk about the impending fire season with a small army of reporters, Dunford pointed out how a careless use ...
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as drought continues, wildfire season has already started in many parts of the west.

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I-Team: A tale of 2 mansions and water usage - KLAS-TV

I-Team: A tale of 2 mansions and water usage - KLAS-TV | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
I-Team: A tale of 2 mansions and water usage KLAS-TV The I-Team visited one neighborhood that has a home near the top of the list in water usage and another home that is among the water district's greatest success stories when it comes to...
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On the flip side, unbelievble how much water some of these wealthy Vegas people are using. Money talks...

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The Eco-Unfriendly Appeal of a Lush Green Lawn - Pacific Standard

The Eco-Unfriendly Appeal of a Lush Green Lawn - Pacific Standard | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
The Eco-Unfriendly Appeal of a Lush Green Lawn Pacific Standard The results of three experiments “suggest that the elements used in residential landscaping have broad symbolic and self-presentational significance,” a research team led by University...
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It would be interesting to know the background of the people who answered the survey questions and how that might affect the results.

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WaterSmart Syncs With Opower for Behavioral Reports on Water Usage : Greentech Media

Intelligent efficiency programs align in Palo Alto.
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Another California municipality adopts behavior conservation program.

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Drought in California prompts some to rethink lawns as landscaping norm

Drought in California prompts some to rethink lawns as landscaping norm | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
SACRAMENTO, Calif. _ Sacramento, Calif., gets about as much annual rainfall as arid Flagstaff, Ariz., but its lush lawns are modeled on those of rain-soaked England.
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We've heard this over and over, but it is still worth repeating.

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Water Beliefs That No Longer Hold Water - Environmental Leader

Water Beliefs That No Longer Hold Water - Environmental Leader | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Water Beliefs That No Longer Hold Water Environmental Leader And even more revealing, the study also highlights one of the concerns that complicates all water-reduction issues in the United States: the confusion between what it means to conserve...
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... one of the concerns that complicates all water-reduction issues in the United States: the confusion between what it means to conserve water and what it means to use it more efficiently.

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Water conservation plans offer incentives first, penalties later

Water conservation plans offer incentives first, penalties later | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
The biggest problem envisioned by drought-weary Southern California water suppliers was not how to get more water, but rather how to convince a skeptical and jaded public the drought is real.At a recent m
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why do people still think the drought isn't real?

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Drought forces some Native Americans to choose which tradition to save | Al Jazeera America

Drought forces some Native Americans to choose which tradition to save | Al Jazeera America | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
In Santo Domingo Pueblo, tribe opts to give up old irrigation method to preserve culture of farming
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Native Americans are taking proactive measures to save traditional farming practices. Maybe the rest of us can learn something.

 

"With traditional foods and ways of life at stake across Native America, more and more North American tribes are beginning to face the impacts of climate change head on. By developing climate adaptation plans, many tribal leaders are working to predict and adjust to the coming ecological fluctuations, keeping their communities ahead of the climate change curve."

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Calif. drought: Frowny faces help conserve water

Calif. drought: Frowny faces help conserve water | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Peer pressure works in getting people to use less water: one public utility in California is getting people to conserve water with some neighborly competition.
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peer pressure might be working

 

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California drought: Why it is hard to conserve

California drought: Why it is hard to conserve | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Gov. Jerry Brown asked for a voluntary 20 percent reduction in every Californian's water use last month, but in the weeks since, his goal has received a good deal of criticism for being unrealistic. Why is changing from our business-as-usual water habits - even on the small but significant things like a few shaved minutes off a morning shower - such a tall order? When it comes to actions such as water conservation, it can be especially difficult to translate good intentions into behavior changes. The lion's share, $549 million, would augment local and regional projects already in the pipeline, shortening the time between approval, implementation and results. Ultimately, however, people need to support not only the relief package also but individual conservation actions. A number of similar programs have still shown significant improvements in home energy use despite this effect, making the social angle promising for water conservation. [...] we can, and should, place our water conservation actions in the context of a larger collective; in aggregate, we make an appreciable difference for our community and California as a whole. Nik Sawe, a neuroscientist who studies decision-making on environmental issues, is a doctoral candiate in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University.
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“Weather's reputation for unpredictability creates a comfortable trap, one where we're apt to "wait and see" our way into a more dire situation.”

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Cut and Dry: Stop Wasting Water

Cut and Dry: Stop Wasting Water | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
The signs are everywhere: whether it be the bone-dry San Gabriel Riverbed that empties to the south of Alamitos Bay or the more literal signs posted by CalTrans, the State is in the midst of a historic drought, one that is projected to get a lot worse before getting any better.
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There is a TON of information about how to conserve water but figuring out how to get people to do it seems problematic. Apparently they don't seem to get that education alone does not change behavior.

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Bring on variety when landscaping with native plants

Bring on variety when landscaping with native plants | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Incorporating carefully selected native plants into your garden is a great way to create a landscape that needs less water, fertilizer and pesticides and that also benefits native pollinators, such
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More ideas for the Intermountain West water wise landscape. 

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Research survey looks at 'human side' of Utah's water management - Deseret News

Research survey looks at 'human side' of Utah's water management - Deseret News | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
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Research survey looks at 'human side' of Utah's water management
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Published: Wednesday, May 28 2014 12:46 p.m. MDT. Updated: 6 hours ago.
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More on the household water use  survey starting in Utah

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USU, UofU conducting survey of residential water use - Idaho Press-Tribune

USU, UofU conducting survey of residential water use - Idaho Press-Tribune | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
USU, UofU conducting survey of residential water use Idaho Press-Tribune “I believe the more information we can obtain about people's habits regarding the use of water will help us to identify conservation measures that make sense,” Nielsen wrote...
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Interesting story about how people use and think about water in northern Utah

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Las Vegas Casinos Conserve Water Amid Drought - AccuWeather.com

Las Vegas Casinos Conserve Water Amid Drought - AccuWeather.com | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Las Vegas Casinos Conserve Water Amid Drought
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(Photo/Kristen Rodman). In fact, back in the early '90s, the resort industry helped fund the city's initial residential conservation programs, Mack said.
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Viva Las Vegas!

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Green Guide 2014: The Water Issue

Green Guide 2014: The Water Issue | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
After an unusually dry winter across the West, we’re dedicating this year’s Green Guide to water—you know, that stuff that, most years, falls from the sky, piles up by the dozens of feet in the Wasatch Mountains and gushes into our toile
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Interesting series of articles...

 

"Fueling population growth and maintaining landscaping might rank high on the list of importance for many Utahns. But Frankel wonders at what point Utah will realize it cannot afford to pillage every water source it has and sacrifice it on the altar of growth."

 

 

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Waterwize of Santa Barbara Launches Residential Water Recycling Service

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"Laundry to Landscape" diverts gray water to landscape areas.

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Peek below surface of SJ water usage - Stockton Record

Peek below surface of SJ water usage - Stockton Record | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Peek below surface of SJ water usage Stockton Record Locally, the numbers support the widespread belief that residents who have meters, and are charged based on their actual water use, are more diligent about conserving - particularly during times...
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This makes sense... "It's like any kind of goal that you set: If you can't see your progress, if you can't measure your progress, then how do you get people excited about conserving?"

 

Locally, the numbers support the widespread belief that residents who have meters, and are charged based on their actual water use, are more diligent about conserving - particularly during times of severe drought.

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World Water Day 2014: Home

World Water Day 2014: Home | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
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Happy World Water Day! Focus this year is on water and energy
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On World Water Day, why talk about energy?

On World Water Day, why talk about energy? | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Scarcity of water and energy threatens to undermine successful economic development. So, how do we manage our resources to ensure that they are available and sustainable?
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A reminder of the interconnectedness of energy and water

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‘Transformational’ Water Reforms, Though Wrenching, Helped Australia Endure Historic Drought, Experts Say - Circle of Blue WaterNews

‘Transformational’ Water Reforms, Though Wrenching, Helped Australia Endure Historic Drought, Experts Say - Circle of Blue WaterNews | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
California, in the third year of its worst drought ever, faces challenges similar to those of Australia. A panel of water policy experts and Circle of Blue journalists questioned whether the nation’s most populous state has the resolve to enact similar reforms. Photo © J. Carl Ganter / Circle of Blue The man-made reservoirs near …
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Will California go the way of Australia?

 

“Societies have one gear: forward,” Schneider said. “The Earth is telling us we need to change. We’re being forced to embrace different ways. We have the capacity to adjust, but can we do it quickly enough?”

 

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Is the U.S. running out of well water?

Is the U.S. running out of well water? | Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape | Scoop.it
Recent water crises and a new study suggests the nation needs to change how it manages its fresh water supplies
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"According to data from the U.S. Geological Survey, about 20 percent of the 410 billion gallons of water used daily in 2005 came from groundwater sources."

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