Waterwise Links

Heat Island Effect explained

Despite the rainfall last water year (October 2016-17),  the average of 10" of rain for the prior five years has significantly reduced our backup water supply at Casitas.  As water allocations are imposed and water use declines, water rates will need to increase. Rethinking our landscape water use and replacing high water use plants (i.e. turf) with "waterwise" plants has become the new normal. It's time to develop a long-term framework for water conservation, drought planning and water use efficiency standards for the Ojai Valley.

Below are links to local and State of California Water Use Efficiency mandates and changes, along with some of my "go to"  landscaping websites that I refer to.  Scroll over those listed in RED which links you directly to the website.   If one of these links is not working please venture out on your own, and good luck!   🙄

LOCAL Resources

Casitas Water Drought Declaration and Water Waste Prohibitions
City of Ojai Drought Information and Resources
Ventura County Seasonal Rainfall Map
WaterWise Santa Barbara – WATERSHEDS WATER SCIENCE RESOURCES

STATE OF CA – WATER USE EFFICIENCY

NEW LANDSCAPE ORDINANCE-MWELO
WUCOLS plant database of water requirements by region in CA

UC AG & Natural Resources-Master Gardeners

Capture the Rain and Let it Flow
Plant list for Rain Gardens
Water Conservations Tips for the Home Lawn & Garden
Sustainable Landscaping In California

GARDENS & PLACES TO VISIT

Point Vicente Interpetive Center in Palos Verde

REMOVING YOUR LAWN

There are several different ways to remove your lawn, some take longer than other. I like to  encourages homeowners to consider methods that reduce waste generation and chemical use, and recycle turf  back into your soil when possible.

UCCE Master Gardeners of Sacramento County
California Native Plant Society
Master Gardeners of Santa Clara County
Sonoma County Master Gardeners
Ocean Friendly Gardens

Stop Waste

Capturing Rainwater

Interesting how many states have rain garden design and installation manuals except for California, hmm wonder why that is?  Maybe because rain gardens require correct placement (not too close to the foundation of buildings) and sizing (big enough to capture one inch of rain off of a nearby roof), along with the ability to drain into and percolate water into soil (based on soil texture and structure i.e. percentage of sand, silt and clay ).  Rain gardens also need to be designed with spillways for very large rain event, so extreme amounts of rainwater can "spill out" and into the storm drains.  And don't forget the plants, which have to like being wet in the rainy season and dry in the summer.  More info below:

Plants for Rain Gardens

G3-Green Gardens Group Design Manuals

Plant Database from SO CAL Nurseries/Growers

Favorite Websites on WaterWise Plants:

POLLINATOR GARDEN RESOURCES

FIRE RESISTANT PLANTS

HFH Plant List, Santa Barbara Fire Resistant Plant List

Compost/Mulch/Vermicompost

Worms

CA NATIVE plants Lists:

California Natives_ Easy Medium Difficult to Grow
DroughtTolerantPlantGuidebook
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TreePeople Native Plant List

Parkway Guidelines/Plant Lists

City of LA Parkway Guidelines/Plants
City of West Hollywood Parkway Guidelines/Plants
City of Corona Parkway Design
City of Santa Barbara HW1 Coastal Corridor Parkway Guidelines
Water Wise Lawn Alternatives, City of Santa Barbara
Parkway Plant list from Weeding Wild Suburbia 

Gardening with Natives –  Design Plant Palettes, Layout and Ideas

City of San Jose
Goleta Water Edible Garden

GROWING FOOD

CA Rare Fruit Growers-SB & Ventura Chapter
Water Conservation Tips – Vegetable Gardens 

TREES

Tree People Resources Page
Ojai Trees

OPEN SPACE AND CONSERVATION

Ojai Valley Land Conservancy
Ventura Hillside Conservancy

VENTURE RIVER WATERSHED WATCH

Friends of the Ventura River
Ventura River Watershed Council
Santa Barbara Channel Keeper
Surfrider Foundation

Managing Your Turf During Drought

Your Lawn During Drought, UC AG & Natural Resources, Master Gardener Contra Costa County  http://ccmg.ucanr.edu/files/186273.pdf

Contra Costa County Drought Survival Guide for Lawns
https://lbre.stanford.edu/sem/sites/all/lbre-shared/files/docs_public/CCWD_DroughtSurvivalGuide_Lawns.pdf

Educational Resources for Watershed Education-Region 8 of CREEC
http://www.creec.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/CREEC-Community-Resources-list-Region-8-2017.pdf

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