Waterwise Links

February 5, 2018

https://www.drought.gov/drought/states/california

Well, it looks like another low rainfall year again, as the drought continues – – – with above average temperatures and low rainfall (so far this rain year, which started October 1, 2017, Ojai has had 2.5″ of rain.)  The state of California is feeling it also, see Drought deepens dramatically for Ventura County, Feb 1, 2018 article in Ventura County Star.

Despite the rainfall last water year of (October 2016-17),  the average 10″ of rain for the prior five years has significantly reduced our water supply in the Ojai Basin and our backup supply at Lake Casitas.  Current level info is here. As water allocations are imposed and water use declines, water rates will increase. Rethinking our landscape and replacing high water use plants (i.e. turf) with “waterwise” plants is part of the solution. 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.   NOTE: 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
County of Santa Barbara WaterWise Landscaping
City of Santa Barbara Drought and Water Conservation Information

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
CNPS_SchoolGardensBooksecIIa,BL20110831
Nifty50_2009_illustrated
attractingpollinators-1
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

Turf Alternatives http://waterwisesb.org/asset.c/259

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

Climate Change

<pre><a href=”https://youtu.be/ohNNsC9Q5a8″>Heat Island Effect explained</a>

Newsletters/Blogs to follow

WATER DEEPLY is designed to help you understand the complex web of environmental, social and economic issues related to water in California. https://www.newsdeeply.com/water and http://toxictaps.newsdeeply.com/
California Water Blog https://californiawaterblog.com/

Association of CA Water Agencies https://www.acwa.com/news_document_type/newsletters/

Sustainable Conservation http://suscon.org/

 

Resources from UC CA Master Gardeners:  UC  Cooperative Extension http://ciwr.ucanr.edu/california_drought_expertise/droughttips/

33 Ways to Save Water in Your Home Garden

California Institute for Water Resources

California Water Districts & Associations

NEW! Coastal California Rain Gardens

NEW! Keeping Landscape Plantings Alive under Drought or Water Restrictions

Gardening Basics: How do I practice sustainable gardening?

Landscape Water Conservation Resources Map

Lawn Watering Guide for California

Managing Turfgrass During Drought

Managing Water, Sustainably

Questions & Answers About Water Conservation and Drought in the Landscape

Water Conservation Tips for Home Lawn and Garden

Below are links to local and State of California Water Use Efficiency mandates and changes, along with some water wise landscaping websites to make the most of the water we do have.

LOCAL Resources

Casitas Water Drought Declaration and Water Waste Prohibitions
City of Ojai Drought Information and Resources
Ventura County Seasonal Rainfall Map
County of Santa Barbara WaterWise Landscaping
City of Santa Barbara Drought and Water Conservation Information

STATE OF CA – WATER USE EFFICIENCY

California Model Water Use Efficiency Ordinance (MWELO)
WUCOLS plant database of water requirements by region in CA

U.C. 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

Meiners Oaks Elementary School -Watershed Friendly Garden
Cluff Vista Park in Ojai- Native Garden designed by Tom Bostrom
Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens in Santa Barbara
Firescape Gardens at Stanwood Dr. and Mission Ridge Rd. in Santa Barbara
Ventura Botanical Gardens in Ventura
Seaside Gardens in Carpenteria
Lotus Land http://www.lotusland.org/ in Montecito
Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden  in Claremont
Grow Natives Nursery near UCLA in Veterans Garden
Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge
South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes Peninsula
San Luis Obispo Botanic Gardens in San Luis Obispo
The LA Arboretum in Arcadia
The Huntington Gardens in San Marino
Arlington Garden in South Pasadena
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

Rain garden design and placement require planning (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:

San Luis Obispo Guide to LID
Iowa Rain Garden Design and Installation Manual
Youtube Videos Calculating Runoff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMmNY7SimV8
Plants for Rain Gardens

LID Plant Guidance for Bio Retention
UC CAL Extension  SEA GRANT – Rain Gardens
G3-Green Gardens Group Design Manuals

Drought Tolerant Handbook from LA
San Diego Sustainable Landscape Guidelines
Beverly Hills Garden Handbook
Plant Database from SO CAL Nurseries/Growers

Where to get native plants in SO CALIFORNIA
Tree of Life Nursery
El Nativo Growers
El Nativo -What CA Natives are Easy to GROW?
Matilija Nursery in Moorpark
Native Sons
The Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley
Monrovia Plant Catalog
Dave’s Garden Plant Files
San Marcos Growers in Sant Barbara
USDA Plant Finder
http://findnativeplants.com/pacific/california-native-plants/
Favorite Websites on WaterWise Plants:

WUCOLS WUCOLS plant database water requirements by region in CA
CALIFORNIA FRIENDLY LANDSCAPE WEBSITE from Met Water District in LA
Gardening Success with Ca Native Plants from Master Gardeners of Sonoma County
LA County Green Building Program | DRP
CA Native Plant Society of LA and Santa Monica Mountains- List of Resources
Search by zip code http://www.mynativeplants.com/site
Nifty Fifty list of plants and other info from San Diego County Water Authority
Landscape Plants for California Gardens by Bob Perry download Ch 1-3
UC DAvis Arboretum All Stars
Sunset Waterwise Gardening
Eguide to a Watersmart Lifestyle (San Diego County Water Authority)
POLLINATOR GARDEN RESOURCES

Pollinator Plants for Southern California: coastal and foothills
Native Bees Plant list
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
CNPS_SchoolGardensBooksecIIa,BL20110831
Nifty50_2009_illustrated
attractingpollinators-1
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

Native Plant Planting Instructions from Irvine Water District

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 Land Trust

VENTURE RIVER WATERSHED WATCH

Friends of the Ventura River
Ventura River Watershed Council
Santa Barbara Channel Keeper
Ventura County Ocean Friendly Gardens
Surfrider Foundation

Managing Your Turf During Drought

Turf Alternatives http://waterwisesb.org/asset.c/259

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

Climate Change

Heat Island Effect explained
UC  Cooperative Extension
http://ciwr.ucanr.edu/california_drought_expertise/droughttips/

Los Padres National Forest Thomas Fire Burn Area Emergency (FBAE) Response Team Reportshttps://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lpnf/home/?cid=fseprd570093

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