Water Wise is a Way of Life : Drought Update

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Many of us Californian’s are excited by the forecast of rain. In the winters following a drought, I find myself saying “Oh good, it’s raining, we need this rain”. But it’s been two winters since the Governor of California announced a Drought State of Emergency on January 17th, 2014 (Executive Order No. B-29-15), aren’t we out of the drought now? Well, as our principal Mark Slichter stated in his 2014 Perspectives article entitled “1990 All Over Again”, droughts in California are a regularly occurring phenomenon.

Since 2014…

What has changed?

The California Department of Water Resources: The Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) was revised and made effective on  December 1st,  2015 to encompass smaller sized projects, promotes use of reclaimed/graywater, requires use of high efficient irrigation systems and set’s more stringent calculations on water budgets.

California Department of Transportation: In 2014, Caltrans issued a memo restricting installation of roadside planting projects in Caltrans’s Right of Ways. As of November this year (2016), the emergency water restrictions will be removed and replaced with the water conserving methods described in the MWELO. We are happy to hear that some of our projects at Callander Associates will now have a green light to be installed.

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City of Woodland’s Interstate 5 and Country Road 102 Interchange Landscape Project

Where do we go from here?

On May 9th, 2016, the Governor issued Executive Order B-37-16, entitled “Making Water Conservation in California a Way of Life”. Our job as landscape architects and stewards of the land should always be mindful of designing our limited resource and help educate our community on the continued effort to conserve water. For us Californians, Water wise is a way of life!

Melissa Ruth, Project Manager out of the Sacramento Office



October 12, 2016 at 4:24 pm