Sustainable landscaping comprises numerous practices that address environmental issues related to the design, construction, implementation, and management of residential and commercial landscapes. Sustainable landscapes are responsive to the environment and regenerative. They sequester carbon, clean the air and water, restore habitat, and create value.
Sustainability Issues for Landscaping include:
- Global Climate Change
- Water Pollution
- Water Shortages and Drought
- Stormwater Management
- Soil Health
- Fertilizer Run-off
- Energy Usage
Landscape Sustainability Web-Site Information:
Regional Water Information:
Regional Water Authority
The Regional Water Authority (RWA) is a joint powers authority formed in 2001 to promote collaboration on water management and water supply reliability programs in the greater Sacramento, Placer, and El Dorado County region.
In April 2004, RWA launched the Integrated Regional Water Management Planning Program and developed an Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP) and associated tools to identify the regional projects and partnerships that will help the region best meet its future needs. The program supports a regional conjunctive use program and promotes water recycling, water use efficiency and other strategies that improve local water supply reliability.
For more information about the Regional Water Authority and available programs and training: www.bewatersmart.info
Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)
The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) is the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country. Its 430 public agency members collectively are responsible for 90% of the water delivered to cities, farms and businesses in California. ACWA’s mission is to assist its members in promoting the development, management and reasonable beneficial use of good quality water at the lowest practical cost in an environmentally balanced manner.
In fulfilling its role, ACWA identifies issues of concern to the water industry and the public it serves; accumulates and communicates the best available scientific and technical information to the public and policy makers; facilitates consensus building; develops reasonable goals and objectives for water resources management; advocates sound legislation; promotes local service agencies as the most efficient means of providing water service; provides additional services of value to its members; and fosters cooperation among all interest groups concerned with stewardship of the state’s water resources.
California Environmental Protection Agency / State Water Resources Control Board
State Water Board Drought Year Water Actions
Drought Information and Restrictions:
National Drought Mitigation Center
The U.S. Drought Monitor, established in 1999, provide maps, data and recent news regarding drought conditions, as well as supplement information regarding climate outlooks and temperature and precipitation outlooks. This information is produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The U.S. Drought Monitor website is hosted and maintained by the NDMC.
U.S. Drought Monitor maps come out every Thursday morning at 8:30 eastern time, based on data through 7 a.m. the preceding Tuesday. The map is based on measurements of climatic, hydrologic and soil conditions as well as reported impacts and observations from more than 350 contributors around the country.
BOMA Members please note: If you reproduce the U.S. Drought Monitor map, please use this wording:
The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.
For access to the National Drought Mitigation Center:
2015 Emergency Water Conservation Regulations
On March 17, the State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously to extend and expand its emergency drought regulations. To get detailed information go to:
Regional Water Authority Interactive Water Map / DROUGHT ASSISTANCE
In response to the Governor's declaration of a statewide drought emergency, the Sacramento region must significantly reduce its water usage. The RWA has created a Dry Year Map with associated water suppliers or districts to help users understand water use reduction goals. Each water provider has a unique mix of water supplies, whether from Folsom Lake, the American, Sacramento or Cosumnes rivers, from underground or a combination of these. This mix influences whether and by how much customers are asked cut back.
For information about your specific water provider:
CIMIS - California Irrigation Management Information System
The California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) is a program in the Office of Water Use Efficiency (OWUE), California Department of Water Resources (DWR) that manages a network of over 120 automated weather stations in the state of California. CIMIS was developed in 1982 by the California Department of Water Resource and the University of California at Davis to assist California's irrigators manage their water resources efficiently. Efficient use of water resources benefits Californians by saving water, energy, and money.
Since the beginning of the CIMIS weather station network in 1982, the primary purpose of CIMIS was to make available to the public, free of charge, information useful in estimating crop water use for irrigation scheduling. Although irrigation scheduling continues to be the main use of CIMIS, the uses have been constantly expanding over the years. At present, there are approximately 6,000 registered CIMIS users from diverse backgrounds accessing the CIMIS computer directly. The site contains FAQs, general water resources information and articles such as Evapotranspiration and Drought Tips.
For more information and access to the CIMIS Resource Center:
Water Conservation Legislation:
Assembly Bill 1881 - State law that regulates landscape irrigation in California:
Senate Bill X7-7 - Agricultural Water Management plan development, due dates and guidelines: