Homeowners associations are now making outdoor landscaping and irrigation decisions with real water consequences. That's why the Orange County Stormwater Program (a division of the county's public works department) is inviting you to be a part of H2O for HOAs, a targeted outreach program aimed at homeowners associations to provide hands-on information on water-efficient irrigation techniques to save water and eliminate runoff.
Experts say more than 50 percent of Southern California's drinking water is used in outdoor irrigation. Combine this statistic with the damaging ocean pollution caused by urban runoff due to overwatering, and it's clear why many Orange County residents are becoming more water efficient.
Our program has made water use efficiency and storm water/urban runoff education and outreach a priority activity among homeowners associations throughout the county. H2O for HOAs will present a forum through which the county may directly reach association board members, management companies, and landscape and irrigation contractors through a series of half-day, morning workshops on March 9 at Santiago Canyon College and March 17 at The Bell Tower Community Center in Rancho Santa Margarita.
We're partnering with both the Municipal Water District of Orange County and the UC Cooperative Extension, as well as community leaders and stakeholders who know California is facing historic drought conditions. Topics will include:
• Current Drought and Water Supply Conditions
• Reducing water consumption with landscape and irrigation system retrofits
• Stormwater and Water Quality Regulations
• Landscape and Irrigation System Rebates
• Drought Tolerant “California Friendly” Landscaping
• Maintaining a Healthy Landscape
We hope you'll join us. Please reply to the program's coordinator, Justin Glover at firstname.lastname@example.org or (949) 215-5539 to reserve your space at no charge.
Shared from UC ANR Publications:
Over 800 visitors braved the scorching temperatures to experience the Urban Landscape & Garden Education Expo at the UC ANR Urban Landscape & Garden Education Expo on September 26th.
There were activities for the young and old alike ranging from a tram ride through the extension orchards, presentations on various topics such as rebates or plant selection, to tasting the delectable fruits grown at the REC, or even using a little muscle power making a refreshing drink on one of the 4-H booths smoothy bikes.
Exhibitors included representatives from Cooperative Extension programs - 4-H Youth Program, Master Gardeners, and EFNEP; irrigation sources, nurseries specializing in native or low water use plants, county agencies focusing on water quality and water conservation.
If you have a chance, be sure to join us next year on September 24, 2016 - you won't be disappointed.
Summer is over, the nights are getting cooler, and the holidays are just around the corner. Before you get caught up in all things merry and bright, take a little time to do some preventive measures now to reduce the pest population that can cause harm to your landscape fruit trees this coming winter and spring.
By reducing pests populations, you will not only keep your home orchard healthy, but also minimize your pesticide use that could potentially become polluted runoff if not use responsibly.
For tips on how to implement good sanitation practices be sure to read UC IPM's blog post from November 6.
7th Annual Urban Landscape and Garden Education Expo
Activities for the Whole Family!
Saturday, September 26, 2015
9 am to 2 pm
7601 Irvine Blvd., Irvine, CA
Directions, updates and additional details at http://ucanr.edu/sites/urbanwatermgmt/
Explore the sustainable gardening practices at work at the UCCE Demonstration Landscapes
- including rainwater harvesting, low-water plantings, more efficient irrigation, composting,
mulching and environmentally friendly pest control alternatives.
Taste fresh, seasonal fruit grown at the UC ANR South Coast Research & Extension Center.
Learn food preservation methods from UCCE Master Food Preservers.
Kids - visit the 4-H booth and learn how to make a smoothie while riding your bike - along with other delicious snacks.
Listen to presentations by UC experts about more efficient water use and irrigation, plant selections for our local climate and pest management practices for your home landscape.
Get answers to your landscape questions from UC experts, UCCE Master Gardeners, various industry vendors and local water agencies.
This is a FREE event hosted by UC ANR South Coast Research & Extension Center and Irvine Ranch Water District.