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Re-Thinking the Lawn

Add to Calendar Jun. 22, 2022 6:00 pm Jun. 22, 2022 7:00 pm Re-Thinking the Lawn Got a green monster in your garden? Tired of watering and mowing? Learn why lawns (including fake lawns) are not eco-friendly, watch a short video for the best method to easily eliminate one, and discover how to decide the best use for the space. We’ll discuss the latest in walkable green plants, plus a host of other possibilities that’s sure to broaden your definition of “lawn alternative.”
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Jun. 22, 2022 | 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Marin Water + UC Master Gardeners

Got a green monster in your garden? Tired of watering and mowing? Learn why lawns (including fake lawns) are not eco-friendly, watch a short video for the best method to easily eliminate one, and discover how to decide the best use for the space. We’ll discuss the latest in walkable green plants, plus a host of other possibilities that’s sure to broaden your definition of “lawn alternative.”

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Laundry to Landscape

Add to Calendar Jun. 07, 2022 5:00 pm Jun. 07, 2022 6:00 pm Laundry to Landscape Marin Water and The Urban Farmer Store are hosting free online Laundry-to-Landscape (L2L) Graywater workshops. Laura Allen, lead author of “The San Francisco Graywater Design Guidelines for Outdoor Irrigation”, will host each webinar. Learn how to re-use graywater in your landscape. Laura is also the author of “The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape” and “Greywater, Green Landscape”.
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Jun. 07, 2022 | 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

Marin Water + Urban Farm Store

Marin Water and The Urban Farmer Store are hosting free online Laundry-to-Landscape (L2L) Graywater workshops. Laura Allen, lead author of “The San Francisco Graywater Design Guidelines for Outdoor Irrigation”, will host each webinar. Learn how to re-use graywater in your landscape. Laura is also the author of “The Water-Wise Home: How to Conserve and Reuse Water in Your Home and Landscape” and “Greywater, Green Landscape”.

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Ember Stomp!

Add to Calendar May. 28, 2022 11:00 am May. 28, 2022 5:00 pm Ember Stomp! Fire Safe Marin presents “Ember Stomp,” the first-ever wildfire prevention festival in Marin County. This FREE event held on May 28, 2022, at the Marin Center Fairgrounds Island will be a celebration of Marin County’s groundbreaking community effort to reduce the risk of a catastrophic wildfire. The festival will be an immersive experience, featuring live music, hands-on activities, awards and entertainment, and lots of great food, inviting all Marin residents to explore ways to keep fire safe. Stop by the Marin Water table to learn more about the District’s efforts to protect the watershed and community from wildfires while also working to…
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May. 28, 2022 | 11:00 am-5:00 pm

Fire Safe Marin + Marin Water District

Fire Safe Marin presents “Ember Stomp,” the first-ever wildfire prevention festival in Marin County. This FREE event held on May 28, 2022, at the Marin Center Fairgrounds Island will be a celebration of Marin County’s groundbreaking community effort to reduce the risk of a catastrophic wildfire. The festival will be an immersive experience, featuring live music, hands-on activities, awards and entertainment, and lots of great food, inviting all Marin residents to explore ways to keep fire safe. Stop by the Marin Water table to learn more about the District’s efforts to protect the watershed and community from wildfires while also working to…

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Water Smart Expo

Add to Calendar Jun. 29, 2022 5:00 pm Jun. 29, 2022 8:30 pm Water Smart Expo Water Smart Expo at Downtown Santa Rosa Old Courthouse Square Wednesday Night Market Sign up for the WaterSmart Portal and be entered to win a $200 water bill credit.* Ask an expert about sustainable landscaping. Demonstrations of graywater and rainwater harvesting systems Native and drought tolerant plant displays *Santa Rosa Water customers only. Create account by July 8, 2022 to win. Already have an account? You’re automatically entered to win.
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Jun. 29, 2022 | 5:00 pm-8:30 pm

City of Santa Rosa

Water Smart Expo at Downtown Santa Rosa Old Courthouse Square Wednesday Night Market Sign up for the WaterSmart Portal and be entered to win a $200 water bill credit.* Ask an expert about sustainable landscaping. Demonstrations of graywater and rainwater harvesting systems Native and drought tolerant plant displays *Santa Rosa Water customers only. Create account by July 8, 2022 to win. Already have an account? You’re automatically entered to win.

Fire-smarting an Established Landscape and the Use of Native Plants

Add to Calendar May. 25, 2022 6:00 pm May. 25, 2022 7:00 pm Fire-smarting an Established Landscape and the Use of Native Plants A large portion of the home gardens and landscapes in Marin County are well-established and/or mature. However, many are not now designed to deal with wildfire risk effectively. Homeowners need to transition to a fire-smart landscape design that protects structures while retaining or improving garden health, support of beneficial wildlife, efficient use of water, and development of a healthier natural environment. Please join Bob Mauceli who will show you steps he has taken in his garden to reduce wildfire hazard risk in an established garden. He will also discuss why use of native plants is important to both increasing the…
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May. 25, 2022 | 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Marin Water + UC Marin Master Gardeners

A large portion of the home gardens and landscapes in Marin County are well-established and/or mature. However, many are not now designed to deal with wildfire risk effectively. Homeowners need to transition to a fire-smart landscape design that protects structures while retaining or improving garden health, support of beneficial wildlife, efficient use of water, and development of a healthier natural environment. Please join Bob Mauceli who will show you steps he has taken in his garden to reduce wildfire hazard risk in an established garden. He will also discuss why use of native plants is important to both increasing the…

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Laundry to Landscape Graywater

Add to Calendar Aug. 09, 2022 5:30 pm Aug. 09, 2022 9:00 pm Laundry to Landscape Graywater Graywater is the water that is reused from our washing machines, showers, and bathroom sinks. This FREE webinar will explain how to install a simple graywater system that uses the wash water from your washing machine to irrigate your landscape. The discussion will include what materials are needed, where to purchase them, and how to take advantage of Santa Rosa Water’s Graywater Rebate. Join this FREE program to learn about:  What graywater is and what graywater is not  If graywater is suitable for your dwelling How you can design and install a laundry-to-landscape graywater system *Advanced registration is required. Exciting…
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Aug. 09, 2022 | 5:30 pm-9:00 pm

City of Santa Rosa + Daily Acts

Graywater is the water that is reused from our washing machines, showers, and bathroom sinks. This FREE webinar will explain how to install a simple graywater system that uses the wash water from your washing machine to irrigate your landscape. The discussion will include what materials are needed, where to purchase them, and how to take advantage of Santa Rosa Water’s Graywater Rebate. Join this FREE program to learn about:  What graywater is and what graywater is not  If graywater is suitable for your dwelling How you can design and install a laundry-to-landscape graywater system *Advanced registration is required. Exciting…

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Drip Irrigation Basics

Add to Calendar Jul. 12, 2022 5:30 pm Jul. 12, 2022 7:00 pm Drip Irrigation Basics Find out how you can save water with drip irrigation! Drip irrigation saves water and fosters healthy plants by applying water directly to the plant root zone. Join Master Gardeners, Leslie Hart and Mary Lou Milkoff of the UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County, as we explore the basics of drip irrigation systems including how to convert existing sprinklers to drip. Join this FREE program to learn about:  Improving water use efficiency through drip irrigation  How different types of soil affect irrigation choices How to adapt existing overhead sprinklers to drip irrigation Different types of drip irrigation devices and…
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Jul. 12, 2022 | 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

City of Santa Rosa + Daily Acts

Find out how you can save water with drip irrigation! Drip irrigation saves water and fosters healthy plants by applying water directly to the plant root zone. Join Master Gardeners, Leslie Hart and Mary Lou Milkoff of the UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County, as we explore the basics of drip irrigation systems including how to convert existing sprinklers to drip. Join this FREE program to learn about:  Improving water use efficiency through drip irrigation  How different types of soil affect irrigation choices How to adapt existing overhead sprinklers to drip irrigation Different types of drip irrigation devices and…

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Windsor In-Person Water Wise Garden Tour

Add to Calendar May. 21, 2022 10:00 am May. 21, 2022 12:00 pm Windsor In-Person Water Wise Garden Tour Looking for some garden inspiration? Join Daily Acts for a tour of residential and community gardens that are low-water use and habitat-providing spaces. Re-designing your landscape can be daunting. Where do you start? How do you know what plants will do well and what will look good? This tour is meant to be an opportunity for discussion and inspiration. We’ll tour a few sites that include mulched landscapes, water retaining swales, native plants, and drip irrigation. Come with your questions and curiosity! Bring a pal and learn together! We’ll share tips for DIY landscape transformations, and low-cost, low-tech solutions for saving…
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May. 21, 2022 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Town of Windsor + Daily Acts

Looking for some garden inspiration? Join Daily Acts for a tour of residential and community gardens that are low-water use and habitat-providing spaces. Re-designing your landscape can be daunting. Where do you start? How do you know what plants will do well and what will look good? This tour is meant to be an opportunity for discussion and inspiration. We’ll tour a few sites that include mulched landscapes, water retaining swales, native plants, and drip irrigation. Come with your questions and curiosity! Bring a pal and learn together! We’ll share tips for DIY landscape transformations, and low-cost, low-tech solutions for saving…

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Rainwater Harvesting Rebates Available for Sonoma County Residents

Rebates are available for both small and large rainwater capture systems. Rebates will be provided to Sonoma County residents based on a limited-time, first-come, first-served basis through a simple application process and proof of installation. This program is designed to reduce the barriers to installation by increasing the affordability of these systems and providing technical assistance for system design, installation, and troubleshooting. The program is made possible by a partnership of Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District (GRRCD), Sonoma Resource Conservation District (Sonoma RCD), Daily Acts, County of Sonoma and the California Department of Water Resources. Learn More Please note, rainwater…

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How to Make Your Landscape Thrive with Less Water and Less Work

Keeping up with yard work can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be. Knowing what to do, how to do it, and when can make landscape maintenance much easier and less time consuming. The Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership, in collaboration with Ann Baker Landscape Architecture, have published a guide for home owners new to maintaining a low water use landscape. The guide titled “Water Smart Gardens Maintenance Manual” is an easy to use, step-by-step instruction manual on how to care for and maintain the plants, drip irrigation systems, and green features like the ones offered in the Water Smart…

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Drought Town Hall

In case you missed the drought town hall event, check out the recording on Sonoma Water's website.

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State Announces New Water Waste Regulations

On January 18, 2022 the California State Water Board adopted an emergency drought regulations.

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