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A Dirt Simple Solution to Climate Change

Did you know you can help slow down climate change in your own yard through carbon gardening? Daily Acts and the Russian River Watershed Association have teamed up to show you how you can reduce the impacts of climate change, save water, increase wildlife habitat and so much more with simple landscaping practices. Check out their series of brief educational videos and related resources in both English and Spanish starting November 7th at dailyacts.org/carbongardens. Sonoma and Mendocino County residents who share their carbon gardening stories and photos with Daily Acts will receive a voucher for one free yard of organic…

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Partnership Wins Two 2022 WaterSense Awards

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership (Partnership) with two 2022 WaterSense Awards for helping people save water, a 2022 Sustained Excellence Award for its ongoing success with its Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) program and a 2022 Partner of the Year Award for its promotional activities in 2021 amid a second year of drought. In recognition of their commitment to promoting WaterSense and water efficiency in 2021, the Partnership was honored today during the WaterSmart Innovations (WSI) Conference and Exposition in Las Vegas, along with 33 other awardees - utilities, manufacturers, builders,…

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Santa Rosa Water Offers Assistance to Commercial Customers

The City of Santa Rosa’s Water Department (Santa Rosa Water) is employing and combining innovative customer service tools that assist on-site managers with understanding when and how water is being used at commercial facilities. Santa Rosa Water invested in and paired their Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) with companion data analytics tools to enhance the department’s customer service and demand management strategies. Every customer now has online access to hourly, daily, weekly and monthly water use data through the WaterSmart Portal. In addition, Santa Rosa Water offers customized assistance and comprehensive water-use audits of commercial customer facilities. By combining these resources,…

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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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Sonoma County Drought Town Hall

On March 10th Sonoma Water will host a virtual town hall focused on continued drought conditions in the Russian River watershed. Speakers will include representatives from Sonoma Water, the State Water Resources Control Board, National Marine Fisheries Service, Santa Rosa Water, Sonoma County Farm Bureau and the California Department of Water Resources. Speakers will be discussing ongoing drought conditions, water supply management efforts, and conservation measures.

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Annual Report Published

Each year, the Sonoma-Marin Saving Water Partnership publishes an annual report to recap the year's activities and progress towards water use efficiency goals. The Partnership's fiscal year 2020/2021 Annual Report is now available. Explore what our Partners and the community achieved here. Click to View See all Annual Reports

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Resilient Landscape Design

Our gardens can be the front line of defense not only against wildfire but also biodiversity loss. A key question we face is: How do we nurture our gardens and protect our homes while creating environmentally sound defensible space?

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Join Le Tour de Drought through November 21

Marin Water is excited to be partnering with Marin County Bicycle Coalition and One Tam on Le Tour de Drought, a virtual cycling event to raise awareness of the drought in Marin County by cycling amongst the reservoirs that hold our water. The event also aims to raise funds for the Mt. Tam Watershed Fund, which is used for projects such as the Azalea Hill restoration project. The event offers three routes, which all start from Natalie Coffin Greene Park in Ross. Choose between a road route that travels to Nicasio reservoir, or one of two gravel/MTB routes that offer…

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Town of Windsor Increases Cash for Grass Rebate

The Town of Windsor has increased its cash for grass rebate amount to $1.00 per square foot at a maximum of $1,500. If you are a Town of Windsor resident, and interest in the rebate program, click here.

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