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Drought Dilemma Challenges Unlimited Growth

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Apr 16, 2015 9:09:00 AM

California’s drought is putting the concept of unlimited growth under severe scrutiny, and for good reasons. 

When it comes to water, California is running out of options—and time. Suffering through its fourth year of excruciating drought...the state’s snow pack is at an all-time low... Governor Brown has issued unprecedented water restrictions...surface and ground water is quickly drying up...and crop and pasture losses are escalating.

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The Water Revolution is Here

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 26, 2015 9:54:00 AM

At current usage and population rates, international demand for water in 2030 will outstrip supply by 40 percent. What's the best strategy?

AS FRESH WATER SUPPLIES DWIDNDLE, nations across the globe will face unprecedented, unsettling, and formerly unthinkable choices regarding water, compelled to make difficult decisions about how to allocate the precious resource.

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Low-Mow Lawns

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Mar 18, 2015 3:00:20 PM

Most of your clients will be reluctant to give up the lawn completely. Here are some ways to upgrade that patch of grass.

WITH MORE THAN 40 million acres of residential and commercial grass lawns in the United States, turfgrass is firmly rooted in American culture. Unfortunately, the conventional lawn has numerous drawbacks: it requires frequent mowing, irrigation and fertilizer application, and it is commonly treated with pesticides. These applications are largely void of wildlife and pollinators and do not nourish the soil.

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Managing Stormwater

Posted by Juliet Grable

Mar 16, 2015 1:00:48 PM

These eco-sensitive strategies help keep pollutants out of streams and lakes, replenish groundwater and green the built environment.

NATURAL LANDSCAPES naturally slow the movement of stormwater, and capture and filter some of it as it percolates back into the groundwater supply. But the built environment is dominated by impervious surfaces. Paved surfaces, roofs and building façades change the movement of water over the landscape and increase the volume, speed and temperature of the runoff. Rushing stormwater picks up pollutants, fertilizers and pesticides and can also cause flooding and erosion.

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Graywater Reuse

Posted by Juliet Grable

Mar 12, 2015 7:14:13 PM

Now that codes are finally getting friendlier, it’s time to start incorporating graywater recycling into landscape plans.

GRAYWATER IS USED household water that has not come into contact with toilet wastewater. It represents two-thirds of a typical household’s indoor water budget. Reusing graywater to irrigate landscaping keeps it onsite and conserves potable water, easing the burden on both water treatment and wastewater treatment plants. Unfortunately, state regulations have made legal use of graywater difficult, if not impossible—although that is changing.

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