Solano Land Trust Using DriWater

We utlized DriWater at Lynch Canyon this year and it saved our new trees! DriWater is a time released irrigation solution that saves time, water and money. Here is a photo of some local Girl Scouts being amused by the DriWater gel.

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Brown is the New Green

Water-wise landscaping in the North Bay.

Brown Joe Paternoster May2015Several years ago, driving by a brown, dried-up lawn in a residential neighborhood’s sea of green would have produced raised eyebrows and an air of indignation at the audacity of “bringing down the neighborhood.” Now, with California entering its fourth year of drought, that same resentful attitude is reserved for the lush green lawns with sprinklers spewing water (that tends to gush down sidewalks and streets). In many areas, the traditional sea of green has been replaced by a rainbow of native plants, artistically clustered together amid innovative walkways and hardscapes. While brown isn’t really the new green (nobody wants to look at a dead lawn), the once-ubiquitous green lawn has nevertheless been replaced by water efficient, climate appropriate, and native species landscaping as the go-to choice by landscapers homeowners, and commercial properties alike…

Read the full article at Northbay Biz.

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Canopy receives prestigious Water Conservation Award using DriWater

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Canopy – A non-profit organization that promotes tree planting and care in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto and neighboring communities, Canopy selects drought-tolerant species that require no irrigation after a three-year establishment period. Their East Palo Alto Tree Initiative planted 1,000 trees in East Palo Alto, adding 20% to the City’s street tree urban forest. Their “Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids!” initiative planted 1,000 trees at local schools over the past three years. Canopy engages more than 1,500 volunteers each year, stressing water conservation at all stages of urban forestry: landscape design, species selection, irrigation choices and tree care. Their programs ensure that urban trees continue to provide water-related benefits, such as saving water as their shade slows evaporation from landscaped areas, diffusing rainfall, reducing runoff, recharging groundwater and preventing harmful herbicides and fertilizers from entering waterways. A recent Canopy innovation includes using DriWater gel that delivers water to young trees at one-tenth the amount supplied by conventional irrigation. Canopy also successfully advocated for improving recycled water quality from the local wastewater treatment facility to reduce salinity to levels suitable for the irrigation of most landscape trees.

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FWS Planting: Elkhorn Slough, Watsonville, CA

These are photos from a project at Elkhorn Slough, Watsonville, CA.  DriWater worked with Fish and Wildlife Service to add DriWater to oak trees planted a week earlier.  The FSW is seeing a bigger need for DriWater due to the California drought.

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Upper Sand Creek Basin: Giving the Natives a Chance

photo-1The Contra Costa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District and the Friends of Marsh Creek Watershed need your help to bring the native plants home to the Upper Sand Creek Basin. Join us on March 8th from 9:00 to 12:00 to plant native trees and shrubs. The ribbon cutting ceremony beings at 10:00 and will be attended by Contra Costa County Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho, and representatives from the cities of Antioch, Oakley, and Brentwood.

The festivities will include:

  • The placement of a time capsule to commemorate the completion of the basin,
  • Tours to familiarize members of the community with the features of the basin,
  • The planting of native plants in the basin.

With community help we will enhance the natural setting of the 10 acres of restored wetlands with plants that were gathered from the site prior to construction and propagated in the District’s Volunteer Restoration Nursery. Over the past two years district volunteers have salvaged seed and plant materials from the project site for this nursery effort.

These species include valley oak, blue oak, California sagebrush, California rose, California mugwort, elderberry, willow, California buckeye, and cottonwood. There are over 400 native plants ready to go back to their home. In addition to the plants, thousands of acorns and California buckeye seeds have been collected and are ready to be planted. Community members are invited to join us and help return these native plants to their home.

The District is committed to providing community flood protection facilities while protecting environmental resources. We look forward to joining with the community in this important restoration effort.

 

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The DRiWATER Garden

Joe, owner of DRiWATER, is watering the DRiWATER garden for only the 4th time this year! People normally water a garden every day or so. Can you believe how much water we saved while being able to donate over 1,500 pounds of produce to local food banks.

August 28th 4th watering of summer

The DriWater Garden

Did you know that DriWater is the perfect choice for watering your vegetable garden? Each year the DriWater garden produces 3,000 to 5,000 pounds of vegetables that are donated to our
local food mission.

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