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Bamboo and More
Late summer at the UC Davis Arboretum Valley-Wise Garden

Late summer at the UC Davis Arboretum Valley-Wise Garden

This morning I went to a presentation at the Ruth Risdon Storer Valley-Wise Garden at the UC Davis Arboretum. I learned that the garden was started in the early 1980s as a demonstration garden to showcase plants that would thrive in our Mediterranean climate. The garden is watered only...

Bamboo and More
Pictures from a long, hot summer

Pictures from a long, hot summer

I posted this screenshot from Weather Underground on Succulents and More’s Facebook page the other day:

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For a number of days now we’ve had temperatures above 100°F (38°F) and a few about 104°F (40°F). Yes, it’s a dry heat, but heat...

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Sierra FoodWineArt Magazine
Water-wise landscaping in the Sierra Foothills

Water-wise landscaping in the Sierra Foothills

AN ABUNDANCE OF LAKES, RIVERS, streams and ponds have defined our region’s geography and culture for generations. This also is reflected in the landscaping and design around our homes and businesses: lush lawns, water features, water-loving trees and shrubs. But a prolonged drought is forcing us to rethink our commercial and residential landscapes, often the...

East Sacramento Preservation
Let’s Keep the Bluebird of Happiness

Let’s Keep the Bluebird of Happiness

Cavity-nesting birds in East Portal Park The drought has killed several trees in East Portal Park and I now see that many of them have been marked with an orange ring, presumably so that they can be taken down. While … Continue reading

AccessLocal.TV
Upcoming Workshop For Growing More Trees with Less Water

May 26, 2015
Upcoming Workshop For Growing More Trees with Less Water

Sacramento isn’t called the City of Trees for nothing. But those trees use a lot of water, and with California experiencing a record drought, everyone can do their part by cutting water usage. Though agriculture is the biggest culprit for water consumption in the state, residential uses like swimming pools, green lawns, and trees...

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Placer County Online
Roseville Details Water Saving Rules

Continued drought conditions means a 28 percent water-use reduction goal ROSEVILLE – Today the City of Roseville announced additional water-use restrictions for Roseville water customers in light of Governor Brown’s Executive Order and the May 6 State Water Resources Control Board’s drought emergency action requiring increased statewide water-use reductions. To meet the 25 percent...

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FOX40
Elverta Water District Discusses Cutbacks

May 15, 2015
Elverta Water District Discusses Cutbacks

ELVERTA — Frustration spilling out, well, like water running out of a faucet at yet another meeting about how conservation in the Sacramento Valley — this one specifically about how to dry up 36 percent of what’s currently being used in Rio Linda. “What you guys are facing right now, you’re gonna be charging more for...

The Blue Muse
Flowers in a drought

May 14, 2015
Flowers in a drought

Despite the blessedly beautiful storm clouds covering my neighborhood right now, California is in a terribly, ugly, awful, persistent drought. Thinking about the lack of water and related consequences gives me heartburn at night, and we've made extra e...

FOX40
Regulators: California Fell Far Short of Water-Saving Target

May 5, 2015
Regulators: California Fell Far Short of Water-Saving Target

SACRAMENTO (AP) — State water regulators say Californians conserved little water in March and local officials were not aggressive in cracking down on waste. The update was presented Tuesday to the State Water Resources Control Board as it considers sweeping restrictions to protect water supplies in the drought. A survey of local water departments...

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California Political News and Views
Tiered Water Ruling — Water Agencies Shouldn’t Make a Profit Off Homeowners

Last week the California Court of Appeal issued an important ruling interpreting Proposition 218, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association sponsored initiative approved by voters in 1996. Proposition 218 is entitled “The Taxpayers Right to Vote Act” for a very good reason. It reflects the policy that those who pay the bills for public expenditures...

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