LADWP landscaping going ‘water wise’

– Following is a press release from the LADWP:

The Inyo-Mono Master Gardener Program and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power are partnering to implement a series of xeriscape garden beds at the LADWP Administrative Office on Mandich Street in Bishop.

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Over the next few months the Master Gardeners and LADWP will transform the landscaping around the building from water-intensive lawn and hedges to attractive and water-saving gardens featuring native drought-tolerant species.
 
“The partnership will serve as an example of cooperative efforts to protect the Owens Valley resources and give the local community a selection of water-wise landscape options for their own community properties,” said Inyo and Mono Counties Farmer Advisor Dustin Blakey in a letter to the LADWP. “The Master Gardeners will serve in an advisory role, researching and designing the garden beds, selecting species and planting locations, and presenting the design to the LADWP for approval.”
 
“We are very excited to be partnering with the local Master Gardeners to redo the landscaping around our Bishop Office building that reflects the LADWP’s emphasis of the wise use of water in the Owens Valley as well as in Los Angeles,” said LADWP Manager of Aqueduct Jim Yannotta. “We look forward to receiving and approving their plan so our employees can begin working on the new landscaping that will become a water-conserving show piece for the area.”
 
The Master Gardeners will use science-based information to develop the garden. LADWP staff will provide and plant all the trees, shrubs and plants called for in the plan. LADWP staff will adapt the existing irrigation system, as well as plant and maintain the new landscaping. Master Gardener and LADWP employee Bobbie Stryffeler will serve as the project chair, and secure the assistance of other Master Gardeners to help.

 

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5 Responses to LADWP landscaping going ‘water wise’

  1. Tim May 16, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Good LADWP!
    Change begins with your example.
    Put a sign out there where the lawn was that says “the lawn that we removed used 50 gallons of water per square foot per year” (desert stats, actual LA use 30 GPSF annual)
    Please also consider a cooperative effort with Caltrans to install a water education vista or safety rest at Owens Lake.
    And by the way,
    Thank You, it’s never too late to do the right thing!

     
  2. ferdinand lopez May 17, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    lawns and such in so.cal waste so much water its ridiculous,people need to find a smarter way to decorate their yards

     
  3. Philip Anaya May 17, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Thanks Tim .
    But are you absolutely correct???? Is it never ever going to be too late to do the right thing. I get the positive encouraging message that you are sending to the DWP but check yourself and understand that “too late” could occur this second year of the drought depending what/how the DWP does here in the Owens Valley. There is a Standing Committee Meeting that will be held on Monday May 20, 2013 at 1:00pm at the DWP headquarters in Los Angeles. There are some issues on that agenda that are available to the DWP to do the right thing. Sorry not to post the agenda link . You might call the Inyo County Water Dept Monday AM . You should see the process in person . Recommend it highly and know that public comment and participation is what they love to ignore even though it is also on the Agenda. Dig your posts, ideas and energy . It is appreciated by many

     
  4. Tim May 18, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    Philip,
    My credo; don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can. I have access to a high traffic piece of LA real estate where I will be putting up a sign that reads “A typical LA lawn uses 30 gallons of water per year per square foot”. You can find me on New Years Eve standing in front of The Tournament of Roses Headquarters where they have a 2-1/4 acre aprox. 98,010 square foot lawn that uses 2,940,300 gallons of water per year. I will be peaceably wearing a sign and speaking to people who walk by. You are welcome to join me and bring your brother Steve.

     
  5. Waxlips May 22, 2013 at 5:46 am #

    Metabolic Studios dancing with DWP.

     

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