After the Lawn Part 8: Rain gardens

Posted on | April 14, 2015 | No Comments

As drought measures target garden irrigation, Southern California homes can replace lost water by landscaping in a way that harvests local rain. Click on the image to be taken to Part Eight of the KCET Series "After the Lawn."

As drought measures target garden irrigation, Southern California homes can replace lost water by landscaping in a way that harvests local rain. Click on the image to be taken to Part Eight of the KCET Series “After the Lawn.”

After the Lawn Part 7: Parkway Potential

Posted on | April 8, 2015 | No Comments

Placeholder ParkwayParkways are the last stop to catch rainfall from draining off a property and the first place that it could be imported from the street. Municipal protocols for what we can and should be doing on this front line of local water conservation are changing. What should someone in the middle of a rebate job do? Opt for a placeholder design (sample above) that is presentable and functional, but anticipate evolution into full-on rain garden (sample below). For more about the changing state of parkway regulations, go to Part 7 of the KCET series “After the Lawn.” Future Parkway

Whose water is it, anyway? Water rights 101

Posted on | April 7, 2015 | No Comments

South Delta farmer Rudy Mussi stands in front of his alfalfa field to demonstrate why California's oldest water rights holders should not have to meter long-traditional flood irrigation.

Who has the rights to the state’s water, in what order, for what, in what quantity, and under what terms, is an evolving construct. The above photo captures South Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta farmer Rudy Mussi in front of his Roberts Island alfalfa field, where he posed to demonstrate why California’s oldest water rights holders should not have to meter traditional flood irrigation. He and fellow Delta farmers with long-held claims on the state’s water say their rights preempt those of 19 million Southern Californians also dependent on the Delta. To learn more about the California’s rapidly changing water law system, click on the image to be taken to KCET’s Bay Delta Project. Photo: Emily Green/KCET

 

After the Lawn Part 6: Draw first, dig later

Posted on | March 24, 2015 | No Comments

The best rebate gardens start on a drawing board, then are installed in do-able increments in the landscape. Click on the image to see how a succession garden may be started for no more than the regional Metropolitan Water District minimum rebate of $2/square foot.

The best rebate gardens start on a drawing board, then are installed in do-able increments. Click on the image to be taken to Part 6 of the KCET series “After the Lawn.” This week it demonstrates how to plan a succession garden with a first stage that costs no more than the regional Metropolitan Water District minimum rebate of $2/square foot.

The Assignment? “Explain the Delta”

Posted on | March 17, 2015 | No Comments

When KCET came to me with a project funded by the Rose Foundation to "explain the Delta" to Southern Californian's, the easiest explanation was, "You're drinking it." The first in a multi-part new series for KCET shows how California set out to spread water from places that had it to places that didn't. This 1930 map from the California State Water Plan shows how engineers were eyeing Delta water for the San Joaquin Valley in the run-up to the construction of the federal aqueduct system known as the Central Valley Project.

When KCET came to me with a project funded by the Rose Foundation to “explain the Delta” to Southern Californians, the easiest response was, “You’re drinking it.” The first in a multi-part new series for KCET shows how the Delta became ground zero for a plan by California and the federal Bureau of Reclamation to spread water from places that had it to places that didn’t. Click on this 1930 map from the California State Water Plan to be taken to Part One of the KCET Bay Delta Project.

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