Monday, May 29, 2023

Drought Preparedness Campaign Asks Mendocino County Residents to Minimize Outdoor Water Use


The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District Drought Preparedness Campaign:

The desiccated lake bed of Lake Mendocino [Picture from Governor Gavin Newsom’s Twitter page]

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

For week 8 of the 2021 Drought Preparedness Campaign, we ask that you focus on water conservation on your landscape. Outdoor water use accounts for over 50% of summer consumption at most residences. By focusing on keeping your trees and shrubs alive, and not thriving, we can make a difference in our communities during this drought. Work with your landscape contractor to adjust the irrigation schedule so your valuable trees and shrubs can survive but not thrive through this drought.

“Survive not Thrive”

Strategies to keep your trees and shrubs alive:

  • Spread mulch around the base of each plant
  • Water before or after sunset to minimize evaporation
  • Use drip emitters or hand watering instead of sprinklers
  • Use bucket water from shower or basin water from kitchen sink.*
  • *Note that bleach, meat, and dairy should not be present in the sink water used on plants.

Let your lawn go brown.

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Do not water the lawn this year. Most turf lawns will turn brown during the summer, but will revitalize when fall and winter rains arrive. The water saved can be used to keep trees and shrubs alive.

Water conservation is serious.

Take it personally.

Take action now.

These weekly messages are geared to be simple to practice by each of us. Please share this with your family, friends, neighbors, landscape contractors, and customers to make water conservation a daily part of our lives. Water conservation is more important than ever this year. 

For more information about the drought and water conservation, visit:

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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