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Water-Wise Landscapes for Every Style

CVV News | May 22, 2023

(Sacramento, CA)—It’s understandable that Californians are seeing the recent wet weather and are wondering what that means for California’s water supply. You may be asking, do I need to keep conserving water? What difference can I make in my yard? The truth is, our hotter, drier climate is having us rethink the way we consider our lawns. Here’s what you need to know and what you can do about it:

  1. Up to 60% of the water Californians use is outdoors, so transforming your yard is a huge water conservation win!
  2. Water-wise yards and gardens can be diverse, functional, and beautiful spaces– there are thousands of water-wise plants to choose from.
  3. These water-wise wonders are not only beautiful year-round, but also a great resource for birds, bees, and butterflies.
  4. A water-wise California native garden can reduce maintenance dramatically once it is established. Eliminating the need for mowing and fertilizing lawns, frequently using pesticides, and persistently watering thirsty plants leaves you with more time to enjoy your garden.
  5. If you’re replacing plants or trees, look for drought-resistant varieties. You’ll be saving 30-100 gallons each time you water.
  6. Installing a drip irrigation system can save you up to 15 gallons each time you water.
  7. Drip systems also mean there is no over spraying or water loss from the wind.
  8. Using mulch can save 20-30 gallons of water per 100 square feet each time you water.

Wondering how to get started? Check out these great resources:

  1. Visit California Native Plant Society’s Bloom California or Calscape to help you figure out which water-wise plants are suitable for your garden.
  2. Your local water agency is here to help! See if they offer rebates to help with the cost of putting in a new California landscape.
  3. Visit for more inspiration or learn more about local yard transformation rebate programs.

All of us working together can make a positive difference for California. By making water conservation a way of life, we can Save Our Water for generations to come.

For more tips on how to save water, visit

Felicia Roberts took an idea gathered a few people to reached into a minority community to highlight the positive, using a minority newspaper the Central Valley Voice. Roberts was joined by her sisters Carolyn Williams, Alleashia Thomas, niece Hermonie Lynn Williams, nephew Ron Williams, cousin Jerald Lester, Jay Slaffey, Greg Savage, Tim Daniels and the late J Denise Fontaine. Each individual played an important role in the birth of the newspapers. Since, then many have stood strong behind the success of the newspapers and its goal to fill a void in the Central Valley community. The Central Valley Voice published their 1st issue in November 1991. Its purposed was to highlight the achievements of minorities in the Central Valley. The Voice focuses on the accomplishments of African Americans and Hispanics giving young people role models while diminishing the stereotypical pictures of gangs, crime and violence that permeate the minority communities. Since 1991, the Central Valley Voice has provided an important voice for the minority community throughout the Madera, Merced. Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

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