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Using a variety of dynamic presentation tools we help clarify water issues and increase awareness of water problems. Whether you are a water provider, non-profit organization, an environmental group, a community group, a student group, a small business or a corporation, we customize our material to make sure our audience is getting the most relevant and useful information. 

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Paula Henson

paula_hensonI am a Los Angeles native, an educator and water conservation advocate with a background in landscape design. I have been providing classes all over southern California for adults about landscape water conservation, and have over 10 years of experience teaching 3 to 5 year-olds. Previously I facilitated courses in several major U.S. cities in Film Production for AFI (American Film Institute) Public Service programs.

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URBAN WATER GROUP

I have joined forces with an amazing group of people in order to bring storm water management and rainwater harvesting to L.A.! We have formed: Urban Water Group. Please check out our new website for more info.

THE MAGIC NUMBER

When it gets to be August and September, many southern Californians think of the “magic number” as how many games the Dodgers need to win to earn a spot in the playoffs. But to our now drought addled minds it might mean something else: How many precious gallons of water do your plants need?

Do you know exactly how much water your garden needs? Don’t worry, very few people do. The answer, of course, is: it depends. It depends on what kind of plants you have and what kind of soil you have. But assuming you know those things, do you know the water need of your garden?

Plant need. It’s not our usual approach. The old methodology (plant looks bad=add water) relies on nothing more than our climatic knee-jerk reaction. Nothing scientific there. California’s gardening hobby has actually led to an embarrassingly large waste of water. If only more of us were taking advantage of some available resources…

If you have an irrigation controller Metropolitan Water District’s www.bewaterwise.com has a “calculator” which provides a ballpark irrigation schedule. Start with that. You can dig deeper. Find out your soil type, your area ETo, your plant’s ET rates, your irrigation nozzles’ “precip” rate. Sound like too much? No wonder you rely on those factory settings*.

 

*Factory settings are WAAAYYY too much water: 10 minutes per station per day…maybe they should change the factory settings?!

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF SOILS

Yes, it’s officially time to celebrate soil! Attend the Soil in the City summit (www.urbansoil.org) in L.A. this February!

RECYCLED WATER FOR NON-POTABLE USE IN CALIF.

From the Nov 2014 issue of Opflow the magazine from AWWA: Firefighters in Dublin, CA and the Alameda County Fire Dept. are using recycled water during training and for controlling small fires.
Also, so far this year 9.5 mil gallons of recycled water has been used for construction, dust control and irrigation in Alameda County.
Residents can also sign up for up to 300 gal of recycled water per visit to the district’s treatment plant. Since mid-June 2014, they’ve used more than 1.5 mil gallons!

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