TAG: water

Keeping water on budget

April 14, 2015By
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With water budgets, contractors can demonstrate and document good water stewardship. When it comes to sustainability, few people are under more pressure than irrigation contractors. With droughts drying up entire regions throughout the U.S., municipalities are mandating that property owners significantly reduce their water usage—or even stop irrigating their landscapes altogether. Coming up with those savings often falls on contractors’... read more

UF/IFAS study discusses water reuse for landscapes

February 19, 2013By
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In a university news release authored by Mickie Anderson, the results of a new University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences water survey suggest Floridians are more concerned with water quality than quantity. The survey of some 469 Floridians found that when respondents were asked to assign levels of importance to 16 water-related topics such... read more

USDA studies confirm plant water demands shift with availability

February 4, 2013By

By Ann Perry WASHINGTON—Plants can adapt to extreme shifts in water availability, such as drought and flooding, but their ability to withstand these extreme patterns will be tested by future climate change, according to a study by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their cooperators. The study was published in Nature by a team of Agricultural Research Service (ARS)... read more

EPA WaterSense program hosts photo contest

November 30, 2012By
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WASHINGTON—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program is showcasing just how beautiful, efficient, and diverse low water-using landscapes can be. Enter WaterSense’s Water-Smart Landscape Photo Contest by submitting your photo(s) today. Participation is easy and open to the public, including homeowners, landscape designers and irrigation professionals. Multiple submissions are welcome, and photos can depict landscapes from any time of the year... read more

Two films take top honors at 2012 Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition

October 18, 2012By

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.—On Oct. 18, the 2012 Intelligent Use of Water Film Competition, now in its fifth year of showcasing original short films that focus on the need for responsible water use, named two short films and their filmmakers as the winners of the 2012 competition. Following a final screening event at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills,... read more

Drought vs. urban landscaping: Does a landscaper have a chance?

October 10, 2012By

By Byron B. Beall Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a natural disaster declaration with the news that close to 1,000 counties, touching 26 states, were in some form of drought condition. This was recently followed up with a forecast from the U.S. Department of Commerce that the Seasonal Drought Outlook through the rest of the year... read more