WATER USE EFFICIENCY

Concerns about fresh and recycled water supplies as well as regional watering restrictions have led increasing numbers of Ventura County residents to take steps to maintain more water-efficient landscaping.

Selecting plants that are native to Southern California and therefore accustomed to local annual rainfall cycles creates a beautiful and healthy ecosystem while helping to address water supply issues.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY GARDENING TIPS:

CHOOSE plants according to climate and local conditions.

CONSERVE water and other resources.

FEATURE native and Mediterranean plants.

PROVIDE wildlife habitat.

PROTECT the soil, which is the foundation for a healthy watershed.

REUSE plant trimmings through mulching and composting.

USE natural pest control methods and organic fertilizers or compost. If pesticides and fertilizer must be used, read and follow instruction labels carefully to avoid the release of excess chemicals into the watershed.

EDUCATION

United Water Conservation District believes in the importance of education as a component of our overall mission to manage, protect, conserve, and enhance the region’s water supply. Throughout the year, United hosts tours of its facilities and also welcomes the opportunity to speak to community organizations, special interests groups, and students/classes. Educating and engaging with the community to inform them of the important work we do is a top priority.

To schedule a tour of United’s facilities, to invite one of United’s many experts to speak to your group or class, or to inquire about water conservation educational materials please fill out the form below.

United Water Conservation District’s staff represents our best in class commitment and culture. We combine the latest science with over 90 years of historical groundwater data to develop the innovative solutions required for successful water management today. Biologists, hydrogeologists and hydrologists leverage their knowledge along with our experienced staff to build engaging, informative presentations for tour participants of all ages, sharing their passion for water management and wildlife of the Santa Clara River watershed and neighboring environment. Tour participants are encouraged to learn how United Water Conservation District manages, protects, conserves and enhances the region’s water supply and the projects being developed to support water sustainability throughout Ventura County.

Contact:

Kris Sofley, Executive Administrative Coordinator
Phone: (805) 525-4431 | Fax: (805) 525-2661
Address: United Water Conservation District
1701 North Lombard Street Suite 200, Oxnard, CA 93030

For more information on the water recharge cycle please visit this USGS page.

We also realize that local educators and children may want to learn more about the water cycle, water conservation and habitat conservation as it applies to our area. We have compiled a short list of links to help with that.

EDUCATORS

The National Association of Conservation Districts offers free water education materials, activities handouts and more.

The National Groundwater Association offers free puzzles and games for grades K-8.

Print out this fun placemat and learn about the water cycle.

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