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by Elena Freeman

We’ve witnessed some big rains this week. Have you thought about all that rain water and where it ends up? After the ground is saturated, most of the water runs off —where does it go? Depending on local topography, the water concentrates in a creek, then in a lake, river, bay, or the ocean. The local area that feeds to one creek or catchment area is a watershed. Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. Everyone lives in a watershed—do you know which one you live in?

You can find your watershed and learn more about it at the Marin County Public Works website. This website has detailed maps and descriptions of our local watersheds. There is a wealth of information on watershed history and watershed science. Visit the site at www.marinwatersheds.org.

When it rains heavily, as it has this week, you may be concerned about potential flooding if you live near a creek. Visit this link for real time rainfall amounts for local watersheds: marin.onerain.com/home.php. The Marin County Sheriff’s office has current emergency information including links to traffic and weather related sites at www.marinsheriff.org/about.aspx?gi_id=45.

After the rain clears and you feel like going for a walk outside to stretch your legs and breathe in the clean-washed air, visit www.mcstoppp.org/map.htm to find an interactive map showing where you can get out into nature in your area, with lists and descriptions of local parks and open spaces.

Stay dry, drive safely and have a great weekend.

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by Elena Freeman

The Bay-Friendly Principles

Do you know of any residential gardens in the MMWD service area to participate in the Bay-Friendly Garden Registration program? Plant enthusiasts, wildlife gardeners, urban food growers and other sustainable gardeners are encouraged to apply. Bay-Friendly gardeners can make a real difference by inspiring others to use environmentally friendly practices and by providing neighborhood models of what Bay-Friendly gardens can offer.

Selected gardens also may be included in the 2010 Eco Garden Tour on Saturday, May 15. If you’re interested in being on the tour, please submit a Bay-Friendly Garden application no later than February 10, 2010. 

For more information and to download an application form, visit our website or contact Elena Freeman at (415) 945-1164 or efreeman@marinwater.org.

Registered Bay-Friendly gardeners will receive a colorful, aluminum garden sign (100% post-consumer) to show their commitment to protecting the environment, as well as a copy of Bay-Friendly Gardening: From Your Backyard to the Bay.

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by Elena Freeman

There is no rain in the forecast for this week, but with cooler, shorter days your plants need less water. Take a walk through your garden and check to see how your plants are doing, and carefully dig with a trowel to check the soil moisture. Especially for shady areas, you may not need to irrigate at all this week.

MMWD Landscape Rebates Ending
Because of reduced revenues this fiscal year, MMWD is forced to reduce funding for rebates for landscape materials and equipment.

Residential Landscape and Smart Irrigation Controller rebates ended October 22, 2009. Materials must have been purchased by October 22, 2009. Rebate applications must be postmarked by January 22, 2010.

Commercial Landscape rebates ended October 22, 2009. No new commercial landscape rebate applications will be accepted.

MMWD does not expect to have new funding for these programs until the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2010. Please check the MMWD website for updates around that time.

The budget cuts come in response to an unprecedented decrease in water sales. The good news is that by using less water our customers are helping to preserve our precious supply; the bad news is that reduced water sales impact funding for our operations. We are exploring ways to reduce expenses while continuing to provide necessary services. And despite the challenges, we remain committed to helping you save water! For information on our current programs, please visit our Conservation page.

“Go Native” this Weekend
Join us for a FREE, hands-on workshop at the Marin Art & Garden Center. “Go Native – Planting for Pollinators” will take place tomorrow, October 24, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Learn to attract birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects to your garden by including California native plants that provide food, shelter, and nesting places for wildlife. To register, please call 945-1512 and leave your email address.

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