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Conservation is Critical to Extending Water Supplies During Drought

February 5, 2014
On January 17, 2014 California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency caused by drought, and asked all Californians to reduce their water use by 20%.  The County of Santa Barbara joined the State, declaring a drought emergency the following week, echoing the Governor’s call for a 20% reduction in water use. Here at the Goleta Water District, we are taking the current drought conditions… Read more

Prudent Supply Planning for a Dry Day

January 20, 2014
California is known for its cycles of drought and Santa Barbara County is no exception.  Lake Cachuma, the primary source of water in the region, spilled as recently as 2011 while, just two years later, 2013 was one of the driest years on record across the state.  Accordingly, on Friday, January 17, 2014 California Governor Brown issued a state Drought Declaration followed shortly after the County… Read more

Edible Garden

September 17, 2013
The Edible Garden is the newest section of the District Demonstration Gardens. It features a variety of innovative attributes including water-wise edible plants and trees, sustainable drainage and rain catchment systems, a Hugelkultur (pronounced “hoogal-culture”) bed, and other permaculture principles. The goal of the garden is to model water-efficient edible landscaping ideas that can be implemented… Read more