Sustainable Landscape Demonstration Program
To better integrate and communicate the need for low-impact, sustainable outdoor landscaping, Upper District’s Sustainable Landscape Demonstration Project (SLDP) has converted high-water-need landscaping at five public spaces to drought tolerant, low-impact gardens. These projects are located in the cities of:
- Arcadia (corner of Huntington Drive & Second Street)
- Covina City Hall
- Duarte (City of Hope campus on Buena Vista Street)
- South El Monte (1707 N. Merced Avenue)
- Temple City Hall
These five sites were selected with the intent of reducing the sites’ water footprint by installing high-efficiency irrigation equipment and water efficient plants. Sites were constructed in visible and accessible public locations to provide a focus point for the community and a demonstration of sustainable landscaping. These projects also demonstrate the benefits of on-site storm water retention and capture.
Locating sustainable gardens in easily accessible public locations plays a key role in raising awareness and educating the public about water efficient landscaping. Selection of participating sites was based on factors such as: public visibility, potential water savings, feasibility of converting the landscape, construction restrictions, as well as the site owner and local retail water provider’s commitment to participate. SLDP is in keeping with the State’s long-term framework for conservation and drought planning which outlines implementation of the Governor’s Executive Order B-37-16 for Making Conservation a California Way of Life. This program is also aligned with Upper District’s efforts to meet the California Water Efficiency Partnership (CEWP) Best Management Practices (BMPs). The new landscape designs followed the recommended guidelines of AB 1881, the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance.