Tag: drip irrigation

Drip irrigation, is an irrigation method that saves water and fertilizer by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either onto the soil surface or directly onto the root zone, through a network of valves, pipes, tubing, and emitters.

Reader Profile: Wayne Davis

Reader Profile: Wayne Davis

The nation’s obsession with having a pristine lawn comes at a high cost, notes Wayne Davis, president of Sprinkler Brothers, a Texas-based irrigation company. The average sprinkler system is detrimental to nature, Davis contends. “According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program, if every US home installed a smart, water-efficient

Responding to Water Demand

The term “demand management” is more commonly associated with the electricity industry than the world of water, but Matt Dickens, resource conservation manager for Valencia Water Company (VWC) in California, understands the correlation and recognizes that many of the principles of demand response can be applied to water management as well.

Love and Haight

Love and Haight

This article presents a case study of the first green infrastructure (GI) Early Implementation Project (EIP), constructed under the Sewer ­System Improvement Program (SSIP) by the San Francisco Public Utilities ­Commission (SFPUC). The SSIP is a 20-year, multibillion-dollar citywide investment required to upgrade the aging sewer infrastructure to ensure a

Optimizing Irrigation

Optimizing Irrigation

Commercial growers, property managers, and landscapers can attest to how sophisticated and beneficial irrigation monitoring has become in terms of optimizing water consumption and plant growth, and maximizing operational profitability. Two examples from California—where much of the nation’s food supply is produced but where water availability remains a critical public

Optimizing Irrigation

Optimizing Irrigation

Commercial growers, property managers, and landscapers can attest to how sophisticated and beneficial irrigation monitoring has become in terms of optimizing water consumption and plant growth, and maximizing operational profitability. Two examples from California—where much of the nation’s food supply is produced but where water availability remains a critical public

Paving Stormwater Away

Paving Stormwater Away

One way to grow any type of business is to offer another service. One way for erosion control specialists to find additional services to offer is to look at the work of civil engineers, landscape architects, and other specialists who manage stormwater.

Stormwater runoff causes, or at least accelerates, erosion. Stopping

Green Roofs: A Primer

Green Roofs: A Primer

With their myriad benefits, green roofs are becoming increasingly incorporated into new and existing projects. The International Green Roofs and Walls Project Database lists 1,599 projects totaling 33,334,677 square feet, and the number is growing.

Planning Ahead in Austin

Planning Ahead in Austin

Austin, TX, has some of the most innovative stormwater management projects that feature green infrastructure. Some of these projects are municipal, some are private, and some resulted from combined partnerships.

SITES Program Certifies 12 Sustainable Landscapes

AUSTIN, Texas, March 31, 2015 — The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) program has certified sustainable landscapes at a dozen new locations across the country for meeting rigorous standards for environmental design and performance. These 12 landscapes include George Washington’s historic Maryland home, a pocket park in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood,

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