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Turf Removal Programs: Council Data Request!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dear Council Members, 

The Council has been working to compose a 'Turf Removal Program: Lessons Learned' report. This report will share the challenges and joys of turf removal programs as well as strategies to help design and implement effective programming.

Please join your fellow water agencies in contributing to the on-going data collection by filling out this sheet to the best of your agency’s ability and sending it to
. Upon submission, in addition to a note conveying our heart-felt gratitude, you will receive a request for a 30-minute phone call during which time we will solicit your anecdotal program insights.

Thank you in advance for your valuable contributions! The report will be available to Council members upon completion.

Urban Soil Carbon Water Summit SCHOLARSHIPS!

Monday, January 26, 2015




The regular discount period has ended for Soil In The City.  But, the G3 Managing Member, Pamela Berstler,
has made a deal with some of the sponsors to extend some organization discounts to the end of the month (including the Council's).  Check out the registration page to grab the discount while you still can.

Pamela also is happy to announce that an Anonymous Donor is providing a limited number of ‘pay what you can’ scholarships to the event. If you would like to apply for one of these places (15 are available), please visit and fill in the application form.  Each application will be considered on it’s merits, and if your application is approved you will receive an email with a special COUPON for purchasing your ticket.

We’ve had many requests for these as the discount period ended, so don’t delay in making your application. NOW is the best time to do it.

Did you know that you can contribute comments, ideas, questions, and research to the conference? Get your ticket and we will send you a  link to upload your information for all of the conference speakers, sponsors, and attendees to see and share.

It’s the hottest event around, but it’s goal is to chill our cities with good practices and hope about reversing climate change.  Our speakers are stoked to be together with each other and with YOU! Check out 

EPA WaterSense H2Otel Recruitment Rally

Monday, January 26, 2015

EPA WaterSense is excited to continue the H2Otel Challenge through 2015! EPA launched the WaterSense H2Otel Challenge in February 2014 to encourage hotels to ACT: assess water use and savings opportunities, change products or processes to incorporate best management practices, and track their water-saving progress and achievements.

WaterSense needs help spreading the word about the H2Otel Challenge and is counting on our partners to encourage hotel customers in their service area to implement water efficiency best management practices. WaterSense is hosting a Recruiting Rally from February 1 to June 1, 2015 to incentivize this outreach. Any organization or individual can recruit hotels to sign up for WaterSense's H2Otel Challenge, but only WaterSense promotional partners are eligible to earn a top recruiter prize.

You can sign up now to recruit hotels and to access helpful recruitment materials on our partner website. To learn more, visit the H2Otel Challenge page!

Every Flush You Take

Friday, January 23, 2015
The rain is battering away at a conference room window in downtown San Francisco as Peter Yolles, the founder of WaterSmart, tells me how his company is making a business out of convincing people to consume less water.

After three years of a historically unprecedented drought in California, I had come up with what I thought would be a great idea for a tech story. Silicon Valley innovations are supposed to be all about changing the world and improving people’s lives, right? But what, I wanted to know, was it doing about one of the world’s biggest looming problems: the challenge of supplying enough clean, fresh water for a thirsty, thirsty world?

Read the full story here:

Building Sponge City: Redesigning LA For Long-Term Drought

Friday, January 23, 2015

For thousands of years, city planners have engineered water into submission — think aqueducts.

"That's really the core of modern water infrastructure," says David Sedlak, the author of Water 4.0. "It's the ancient idea that the Romans gave us. Collecting water somewhere on the outskirts of the city, sending it with gravity into the city, and then when we're done with it, we put it back underground in a sewer and send on its way."

Read the full story here:

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