Water banks have been operating for years now, but generally not known to anyone outside the water industry. Thanks to a recent withdrawal by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California of 80,000 acre-feet from their water savings account in Lake Mead last year and the announcement of another withdrawal soon, (estimated to be twice as large as the last one) many people are now learning about and discussing water banks. What is a water bank The term water banking describes... MORE >
Richard Restuccia is a water management evangelist. He believes passionately in water efficiency and sees the financial and social benefits far too often to keep a secret. As the Director for Water Management Solutions at ValleyCrest, Richard is our spokesperson at industry events and on the Hill to provide direction and insight on landscape water management best practices. Richard puts his words into action through service on various boards and committees. Currently he serves on the Irrigation Association’s Board of Directors. As a board member, Richard serves in a variety of capacities, including government/public affairs. He is the liaison between the board and its marketing committee on the best ways to promote water efficiency and educate industry professionals on new technologies, products and services. Richard is also a regular contributor to Lawn & Landscape Magazine.
With over 15 years of focus on landscape water management solutions, Richard has experience on both the supplier and maintenance sides of the business. He has a great interest in the supply of clean water for people in developing countries and as an outdoorsman, spends his free time running, swimming and surfing. Richard has a Masters of Science in Agribusiness Management from Arizona State University.
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California Governor Jerry Brown’s recent State of Emergency Proclamation on drought conditions has focused attention on water scarcity and the need for efficient water use. Texas is also experiencing severe drought conditions. Colorado, Nevada, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida have all felt the effects of drought recent years as well. The good news in all this bad drought news is there are still lots of basic, inexpensive ways to save outdoor irrigation water. A decrease of outdoor water use by just... MORE >
The ridiculously resistant high Many scientists believe the California drought is being caused by a huge high pressure zone off the coast of California. The zone of high pressure is 4 miles high and 2000 miles long. The jet stream that would normally drop down into California this time of year has bumped off this high pressure ridge and been diverted to Alaska, British Columbia and the East Coast. This high pressure ridge has been around for over a year. ... MORE >
Amid California’s driest year on record, Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday officially declared a drought emergency in the state. He asked all Californians to reduce at least 20% of their water use. He also explained at this point all the conservation efforts would be voluntary. However, it’s really up to local cities and local water agencies to decide what measures to take to battle the drought. Some might decide to ban outdoor watering all together, some might allow it certain... MORE >
Did you miss the run up in Twitter stock this year? I know I did. Twitter share price rose 42% from the time it was offered for trading on November 7th to the end of the year. Twitter offers a great service, with revenue over $300 million, but has yet to turn a profit. Time will tell if the run up is justified or not. For those of us a little more conservative and conservation minded, let’s take a look... MORE >
Dear Mr. Claus; I hope this letter finds you, Mrs. Claus, the elf’s and Reindeer all well. I trust you are all preparing for a busy season crafting toys, working on travel logistics and making wishes come true. (And I thought I had a tough job). I was a little reluctant to write this letter because I have reviewed a few of the extensive and detailed list of demands from some of the 8 year olds in my neighborhood. But... MORE >
The power of smart controllers comes from using the “smart” features as a tool to manage water. I remember the first time I looked at an Excel spreadsheet I asked a colleague what is all the fuss about? It just looks like a sheet of graph paper to me. I couldn’t believe there wasn’t some type of template already embedded so I could easily manipulate data. As I learned more about Excel I started to better comprehend the power. Understanding... MORE >
Mary Ann Dickinson is the founder of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, an organization working to promoting the efficient, sustainable use of water in the U.S. and Canada. The Alliance works with water utilities, water conservation professionals in business and industry, planners, regulators, and consumers to promote the water efficiency message. She has been active in water for many years. In 1989 she was Deputy Director for Public and Governmental Affairs at the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority. A... MORE >