7 Tips for Landscape Survival During Drought: "With water reserves at all-time lows, water rates reaching all-time highs, and severe water rationing on the horizon, representatives from the staff at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden compiled some quick tips for homeowners whose goal is to save water as well as their landscapes." Click on "7 Tips for Landscape Survival During Drought" in order to view the tips. These tips were published in 2014 but are still relevant now in 2022.
Watershed Approach to Landscape Design - "While conventional landscapes allow water to run off the property and often waste water, watershed-wise landscapes are designed to hold on to rainwater and reduce the demand for supplemental irrigation."
The Watershed Approach to Landscaping by Pamela Berstler for the California Native Plant Society, March 2018 - "We know that our individual landscapes play a critical role in the health of both the watershed we live in and the earth as a whole, yet we often don’t see how the simple practices of gardening in our front yards could possibly influence climate change! We’re too little and the problem is too big, right?
The watershed approach (WA) to landscaping allows us to change landscapes, which are often thought of as “ornamental,” into multi-benefit environmental solutions. But why the heck are we calling it “watershed” approach? It sounds so weird, and we’re used to “water wise.”
Right Plant for the Right Place from Bay Area STOPWASTE.org - "Appropriately selected plants require less water, have greater pest resistance, and look great."
Waterwise Landscaping from the city of Santa Barbara, California
Insights: Water and Drought Online Seminar Series brings relevant expertise on water and drought from around the UC system and beyond directly to interested communities.
California Major Reservoir Current Conditions and California Snow Survey and Snow Water Content- California Department of Water Resources
California Drought Monitor and Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI) - Check out the EDDI User Guide at the bottom of the link to better understand EDDI and the map.
The emergence of heat and humidity too severe for human tolerance - Science Advances, Colin Raymond et al., May 8, 2020. "Humans’ ability to efficiently shed heat has enabled us to range over every continent, but a wet-bulb temperature (TW) of 35°C marks our upper physiological limit, and much lower values have serious health and productivity impacts."