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We’ve Got to Talk about this! – Greywater!

Water News, Water Workshops

The Good: The Carmel River is running freely again for first time in 95 years after the San Clement Dam was removed this week, opening up the river for spawning Steelhead. And restoring California’s meadows could help combat climate change and increase the water supply.
The Bad: All the recent recent storms and snow in the Sierra’s have had no effect on California’s long-term water supply deficit, according to the US Drought Monitor. The drought is still extreme! And as California’s wait for rain, salmon struggle for survival in the warm and shallow rivers.

And the Ugly
: Happy (belated) World Toilet Day!  Some are calling this toilet “grossly awesome” due to it’s poop eating worms, others think it’s just plain awesome. What about you?

Upcoming Workshops

Los Angeles Area

  • Free workshops sponsored by California American Water!
    • LA County (Rosemead Community Center)
      • 1) Introduction to Greywater. November 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. More info here
      • 2) Laundry-to-Landscape Design & Installation Workshop, December 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. More info here
    • Ventura County (In Thousand Oaks)
      • 1) Introduction to Greywater: Drought-Proof Your Landscape. December 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. More info here
      • 2) Laundry-to-Landscape Design & Installation Workshop. December 15 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. More info here
  • The Low Down on Pee and Poo: Composting toilets and urine reuse at the Los Angeles EcoVillage (117 Bimini Place LA, 9004) December 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Cost: $5 – $15 More info here
  • Save Your Water! (LA Natural History Museum). Learn about rainwater capture and greywater reuse, plus help build a greywater system at the museum. More info here
  • 3 day greywater class in Malibu. January 11th-13th. Hosted by COWA. More info here

On-line classes
Last two webinars of the 2015 series. More info and registration here

  • 12/2 Gravity-Flow, Branched Drain Systems and Greywater Irrigation in Arid Climates
  • 12/16 Southern CA Fruit Trees 101- How to Irrigate Your Home Orchard with Greywater

SF Bay Area

  • (Fairfax) Hands-on greywater workshop. December 5 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. More info and registration link here
  • (Oakland) Hands-on greywater install workshop. 10th January 2016 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. More info and registration link here.
  • (Oakland Tool Lending Library) Laundry to Landscape workshop. January 16th, 1-3:30pm.  Free workshop.

Easy to Grow Native Plants

Learn more about ‘Easy to Grow Native Plants’ at this class taught by Nancy McClenny, students can learn about native plants — including trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals — that are easy to grow in home gardens.

June 6-18, 7-9 p.m.  It’s a Free class.

Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St., Mountain View.

Mt. Sutro and a Foggy Escape

Hiking in Mount Sutro Forest is a different experience than almost anywhere else in San Francisco. It’s heavily shaded under the tall trees. Looking up at the trees, some of which are 100-200 feet high, really gives a sense of being in an old, wonderful place. On a foggy day, it may be the most beautiful place in all the city. The mist wraps the tops of the trees towering overhead while you walk through the trails of a fresh wet forest in its self-contained rain. On weekdays, there  are usually few people around, so there’s a sense of splendid isolation amid towering misty trees.

   Hiking Details and Map.

How to get there:  From eastbound on Lincoln Way: Continue onto Frederick Street, Right Turn onto Stanyan Street, Park near 17th

Stanyan at 17th St.
San Francisco, California 94117

Pacific Nurseries – Open to the Trade

Pacific Nurseries!  This place is a great resource for plants that thrive in the SF Bay Area. They have a knowledgeable staff, a HUGE selection, they research an order things they don’t have.  Just talking a walk around their extensive gardens is wonderful.

They will select and box up phone orders into will-call — this is a HUGE time savings.


It’s easy to find – the main entrance at 2499 Hillside Boulevard, Colma CA.
They are on the right hand side across from Holy Cross Cemetery.

Pacific Nurseries has offered plants, service and satisfaction since 1869

You LOVE Trees! So bike through Niagra Falls and show it!

The STIHL Tour des Trees, America’s largest fundraising event for tree research, THIS IS a very cool 7 day cycling event. Each cyclist volunteers a week of their time to ride 600 miles for trees. AND of course this makes sense, because who supplies us with our oxygen to cycle that far? It’s the trees we love.

Each year, the event travels through a different part of the country. Last year, it traveled through Oregon and this year it will travel from Niagara Falls through upstate New York to Toronto. Take a look at the route, you’ll be inspired.

More than 100 cyclists of all ages from around the world and across the country participate each year in the STIHL Tour des Trees, which has raised more than $6 million for the TREE Fund since its inception.

So if you have planted trees in Palo Alto with Canopy, a great organization BTW, and you want to get more involved, this event is just for you.

Volunteer at Canopy

green corporate We all love trees and they can use our help. This organization is a great place to volunteer – they have a calendar full of fun things to do and ways to get involved.

Check it out!

This event looks especially wonderful:

Palo Alto Arbor Day Festival

Where: Mitchell Park Bowl, Palo Alto 
Date: March 16, 2013
Time: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Details: A festival for the trees: includes tree walks, art, food, and fun!

Canopy also does tree planting and we did that today, it was really fun and we learned alot about trees and what they need to get a good start. Perfect for kids, families, school groups and our group of adults had so much fun. This is a  great group to support, here are details:

Page Mill Road Tree Planting

When: Saturday, March 16
Time: 9 AM to Noon

Where: Meet at Corner of Page Mill Road and Hanover

Details: This is a planting to be done in conjunction with biking communities of the surrounding areas! Please bring close toed shoes, clothes you do not mind getting dirty in, and a water bottle. All other tools and supplies will be provided. Please bring signed waiver forms, to be supplied, and be ready to jump into the action as we tackle the planting of trees along Page Mill Road.

Estefani Morales
Education and Community Outreach Manager – Canopy
3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303
estefani@canopy.org- www.canopy.org – (650) 964-6110 ext. 5

Another Problem Caused by Deforestation!

Deforestation, clear cutting, slash and burn… all have serious consequences to our watershed, rivers, fisheries, topsoil, farming, drinking water, oceans and so much more. To learn more about this issue check out National Geographic, which explains it very well. And if you would like a graphical reminder, here is a great picture (I can’t give credit to the creator because I don’t know who did this, but “Good Job”  to the Photoshop wizard!)


Plants Galore!

Go to the SF Botanical Garden – Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park – it is open daily, 365 days a year and is free to the public. There is so much to do in this beautiful place, you can enjoy the area, plants, smells, guided tours, bookstores. You may become so inspired that you’ll want to be a member. This is a great place to teach children to love plants and enjoy the  diversity of nature.

Something is always blooming, it is a wondeful peaceful place to relax.