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WELO and the New Normal for the California Landscape

November 6, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Cost: free
Member Cost: $0
CM Credits: 7.0

On January 17, 2014, and again on April 25, 2015, Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency due to severe drought conditions throughout the State of California. This executive order included requirements for a new Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO). The ordinance promotes the values and benefits of landscaping practices that integrate and go beyond the conservation and efficient use of water, sets a Maximum Applied Water Allowance as an upper limit for water use and reduces water use to the lowest practical amount. This ambitious measure targets the single largest area of urban water use, landscape irrigation, and is asking designers and operators to re-thinking the status quo.
The WELO covers all new permitted landscape construction over 500 square feet and all permitted renovations over 2,500 square feet. In addition to requiring water budget and estimated water use calculations, the ordinance requires low-volume irrigation in much of the landscape, irrigation audits, and many types of irrigation equipment to foster water use efficiency.

Course Description
This full-day training will include a comprehensive look at the ordinance and will explore an array of design strategies that meet the standard and how to verify compliance. This class is intended for planner, landscape architects, contractors and designers, irrigation designers and managers–anyone who needs to comply or verify compliance with the ordinance. Presentation topics will include water budget calculations, irrigation best practices, the use of compost, and planting design strategies. The training will also include an interactive design review activity where the participants will review a WELO submittal for cmpl. The Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance training is being developed through a partnership between StopWaste (www.stopwaste.org) and PG&E (www.pge.com).

Morning/afternoon refreshments and lunch will be provided.


November 6, 2019
8:30 am - 4:30 pm




CM Credits
Credits Pending or Approved
APA Member Cost
CM Credits Topic Area
Mixed Land Uses, Parks and Recreation, Planning Methods and Tools, Residential Land Use, Zoning and Ordinances
1537 Webster Street, Oakland CA 94612