City Council Votes to Support Trees while Saving Water
August 16, 2017
On Tuesday evening, the Sacramento City Council voted to
implement a plan to encourage residents to conserve water regardless of
yearly rainfall. The ordinance makes sense considering that droughts are a
frequent occurrence in the region. The new ordinance restricts automatic
sprinkler water use to two days a week and penalizes users whose irrigation create
urban runoff. However, the ordinance does not have the same restrictions on
direct watering systems such as hand watering, hose watering, drip irrigation,
and soaker hoses. Such allowances are beneficial to our urban forest since
those are the best ways to water trees on private property.
A few weeks ago, we began receiving calls from supporters concerned
that the ordinance would hurt mature trees that were still recovering from the drought.
In response to these calls, we started a dialogue with
City Council and the Department of Utilities.
Along with the California Association of Nurseries and
Garden Centers and Green Acres Nursery, Sac Tree offered amendments so that the
ordinance would offer proper education and outreach to Sacramento residents so
that they would not cut off the water to their trees during hot, dry summers.
Once the new water restrictions are put into place, we will
support the City in its efforts to reach out to all Sacramento residents and
educate them on how best to water and care for their trees. We will do that by
holding our “Caring for Trees in Low Water Landscapes” workshops all around
town and through the “Save Our Water and Our Trees” messaging campaign. But our
best messenger is you! Tell your neighbors that watering their trees is not
just legal – it’s important. If they have questions, send them our way.