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WELO and saving water

From: domainremoved <Scott>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 16:59:01 -0800

Hello Council,

Tonight is the second reading for the Council to decide if they want the city to join the regional Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency's (BAWSCA) Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO), or not join and fall into the State's mandated Model Water Efficient Landscaping Ordinance (MWELO).

I am a member of Environmental Quality Commission(EQC) and within that commission a member of the Heritage Tree Subcommittee. But speaking as a resident, I would like to see the city adopt the BAWSCA WELO. Both the State's and BAWSCA's ordinances will reduce water consumption in our drought stricken state. Yet, the BAWSCA ordinance goes a step further to impact rehabilitated landscaping projects that are larger then 1,000 square feet vs. the 2,500 square foot trigger in the State's mandated policy.

We are in a transitional period in our regional climate patterns. What used to be normal, predictable, annual precipitation rates are now the exception.
As we have seen, many of our multiple decades old trees our dying due to lack of water. A great example of this is the Redwood grove that was located behind the city offices on Laurel Street. All but one tree died due to being stressed and weakened by lack of water. Then they became infected by Redwood canker disease. This dying off of our urban canopy is mostly likely going to continue for at least a few years to come.

The City of Menlo Park as well as other surrounding communities needs to accept the fact that we live in a semi arid environment and that we have supported landscaping models based on imported and excessive irrigation. The water for these practices is just not going to be available in the future.

Yes, unfortunately we going to lose more trees, but we have to start planning and adjusting for the changes in our water supply now.

Thank you,

Scott Marshall
Received on Tue Jan 26 2016 - 17:02:55 PST

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