Water-wise landscaping at the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center is part of the County's commitment to Bay-Friendly landscaping practices.
Conserving water and preventing water pollution were two of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors' top concerns when it passed a Bay-Friendly Landscaping Policy in 2008 that requires using Bay-Friendly landscaping practices at County facilities. Bay-Friendly landscaping is a holistic approach to landscaping that works with the natural conditions of the San Francisco Bay Watershed. Bay-Friendly practices foster soil health, and conserve water and other valuable resources while reducing waste and preventing pollution.
Water-wise landscaping using drought-tolerant plants and drip irrigation is already in place at a number of County facilities. For example, water-wise landscaping at the Juvenile Justice Center uses up to 50% less water than conventional landscaping.
- Bay-Friendly Landscaping Resolution (PDF - 55kb) *
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A green building and bay-friendly landscaping case study by StopWaste.Org.
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