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Irrigation and Landscaping Focus Group


On average, the Wood River Valley receives 8-15 inches of precipitation each year – mostly in snow.  At the same time, Valley residents use nearly 70% of their total annual water budget on their outdoor landscape during less than half of the year.  We have the knowledge and engineering to do better and this group is focusing on increasing education/outreach and the incentives/enforcements to increase our community’s conservation practices of this precious resource.

Collaborations taken to date:

  • Worked with The Wood River Land Trust to reprint and deliver one-page flyers with best practices for irrigation system set ups and soil preparation – English and Spanish.

  • Worked with the Wood River Land Trust to create two informational brochures; one with information on best practices for landscaping (e.g. soil care, irrigation, and plant choices) and the other for trees (how to lower watering needs and survive droughts).


Current Collaborations:

  • Developing partners to provide training and future certification for installers on best practices in efficient irrigation system installations.  Many systems are currently laid without concern for water conservation, plant choice, soil issues or the newest available technologies.

  • Continue to distribute printed brochures for homeowners and HOAs.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Join us for our monthly meetings (listed on calendar each month) and see what’s interesting.  

  • Help organize water and plant smart workshop for Earth Day each year.

  • Help start a yard renovation ‘club’ to share yard and irrigation ideas with other CAC members.

  • Help us reach out to local jurisdictions and/or HOAs for water-wise and planting discussions or presentations.

  • Write informational blogs on landscaping and wise water use for our webpage and/or our Idaho Earth Guide.

  • Have any computer, video or artistic talents?  We need help in creating social media  information and "calls to action" videos.

  • No time to offer?  Feel free to donate to our efforts.  We always need money for printing brochures, signs, events and our online presence.

  • Want to get involved?  Sign up below:

Join the Landscaping Focus Group

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