Salmonid Restoration Federation

Water Conservation Education

SRF is actively promoting water conservation techniques and practices to reduce residential water usage in rural watersheds on the North Coast

As a result of California’s historic and ongoing drought, on January 17, 2014, Governor Brown declared a State of Emergency and cities are working to reduce their water usage by 20 percent. The North Coast, usually a region with relatively high precipitation rates in the Winter and Spring, currently lacks the infrastructure and water reserves to cope with a water crisis of this magnitude. In many rural communities in Humboldt and Mendocino counties, thousands of landowners and residents are their own water providers, responsible for managing the water that flows through their land for their household and irrigation needs. It is the responsibility of every rural resident to make improvements to their properties and changes in their behavior to ensure that water is being conserved and stewarded, rather than used inefficiently. 

This is a critical time for North Coast communities to initiate immediate and effective water conservation practices. Simple improvements like installing float valves on water storage tanks, installing low-flow showerheads, checking regularly for leaks, and implementing mulching into a garden routine can make a measurable and significant difference to our region’s water footprint. 

Visit our Water Conservation Resources page for additional information, techniques, and recommendations for conserving water.