The Drought and the Impact on Landscape Design

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Free event, bring your own brown bag lunch! Please note, this event is sold out.


The Bay-Friendly Coalition Lunchtime Forum Series presents this program. Come join us and understand the impacts of the 2015 revisions to the California Water Efficiency Landscape Ordinance on landscape design and irrigation compliance. The program will focus on: the ordinance update; planting design and hydrozoning; irrigation design and water use; and compliance requirements.

About the presenters:

Bob Towar, PGAdesign. Bob heads up PGAdesign’s irrigation design services providing services for PGAdesign as well as other Bay Area firms. He has a wealth of knowledge of the Northern California irrigation requirements. With 27 years in the industry, his experience includes irrigation design, residential and commercial installation, wholesale supply and maintenance. With a BS in Irrigation Science from Cal Poly Pomona, Bob is also a Certified Irrigation Designer (CID), Certified Landscape Water Manager (CLWM), and Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA).

Chris Steele, The Toro Company. Chris is Senior Specification Sales Manager for The Toro Company, Irrigation Division for the past 20 years and brings a wealth of knowledge for water-saving irrigation products.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, attendees will:

  1. Be able to state basic changes in the California Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (WELO)
  2. Be able to provide examples of planting design & hydrozoning which meet the 2015 ordinance requirements.
  3. Be able to identify new approaches to irrigation design that minimize water use.
  4. Be able to state at least one compliance requirement and how to meet it through design.


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