River-Friendly Landscape Coalition wins environmental award
The River-Friendly Landscape Coalition is being recognized as a leader in protecting and enhancing the environment in Greater Sacramento by the Sacramento Environmental Commission.
According to a county press release, the coalition consists of multiple government agencies, academic institutions and non-profits in the region all working together to promote landscaping practices and designs that address multiple environmental issues, such as water, air, energy, and habitat.
"Whenever one Coalition member promotes River Friendly Landscaping, all the members benefit from the program's holistic approach and shared message," said Dave Tamayo, Environmental Specialist with the Sacramento County Stormwater Program.
What is river-friendly landscaping?
It is a whole systems approach to the design, construction and maintenance of landscapes to support the integrity of the Sacramento River watershed.
There are 7 main principles:
1. Landscape Locally
2. Landscape for Less to the Landfill
3. Nurture the Soil
4. Conserve Water
5. Conserve Energy
6. Protect Water & Air Quality
7. Create & Protect Wildlife Habitat
The Sacramento County Stormwater Program has promoted River-Friendly Landscaping (RFL) since 2005 beginning with its publication of the River-Friendly Landscape Guidelines, and the presentation of free workshops for landscape professionals and home gardeners.� Building on the success of these efforts, the county led the formation of the RFL Coalition in 2008, to enhance cooperation and mutual support among its member organizations.
The Coalition includes SMUD, EcoLandscape California, Cities of Folsom, Roseville, Sacramento; Association of Professional Landscape Designers and Regional Water Authority.
The Coalition will be honored April 20th.
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