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Mendocino County Resource Conservation District and Mendocino College team up with local water experts for practical solutions to drought

Ukiah — Have you been wondering how to save water during the drought? Are you confused about the differences between greywater and rainwater systems? Do you want a few tips on managing your garden this summer? If so, Mendocino College and the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District (MCRCD) are holding a series of free workshops that address water conservation strategies for residential users.

“Many people want to conserve more water and are already doing the basics like taking shorter showers, but don’t know what else is possible. Homeowners are wondering how to preserve their gardens, collect or reuse water, and convert lawn into drought-tolerant landscaping.”

The first of the workshops will be held this Saturday March 29 from 9am until noon at the Mendocino College Little Theater and will provide a brief overview of water conservation techniques in and around the home, including rainwater catchment, graywater systems, water wise gardening and landscaping, and indoor conservation tactics. Future workshops, held over the next few months, will cover each of these topics in depth and are scheduled for April 19 (rainwater catchment), May 17 (landscaping), June 14 (graywater) and July 12 (home interior).

“The goal of the workshops is to provide information to the public and share strategies that will help families through the current drought, and beyond,” says Joe Scriven of the MCRCD. “Even if we receive more rain this year, drought conditions are likely to persist for months or even years. We want people to be prepared.”

All the workshops are free of charge, and everyone is invited. No pre-registration is required. Funding for the workshops comes from the California Department of Water Resources - Proposition 84.

For more information, call Joe Scriven of the MCRCD at 462-3664 ext. 104 or visit the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District website at

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