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gation. As part of the grant program,
Northern Water will assist with signage
and other materials, so these projects can
serve as water-efficiency demonstration
and education sites.
For Northern Water’s customers, multiple
factors are driving the need to redesign
their landscapes. Older landscape
designs often use significant volumes of
water, are difficult to manage, and are
expensive to maintain. While pleasing to
look at, they might provide lesser benefits
to owners than newer alternatives.
Also, as residents mature, their landscape
needs and perceptions may evolve.
Although managing water use and costs
is often a primary motivator for pursuing
landscape updates, HOA boards, property
managers, and business owners have
other reasons to change their landscaping.
These include being environmentally
responsible, preparing for drought, and
facilitating landscapes that add benefits
such as habitat, plant diversity and pollination,
educational opportunities, and
Northern Water has encouraged a variety
of organizations to apply for grants
across a spectrum of project concepts.
For example, HOA participants might
seek to reduce water used in commonly
managed areas. Municipalities can
pursue enhanced overall water management
through water audits, park and
public landscape renovations, and they
can install demonstration gardens that
provide habitat and showcase native
and Xeric plant species. Developers of
new neighborhoods could pursue native
landscape approaches, and businesses
might add to their attractiveness and
tenant retention through green building
retrofits and certifications, such as LEED
Building Operations and Maintenance
What other changes are applicants considering?
Some innovative designs now
seek to incorporate stormwater and
watershed protection, such as the Watershed
Additional outcomes can include conversion
to landscapes that add amenities
such as seating areas, walking paths or
other community uses.
For some applicants, pursuing third-party
certifications can be aspirational recognitions
of their new designs and benefits.
They give branded designations for
design features and communicate what
upgrades can provide. Examples include