The city’s public works yard is undergoing a transformation to help educate the community as well as save on the water bill.
“I was really careful on this. It does no good to plant really exotic stuff that nobody can get.”
The yard is being redesigned to show residents how the use of native and drought tolerant plants can save them money and time as well as create an attractive yard.
“I’m really excited,” said Alison Loukeh, the city’s water conservation specialist, who spearheaded the project. Generation Water, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization that assists in the creation of “green jobs,” is the primary contractor for the landscape.
The landscape was designed by a Cal Poly Pomona student, who incorporated colorful drought tolerant plants that are native to the region. There will be a rock creek bed for on-site water retention.
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By Sandra Emerson