- DWR awards $1 Million to each of Sonoma County’s three Groundwater Sustainability Agencies
- Lower American River water quality monitoring shows elevated levels of E. coli bacteria
- Water Available for Aquifer Replenishment report released by Department of Water Resources
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- Updated Water Allocations for Friant and North of the Delta Contractors released by Reclamation
Two upcoming QWEL training series offered at Chino Basin Water Conservation District
Landscape professionals, businesses and interested individuals interested in earning their EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) WaterSense Qualified Water Efficient Landscape (QWEL) certification are invited to attend one of two, three-day training series offered at the Montclair-based Chino Basin Water Conservation District (CBWCD). The QWEL course provides approximately 20 hours of instruction for the correct selection of local plants and climate, design and maintenance of irrigation systems, programming and operation of irrigation systems.
“This course is an educational opportunity for landscape professionals to enhance their knowledge and earn a certification demonstrating their proficiency in water efficient landscaping,” said Scott Kleinrock, Conservation Programs manager. “We’re pleased to offer the training for a nominal $50 fee as part of our ongoing efforts to directly implement irrigation efficiency in the community.”
Attendees will learn water efficient principles, including irrigation system and landscape design with an additional focus on proper plant selection for the climate. Landscape professionals interested in advancing their careers will learn the methods and systems to help clients reduce their water use and build and maintain water-wise landscapes. The QWEL course allows trainees will to gain a deeper understanding of water-efficient practices to be executed in landscaping procedures.
The $50 registration fee will include all course materials, exam administration and certification. Additionally, those who successfully complete the course can have their name displayed as a Certified Professional on the EPA WaterSense website. There is an increasing demand for landscape professionals who can help organizations and individuals reduce their water use while maintaining attractive and useful outdoor spaces and landscapes.
CBWCD is committed to continuing its efforts to reduce water use and increase local groundwater supplies by promoting water conservation education and groundwater percolation. CBWCD’s Water Conservation Center is a gathering place for water conservation education in the region, providing high-quality conservation education programs for K-12 students, as well as programs for landscape professionals and homeowners.
The next QWEL training series will be held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, November 13, 15, and 17 from 8am to 4:30pm. The training will be offered again on January 13, 20, and February 3. (All are Saturday classes.) Both training series will be held at the CBWCD’s Water Conservation Center located at 4594 San Bernardino Street in Montclair.
To register for either QWEL series go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/qualified-water-efficient-landscaper-professional-certification-training-tickets-38130849397. For questions or additional information call CBWCD at: 909-626-2711.