Stormwater Resources
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Stormwater Resources

Water-wise Landscaping for Homeowners

pdfSlow it, Spread it, Sink it! A homeowners Guide for Greening Stormwater Runoff

Monterey Bay Friendly Landscaping

Ocean Friendly Gardens

Water-Smart Gardening in Santa Cruz County

Rainscaping Guide-Missouri Botanical Garden

Our Water Our World

Rebates, Grants, and Cost Share Program

Resource Conservation District
Funding for stormwater and landscape conservation related projects is currently available for landowners within the San Lorenzo River Watershed (includes Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Felton, Ben Lomond, Brookdale and Boulder Creek). This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for eligibility requirements.

List of Monterey Bay Area Rebates
Pajaro Valley Water Management Agency Rebates

Find a Water-wise Landscape Professional

Monterey Bay Green Gardener Program

Stormwater Management for Professionals

Central Coast Low Impact Development Initiative


Converting tested percolation rates to infiltration rates using the “Porchet Method.” 

Orange County Guidance Documents

Riverside County Guidance Documents

Calming the Storm Workshop Materials


pdfSpeaker Contact List

pdfStormwater Permit Requirements and How They Affect You
pdfBenefits of Early Planning and Overcoming Site Constraints
pdfLow Impact Development in the Central Coast Region (modified)
pdfSite Soil Testing Methodologies
pdfDesign and Construction Considerations for BioRetention
pdfPervious Concretes, Pavements, and Asphalts
pdfEvery Drop Counts: Using Rainwater to Offset your Project’s Water Demand
pdfCurrent and Future Incentives for LID

Local Agency Information for Stormwater, Landscape & Water Conservation

County of Santa Cruz
Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance

City of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz Water Department
Stormwater Program
Low Impact Development Requirements
Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance
Landscape and Water Conservation

City of Scotts Valley and Scotts Valley Water District
Landscape and Water Conservation

City of Watsonville
Landscape and Water Conservation

Soquel Creek Water District
Landscape and Water Conservation Ordinances