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2012 Notes from the Field: Water and the Design of Resilient Communities
This collection of writings is but a brief summation of the valuable experience obtained by each of these practitioners in years of working with, and thinking on, water. We hope that you find the work useful, and even, inspirational. Life IS water. Landscape architects and planners thus have a unique opportunity, and responsibility, to convey this through each and every project and process in which we are engaged. By Paul W. Lander, PhD, ASLA, LEED A.P.

Modeling Water Uptake by Turfgrass for a USGA Root Zone Modified with Inorganic Amendments
A summary from a national conference in New Orleans in 2007.  Porous inorganic soil amendments, including calcined diatomaceous earth, are among several best practices to reduce irrigation, not only in arid locations of the US. Applications could include golf courses in the featured agronomic research as well as sport fields, parks and other large lawn areas.

Weather- and Soil Moisture-Based Landscape Irrigation Scheduling Devices 
(pdf -- 139 pp. 2.7 MB) Report by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in Denver, Colorado investigating the use of smart irrigation controls to reduce water use and nonpoint source pollution during landscape irrigation. The report also includes product information for many smart irrigation control products.

Landscape Irrigation Scheduling and Water Use (2005 draft under review)

Florida Friendly Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Resources by the Green Industries
The Florida Friendly Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Resources by the Green Industries was released in February 2009. This manual provides information and guidance on turf grass and landscape management practices to minimize Nonpoint Source Pollution to conserve and protect Florida’s water resources. These practices cover both the establishment of new turf and landscapes and the care of existing turf and landscapes, including construction activities, irrigation, nutrient management, and pest management. Put out by the State of Florida, this manual is designed to be an educational guide for professional service providers and other interested parties. It does not substitute for the services of a landscape architect, engineer, or other design professional. Design issues are discussed as they apply to the service industry and their clients. 



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