Checklist and Certification for Sustainable Landscapes in Georgia
Keyes, Alice Miller
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The Georgia Comprehensive State-wide Water Management Plan (SWP) was developed in 2008. The purpose was to balance increasing and sometimes conflicting demands on the state’s water resources. The plan recognizes water conservation as one of the most cost-effective practices for protecting and managing water quality in state rivers, streams and aquifers. The SWP requested that the Georgia Department of Natural Resources create a guidance document, Water Conservation Implementation Plan (2009), for greater water use efficiency in Georgia’s diverse water use sectors. One sector of this plan addresses water conservation for landscape irrigation. A benchmark within this sector is to develop a checklist and certification for sustainable landscapes. The overall objectives of this project are to secure funding for the project, create a statewide (with a regional emphasis) education and outreach program for sustainable landscapes, implement the program and evaluate the effectiveness of the project. The objectives of the statewide education and outreach program for sustainable landscapes are to: Improve water quality through landscape best management practices - Enhance water use efficiency for landscape irrigation Build an army of sustainable landscape champions - Construct regional demonstration to improve water quality and water efficiency on site and to educate citizens on the benefits of sustainable landscapes.