Research & Presentations
Ignite NCAR VII - The Future of Colorado's Water, a Seuss-like Tale
CIRES' Jeff Lukas presents Colorado's water and future projects from the Colorado Water Assessment using a Dr. Seuss-like rhyme that brings cleverness and smiles despite the subject's gravity.
Native Vegetation in Xeriscaping
A slide presentation advocating use of native plant species entitled "The Use of Native Vegetation in Xeriscaping" creates habitat for native wildlife while reducing the risk of invasion. The presentation was originally prepared and presented by Greg Cronin of University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center on March 8, 2007. (You must have MS PowerPoint to view presentation)
CSU Shrub Water Needs Study
"Water Requirements of Landscape Shrubs and Turfgrass" by Dr. James E. Klett and David Staats, Colorado State University, Department of Landscape Horticulture, Fort Collins, Colorado 80523
The State of Colorado is beginning to feel the pressures of population growth. The demand for responsible water management is becoming extremely important. To date there is no quantifiable information with regard to the water use of plants commonly used in Colorado's landscapes. The green industry must use empirical data and guess work to guide their irrigation practices, landscape design and water management policies. This project mirrors a study on annuals conducted by Colorado State University which resulted in useful data and proof that annuals could survive and remain attractive using only 50% ET. The Green Industry of Colorado has worked hard to develop Best Management Practices (BMP's) for all segments of the Green Industry. The BMP's are and continue to be a work in progress. Research data from this project will help define and give credence to water management BMP's.
Interested in planting native plants in your yard that are more drought resistant and require less irrigation? Known as Xeriscape, these landscapes can save you money because they also require less maintenance, pesticides and water, while attracting beautiful native birds. Explore your landscapes potential by thinking beyond turf. Sites include examples of Xeriscape gardens, information on clinics in your area and plant list to help you design a garden that will thrive and look beautiful.
SECWCD Xeriscape™ Information
City of Boulder Xeriscape Web Site
City of Ft Collins Xeriscape Web Site
City of Golden Xeriscape Web Site
City of Greeley: Xeriscape FAQ
Colorado Springs Utilities Xeriscape and the Demonstration Garden Online
Denver Public Library Xeriscape Information
Denver Water Xeriscape
Aurora Water Xeriscape Program website
Drought Management Resources
Lawn Watering Workgroup
In 2002 and 2003, a group of Front Range water providers and landscape professionals formed this workgroup to develop a more unified approach to lawn watering guidelines and other water demand management approaches. The documents that summarize their work are below.
Colorado Water Conservation Board
Colorado Climate Center - Drought Resources
American Water Works Association - Drought Preparedness
Alliance for Water Efficiency - Drought Response
Green Industries of Colorado (GreenCO) - Best Management Practices