1. Research the extent to which drip systems are used in agriculture and
urge the County Board of Supervisors and Agricultural Commissioner to
advocate for growers to plant less water intensive crops.
2. Urge local officials to maximize the collection of storm and spring
water, and facilitate rainwater roof collection. Push for policies that
limit use of potable drinking water for outside non-food producing
landscapes and increase the use of water already available within the
3. Urge County Environmental Health Department and the State to expand
potential uses of gray water and support homeowner installation of
4. Work with Monterey Business Council and others in developing
educational materials to illustrate rainwater and gray water products
and installation options. Help to simplify gray water permitting
5. Develop demonstration site to showcase how water can be collected and
reused safely. Pursue potential hosting a watershed display, including
rainwater cisterns and gray water systems at the Pacific Grove Museum
of Natural History and other local community sites.
6. Learn about and map the watershed local area, identify creeks and
streams. Meet with watershed experts to learn how urban watersheds can
be reclaimed. Prepare watershed plan for the area, including potential
areas for tanks and storage ponds. Identify areas appropriate for
planting trees adjacent to wet areas; areas where water can be captured
from curbs, swales, creeks; and how to encourage water saving devices,
gray water systems, and rain and spring water collection.
7. Advocate for the construction of local reservoirs and other smaller
projects to capture storm water. Support citywide program to install
tanks and perforated piping along parks and golf course. Install curb
cuts to drain water into local gardens. Construct small reservoirs or
holding tanks to make water available for neighborhood gardens.
8. Help property owners install cisterns to capture rainwater and gray
water systems to enable multiple uses of water. Distribute rain barrels
and hold workshops to show how to plumb rain barrels.