Help Keep Woodland "The City of Trees"

As you cut back on water use during this historic drought, you may not realize the impact this will have on your landscape trees. Trees in irrigated landscapes become dependent on regular watering. When watering is reduced – and especially when it’s stopped completely – trees will die.

Tree loss is a very costly problem: not only in expensive tree removal, but also in the loss of all the benefits trees provide. Your trees provide an immense range of health, energy, environmental, and economic benefits:

    đź’§Trees improve air and water quality
    đź’§Trees provide shade to the landscape and reduce water needs
    đź’§Trees help keep your home cooler
    đź’§Trees slow stormwater runoff and help recharge groundwater
    đź’§Trees reduce soil erosion
    đź’§Trees add value – sometimes thousands of dollars’ worth – to your home and neighborhood

Trees take a long time to grow. Without helping our trees through the drought, we risk losing these benefits. While the drought may not last long, it can harm or kill trees, and it will take 10, 20, or even 50+ years to grow trees and get back the benefits.

City of Woodland

On June 21, 2016, The City of Woodland responded to the State Water Resources Control Board's new Emergency Regulation and rescinded the emergency stages of the Water Shortage Contingency Plan.

Currently, the city asks its water users to voluntarily cut water use by 10% compared to 2013 usage in addition to limiting outdoor watering to 3 days per week between the hours of 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.

Click here for detailed information about the June 21, 2016 City Council Meeting including the approved resolution, the staff report, and video of the meeting.

Calculating Water Supply Reliability:

Self Certification with Supporting Documents

State of California

​Recognizing persistent yet less severe drought conditions throughout California, on May 18, 2016, the State Water Board adopted an emergency water conservation regulation that replaces the February 2 emergency regulation. The May 2016 regulation that will be in effect from June 2016 through January 2017 requires locally developed conservation standards based upon each agency’s specific circumstances. It replaces the prior percentage reduction-based water conservation standard with a localized “stress test” approach. These standards require local water agencies to ensure a three-year supply assuming three more dry years like the ones the state experienced from 2012 to 2015. Water agencies that would face shortages under three additional dry years will be required to meet a conservation standard equal to the amount of shortage. Woodland does not have a shortage and therefor does not have a state-mandated conservation standard.

As directed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in Executive Order B-37-16, the Board will separately take action to make some of the requirements of the regulation permanent.

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