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Water Conservation Resources

On this page you will find a variety of documents and links to water conservation resources. The information is grouped by topic. Click the down arrow to display the information.

2018 Presentations:

Bugs In Your Landscape – Dr. Carol Sutherland, 2018

Climate Change and Future Water Resources – Dave Gutzler, 2018

Everybody Say Trees – Dr. Marisa Thompson, 2018

Irrigation Design and Controller Programming - Ken Futrell, 2018

Propagation of Trees and Other Woody Plants – Jeff Harvey, 2018

Rain Harvesting – Van Clothier and Michael Gaglio, 2018

Soils and Mulch – Dr. Bill Lindemann, 2018

Urban Weed Identification and Management – Dr. Leslie Beck, 2018

Water Efficient Landscape Design – David Cristiani, 2018

Water Wise Vegetable Gardening – Dr. Stephanie Walker, 2018

2017 Presentations:

Bugs in Your Landscape – Dr. Carol Sutherland, 2017

Climate Change – Dr. Dave W. Dubois,2017

Drip Irrigation and Programming Controllers – Ken Futrell, 2017

Passive Rain and Storm Water Harvesting – Van Clothier, 2017

Selecting Climate Appropriate Trees – John White, 2017

Selecting Appropriate Plants for Your Landscape – Rachel Gioannini, 2017

Soils and Mulches - Dr. Bill Lindemann, 2017

Water Efficient Landscape Design - David Cristiani, 2017

Water-wise Vegetables – Israel Calsoyas, 2017

Weed Management and Identification – Dr. Leslie Beck, 2017

2015 Presentations:

Catching the Rain! - Jeff Anderson, 2015 (4MB)

Climate Change, Globally and in New Mexico - Dr. Dave Gutzler, 2015 (8MB)

How to Create an Irrigation Schedule - Dr. Bernd Leinauer, 2015 (3MB)

How to Create an Irrigation Schedule for Drip Systems - Leslie Kryder, 2015 (1MB)

Irrigation Schedule Worksheet - Leslie Kryder, 2015

The WUCOLS information referred to in the above documents is available in the Calculating Water Needs of Plants section of this page.

Optimizing Irrigation Systems - Dr. Roland St. Hilaire, 2015 (2MB)

Soils and Mulch - Dr. Bill Lindemann, 2015 (7MB)

Stormwater Harvesting - Van Clothier, 2015 (32MB BIG FILE!!!)

>Weed Identification and Control - Jim Wanstall, 2015 (6MB)

Water-wise Vegetable Gardening - Dr. Stephanie Walker, 2015 (1MB)

West Texas Trees - John White, 2015 (9MB)

The Top Ten Trees, Selecting & Planting - John White, 2015 (6MB)

Xeriscape Garden Design - Jackye Meineke, 2015 (PDF 500KB)

2014 and earlier presentations:

Basic Irrigation: Principles and Products - Ken Futrell, 2014 (8.5MB)

Biosolid Compost Lab Analysis - March, 2013

Bugs! They Use Water, Too - Dr. Carol Sutherland, 2014 (5MB)

Climate Outlook for 2014 - Dr. David Dubois, 2014 (5MB)

Compost 101 - Dr. Bill Lindemann, Lush & Lean Presentation 06.19.2012

Landscaping to Your Max: Lush but Lean - Jeff Anderson, 2014 (PDF 27MB)

Plant and Lawn Diseases - Dr. Natalie Goldberg, 2014 (PDF 5MB)

Rainwater Harvesting - Jeff Anderson, 2014 (2.5MB)

Reuse water for Turfgrass - Dr. Bernd Leinauer, Presentation 03.29.2012

Smart Irrigation Controllers - Dr. Rolston St. Hilaire 07.12.2012

Soils - Dr. Bill Lindemann, 2014 (PDF 10MB)

Sustainable Landscape Design - Cathy Mathews, 2014 (PDF 2MB)

Turfgrass Irrigation Circular 660 - Dr. Bernd Leinauer, NMSU Turfgrass Specialist

Water-Wise Vegetable Gardening - Dr. Stephanie Walker, 2014 (2MB)

Weed Identification and Control - Jim Wanstall, 2014 (4MB)

Xeriscape Garden Design - Jackye Meineke, 2014 (PDF 500KB)

For information on Water-Wise Edible Gardening visit NMSU Cooperative Extension.

There are two basic ways to conserve water: cultivate water-wise habits and install low-flow infrastructure. Check out these links for specifics on how to be water-wise indoors.

National Geographic: Water Conservation Tips

Water Efficiency Evaluation - This is a checklist for evaluating water use inside and outside a home. Identify areas where additional water savings can be found. Intended for use by professional home inspectors, this checklist can also be used by "handy" home owners. Or, if you are about to purchase a property, ask your building inspector to conduct this inspection, too.

Don't Waste a Drop; Finding, Fixing and Preventing Indoor Water Leaks

A Waterwise Guide to Clothes Washers

A Waterwise Guide to Evaporative Coolers

A Waterwise Guide to Ultra Low-Flow Toilets

The Office of the State Engineer Water Conservation Bureau provides many other valuable materials on water conservation.

About 33% of all residential water use in Las Cruces is for outdoor purposes. Check out these links for specifics on how to be water-wise outdoors.

Reducing Outdoor Water Use, by Leslie R. Kryder, Water Conservation Coordinator

New Mexico Plant List, an interactive online application

Recommended Southwestern Native Plants for the El Paso/Las Cruces Area of the Chihuahuan Desert Region

The Complete How-to Guide to Xeriscape

The Complete How-to Guide to Xeriscape, Revised 2011

Enchanted Xeriscape

Irrigation Basics

Lean & Green

Low Volume Irrigation Design & Installation Guide

New Mexico Graywater Guide

Using Graywater in New Mexico Residential Landscape

Water Conservation Regulations brochure

Water Efficiency Evaluation - This is a checklist for evaluating water use inside and outside a home. Identify areas where additional water savings can be found. Intended for use by professional home inspectors, this checklist can also be used by "handy" home owners. Or, if you are about to purchase a property, ask your building inspector to conduct this inspection, too.

A Waterwise Guide to Trees

A Waterwise Guide to Rainwater Harvesting

Xeriscape 101

The Office of the State Engineer Water Conservation Bureau provides many other valuable materials on water conservation.

Also check out the Rainwater Harvesting Resources below.

Chihuahuan Desert Gardens - UTEP

Chihuahuan Desert Plant Database - UTEP

Climate Based Coefficients for Scheduling Irrigations in Urban Xeriscapes - 5th National Decennial Irrigation Conference

Guide to Estimating Irrigation Water Needs of Landscape Plantings in California - University of California Cooperative Extension

Landscape Watering Guide - WaterUseItWisely.com. This site is intended for Arizona, but much of the information applies here, too. An excellent site.

New Mexico Landscape Irrigation "SMART" Calculator

Water Use Classification of Landscape Species (WUCOLS) Instructions - University of California Cooperative Extension

WUCOLS 4 Plant Information Database - University of California Cooperative Extension

Water Ripples: A fun trivia water interactive education game water sponsored by New Mexico State University. For all ages.

EPA WaterSense Kids: Is a fun and educational website for kids, teachers and adults who want to learn about water and how to protect it. This site is sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense program.

EPA Water Kids: A website where you can find projects, art, and experiments that involve kids and students with environmental protection. This site is sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Tip Tank Game: Several fun interactive games that teach kids how to save water. Sponsored by Water Use-It-Wisely.

Project Wet: Is a worldwide non-profit organization that dedicates itself to providing water education to children, parents, teachers, and community members of the world. Las Cruces Utilities is now a Project Wet Coordinator. Call (575) 528-3549 to set up Project Wet Activities for your grades.

Rio, the Water Detective: Curriculum designed for students in elementary grades. Each activity or section can be modified to meet the needs and learning levels of a given classroom. Curriculum contains two components, a student booklet and a teacher's guide.

More resources for educators can be found on the Office of the State Engineer website in the Water Use and Conservation section.

Alliance for Water Efficiency - A non-profit organization dedicated to the efficient and sustainable use of water.

American Water Works Association - A scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water.

EPA WaterSense Program - Save water and protect the environment by choosing WaterSense labeled products in your home and business and taking simple steps to save water each day.

National Geographic Water Conservation Reference - Provides information on water conservation to help save the world.

New Mexico Water Conservation Alliance - A non-profit organization of New Mexicans dedicated to water conservation issues.

Plants for a Future - Charitable company that provides information on edible and otherwise useful plants suitable for growing outdoors in a temperate climate.

WaterSavers - Find out which car washes in Las Cruces are saving water.