Lodi teens report on health of Mokelumne River
UC Master Gardener Linda Driver stands inside a framework of plastic pipes demonstrating the volume of 100 cubic feet of water. That’s the unit the City of Lodi uses in residential water bills, she said.
- Tips for reducing water use
Following the storm drain detective report, Linda Elliot, a Master Gardener through the UC Davis Cooperative Extension gave a talk on how homeowners can better understand their water bill, and how to reduce water use through changes in the garden. She is a gardening guru with more than 250 potted plants at home. Her tips:
- Only water as deep as the plant’s roots grow.
- Know your soil and how it holds water.
- Plan your garden so plants that need the same amount of water are nearby.
- Morning is the best time to water, so the moisture soaks in, but doesn’t drown the plant.
- Train fruit trees to grow shorter than normal, so all the fruit can be picked without a ladder, and it uses less water.
Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 12:00 am
They wade in rivers. They explore storm drains. They test any water they can get their hands on. They are the Storm Drain Detectives.
Students from Lodi, Tokay and Jim Elliot Christian high schools and Lodi Academy formed teams to explore nine sites along the Mokelumne River and Lodi Lake. The first site is slightly east of Lodi, and serves as a base reading before any runoff from the city hits the river.
Friday, May 10, 2013 12:00 am.