Is Your Yard a Masterpiece or a Disasterpiece?

Aspire to Be River-Friendly to Win a $500 Green Acres Gift Card
Aspire to Be River-Friendly to Win a $500 Green Acres Gift Card!

​Hear about How to Aspire to Be River-Friendly to Win a $500 Green Acres Gift Card

Sustainable, inspirational, commendable—even calculable! The new River-Friendly Landscape Calculator is for homeowners, landscapers, developers, and anyone else who wants to see how much water, time and money that can be saved by creating and maintaining a river-friendly yard.

River-Friendly landscaping practices are designed to help you create a healthy, beautiful, vibrant yard while conserving water, reducing yard waste, and preventing pollution of our air and local rivers. This type of landscaping is a holistic approach that works with nature and supports the integrity of California’s key ecosystems, the Sacramento River Watershed.

These practices on your property will reduce stormwater and irrigation runoff and will help to alleviate pesticides being carried into our creeks and rivers. Here, they can harm fish and wildlife and make the rivers unsafe for drinking, fishing, boating and swimming.

The Calculator has simple steps to define the characteristics of your landscape and your maintenance practices. At the end, the calculator estimates the amount of water your landscape needs, as well as green waste and greenhouse gas emissions it produces, and the cost and labor required to maintain it, as compared to both a river-friendly landscape and a conventional one.

If you would like to participate in the Aspire to be River-Friendly contest, go to before September 30, to register, and complete a survey to calculate your YARD'S GREEN INSPRIRATION Level. Qualifying Yards can submit photos/story and enter to win a $500 Green Acres gift card and be recognized as Sacramento's "Green YARD Ambassador” with a featured photo in Sacramento Magazine!

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