Public education in the community of Mahogany – outdoor water management

Public education in the community of Mahogany –  outdoor water management

The City of Calgary, Water Resources will be undertaking an outreach initiative in the community of Mahogany. In alignment with The City’s Stormwater and Water Conservation strategies, we will be implementing an outreach and education campaign called YardSmart, beginning mid-June, with our efforts focussing on specific communities.

In Mahogany the campaign will include both an education and research component. This community-based initiative is aimed at better understanding how homeowners manage water in their newly established yards with the goal to better support residents in undertaking water-wise yard practices from the early stages of their landscaping endeavours.  Mahogany was identified for this outdoor water education and awareness program due to the current and planned number of homes, current stages of development as well as the varied lot sizes.

Through June and early July, Mahogany residents will see a Water education team in the community delivering YardSmart brochures and information packages (upon request) to households. This information will provide basic water-wise gardening information. In late July and through August, we will return to the community, following up directly with homeowners and requesting their participation in a brief survey to find out how, over the summer, they have managed water in their yards. We will also provide further information on recommended watering practices during the hottest days of the year.

The City of Calgary has also worked with community partners to educate Mahogany residents about sustainable yard practices. In partnership with Green Calgary, a well-publicized rain barrel sale will be held near the community (Saturday, July 19th, First Calgary Financial – South Trail, 400 – 4915 130th Ave SE). As well, in partnership with the Calgary Horticultural Society and with the support of the Marquis De Lorne Community Association, The City provided a “Beauty on a Budget” YardSmart gardening workshop to Mahogany and Copperfield residents. The focus of this workshop was sustainable gardening practices with a budget in mind. This workshop was very popular with full attendance and a waiting list for the same program next year.

Information obtained from this program will allow, Water Resources’ Citizen Program Team to better target and refine our outreach programs to effectively and efficiently support Calgarians in planning and maintaining yards with best water management practices in mind from the start.

If you have any questions regarding the program, please feel free to contact me or visit calgary.ca/yardsmart for more information.