Press release for Sweetwater Collaborative

SANTA BARBARA, California – Local non-profit Sweetwater Collaborative will host two neighborhood walking tours of residential landscapes that highlight a variety of water-wise projects. The homes on the tours have been sites of educational workshops held by Sweetwater Collaborative, in which attendees learned effective strategies to reduce water use in their yards.

“Simple solutions exist to capture and retain most of the rain in our yards, rather than allowing this rain to pick up pollution and run off into the ocean”, said Sweetwater Collaborative Coordinator Barbara Wishingrad. “Additional water-saving strategies for the yard include choosing climate-appropriate plants and installing greywater systems and rain tanks. All of these solutions will be shown and explained on our tours.”

The tours will be on May 30 and June 6, in the Westside and Samarkand neighborhoods, respectively. Home-owners, government officials, media, and anyone interested in learning how to save water in the yard, are encouraged to attend these tours. More information can be found on Sweetwater Collaborative’s website.

About Sweetwater Collaborative

Sweetwater is a collaborative stakeholder network based in Santa Barbara, CA, and is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit under its fiscal sponsor Nurturing Across Cultures. All of its services, events, and activities reflect its collaborative nature. Having expanded beyond its initial function as an environmental educational organization, it now also provides professional trainings, carries out research, and facilitates opportunities for collaborative water stewardship. Hands-on, community-based workshops are held in people’s homes and neighborhoods to install sustainable systems such as rain gardens, greywater, and rain tanks. Drought forums, with community leaders and interested stakeholders in attendance, are held to address the current drought crisis. More information about Sweetwater Collaborative and its community-based water-related services is available at“>


Barbara Wishingrad

Sweetwater Collaborative

(805) 403-4566

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