The End of Summer of Water Series with the City of Pocatello
Ending our Summer of Water series, Jessa talks with Hannah and Justin from the City of Pocatello to investigate what the City does to protect Idaho’s water resources, and how Pocatello locals can participate in that.
After a long, hot summer, September has stepped in with the hints of the Fall to come. To round off our summer of water conversations, Hannah Sanger, the Division Manager for Science and & Environment Department and Justin Armstrong, Water Department Superintendent from the City of Pocatello speak to us about local conservation efforts. They discuss the efforts they’ve made in collaboration with the Parks Department to reduce municipal use of water in Pocatello. Incredibly, Pocatello has reduced their water usage by 8% in the last 10 years, even though it is a continuously growing city. Finally, Hannah and Justin give specific advice for local Pocatelloans for how to use their water more efficiently, from replacing leaky faucets to planting more native or water-friendly plants, to xero-scaping all together.
Portneuf Resource Council’s new website: portneufresourcecouncil.org
City of Pocatello website: https://pocatello.gov/
Pocatello Landscaping Resources: https://www.pocatello.gov/442/Landscaping-Resources
Conserve Pocatello: https://conserve.pocatello.gov/
Waterwise Landscaping resource from City of Pocatello’s website: https://www.pocatello.gov/DocumentCenter/View/555/Waterwise-Landscaping-PDF?bidId=
Pictures of the Waterwise Garden at City Hall, a demonstration garden of what plants work best in our climate: https://conserve.pocatello.gov/slides/waterwise_cityhall.pdf
Pictures of the Waterwise Garden at Marshall Public Library, a demonstration garden of what plants work best in our climate: https://conserve.pocatello.gov/slides/waterwise_mpl.pdf
Outback Landscape’s “10 Tips to Save Water.” They are also where we got the image for this episode: https://www.outbacklandscapeinc.com/blog/tips-to-save-water-when-watering-your-lawn-plants
Drought tolerant grasses handout, provided by the Marshall Public Library: https://marshallpl.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Xeriscape08.pdf