Living Arroyos
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We’re back and we missed you!

It’s been an entire Program year since we hosted our last volunteer event. Though we missed our volunteers terribly, it was a necessary step to protect the safety of our crew and our volunteers. The crew has been hard at work all this time, waiting for the right time to welcome back volunteers.

We are happy to say that we are back! Our first volunteer event is Sat. Dec. 4th which has already “sold out” but we are scheduling more events as fast as we can. Be sure to check our eventbrite page to RSVP for upcoming work days.

Events might look a little different as we get comfortable with new safety protocols, and ensuring that we’re following state and local guidelines to minimize risk. For the time being, please bring your own work gloves, snacks and water!

We can’t wait to meet you all back in the field!

Earn your QWEL certification online this fall!

Join this FREE class to become a Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper. Become a recognized industry leader in sustainable landscaping and irrigation!

This two-week course features live online instruction four days per week with the highly acclaimed landscaping and irrigation expert: Lori Palmquist. Because we know everyone has different schedules, participants can choose the series that works best for them. Certifying exams will be offered for both series the week of Oct. 19th.

Evening Series Instruction Begins Monday, October 5th

 7:00 – 9:00 PM. (Register)

Morning Series Instruction Begins Tuesday, October 6th

8:00 – 10:00 AM. (Register)

*Access to the web-based Zoom application required. Minimal exam fee applies.

Who should attend: Landscape contractors and irrigation technicians, park and public agency maintenance staff, landscape architects and designers, and others interested in landscape water conservation.

What’s it about: The QWEL professional certification course provides education on water-saving sustainable landscaping principles, soils, plant water needs, irrigation system troubleshooting and audits, controller programming and more. QWEL is also recognized by U.S. EPA WaterSense. Learn more at

Questions: Please contact the California Water Efficiency Partnership (CalWEP), which was selected by water providers to implement QWEL training in the greater Bay Area: 916.552.5885 or

WaterSense recognized: QWEL professional training is a proactive local approach to reducing landscape water use. It is recognized as a WaterSense labeled Professional Certification Program for Irrigation System Auditing and is a multi-year WaterSense Sustained Excellence award winner.