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Landscape Water Management Certification Program

The California Landscape Contractors Association (CLCA) has introduced its Water Management Certification Program in the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES).

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Water Management Certification Program Added to Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System

The LA CES program establishes and maintains standards for professional development and continuing education programs for landscape architects. LA CES is a collaboration of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards, Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board, and the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

"We're pleased to have CLCA become a preferred provider," said Ron Leighton, Education Director for the American Society of Landscape Architects. "In today's competitive environment, education has never been more important for landscape architects. LA CES is designed to help professionals keep up to date and to find courses offered by legitimate organizations that have controls to monitor and track quality and attendance."

Introduced in the summer of 2007, CLCA's Water Management Certification Program was specifically designed to use less water. The program not only helps conserve water, but in many cases, especially for those with tiered water pricing, it saves money by targeting the actual water needs of the landscape and maintaining them via a water budget. So far, over 380 people are working towards the final completion of the performance part of the certification program - managing a water budget for a year.

"This program is still fairly new and we're pleased to become part of the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System," said Sharon McGuire, Executive Director of the CLCA. "We're working hard to get the word out that we have this water management certification program available. It is just one of the many ways that our industry can help during our current water crisis. We are also a resource for sustainable landscaping, grasscycling, fire retardant plant choices, drip irrigation and much more. We are looking to work with cities, counties and water districts throughout the state of California to help provide them resources to help manage our state's drought conditions."

Last summer, Governor Schwarzenegger called for a 20% reduction in urban per capita water use by 2020. Water conservation has become such a high priority that many cities, counties and utilities are also offering rebates for reduced water usage. The shortage of water is not only a big problem in California, but also worldwide. According to the United Nations, nearly two thirds of the world's population is expected to have limited access to water by 2025.

Ewing Irrigation Products, the Toro Company, Hunter Industries and Horizon Distributors Inc. are all strong supporters of the program and share a commitment to water conservation.

CLCA's Water Management Certification Program is open to all California green industry professionals and all those interested in water management. For more information or to register for the program, please visit the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System at or CLCA's website at

California Landscape Contractors Association
1491 River Park Drive, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 830-2780

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