For the past 11 years, Council for Watershed Health has published the Landscaping Lightly Calendar to provide practical tips and vibrant (vibrante!) illustrations to inspire individual actions toward achieving resilient landscapes, a particularly timely focus this year. Recent drought and wildfire events in California coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic have underscored the many challenges facing our environment and most vulnerable communities.


Over the last year, we have all faced the realities of spending more time in our local neighborhoods and in the open spaces available to us as we adhered to public health guidelines. For some, this has prompted a second look at the areas in which we live, and for many has reinforced the need to increase open space and rethink and redesign our region’s landscapes. Using the sustainable and ecological approaches shared in this calendar, the neighborhoods where we live and play can provide benefits to all and for generations to come.


This year, we are pleased to offer our Landscaping Lightly in print form so that these tips and artwork can be a daily reminder in your home and community spaces. We have also translated the 2022 edition into Spanish (haga clic aquí para leer estos consejos en español) for an even greater reach in our communities. As in-person events start to safely take place, look for us at community events to pick up a calendar.


With generous support from our partners listed below, we hope you enjoy using the information and resources provided in this year’s Landscaping Lightly. From all of us at the Council for Watershed Health, we wish you a happy and healthy new year!



Eileen Alduenda

Executive Director

Council for Watershed Health LLC_


Welcome to Landscaping Lightly!


These tips are sponsored by:



Use rain barrels attached to your rain gutters to collect rain for later use. Be sure to use the collected water regularly; average-sized rain barrels can fill quickly even in small storms.



A 1000 square foot rooftop in Los Angeles produces on average more than 9000 gallons of water annually. For larger landscapes, consider using cisterns to store rainwater to use year-round!



Collect rain water from your roof by using rain gutters and directing your downspouts into designated areas of your garden.

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BONUS TIP: Use rain barrels attached to your rain gutters to collect rain for later use. Be sure to use the collected water regularly; average-sized rain barrels can fill quickly even in small storms.



These tips are sponsored by:



Swales are u-shaped basins in your landscape that capture rain, preventing it from flowing down streets and picking up pollution. Visit the Council for Watershed Health’s demonstration green street and alley at Elmer Avenue for ideas! 



The first step is to find out if your soils allow water to quickly soak in. Perform a soil infiltration test by following the instructions in this Rainwater Harvesting Homeowner’s “How To” Guide.



The Safe Clean Water Program provides cost

saving incentives for removing paved surfaces and replacing them with sustainable landscapes. Visit for further information on where our water comes from, its connection to rivers and lakes upstream and how our actions can benefit our region.

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