New grant funding will benefit CVWD’s rebate program that pays customers to remove turf and install desert landscaping. In addition, the grant will fund construction of a demonstration garden along the CV Link near the District’s Palm Desert campus on Hovley Lane East.
The funds are a portion of a $1.38 million Proposition 1 grant the CV Water Counts Regional Conservation Program received from the California Department of Water Resources. The grant kicks off a landscape transformation initiative that will replace up to 511,700 square feet of turf and save 28.6 million gallons of water annually in the Coachella Valley.
CVWD’s turf removal program expects $208,000 in funding. It will offer rebates at $2 per square for replacing existing turf with low- water desert landscaping.
The demonstration garden will feature native plants and sustainable landscaping techniques appropriate to the Coachella Valley.
CVWD will announce more information and application procedures as details become available.