Southwestern Deserts

February, 2002
Regional Report

Shows & Events

Youth Gardening Conference
The 5th annual "Growing Awareness" conference is open to anyone interested in gardening with children. It features hands-on workshops for gardening skills and creating art in the garden, resources to develop and sustain a program, techniques for linking gardening with curriculum, and tours of diverse youth gardens. It will take place February 22-23, 2002 at Metro Tech High School, 1900 West Thomas Road, Phoenix. The Conference is sponsored by The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. For more detail, go to Growing Awareness Conference Web site or call 602-470-8086, ext. 308.

Local Buzz

Gray Water Now Okay to Use
Arizona has changed its regulations regarding the use of gray water, making it easier to use this valuable resource to water landscapes. (Gray water is household water not coming from a kitchen sink, dishwasher or toilet.) Homeowners no longer need to submit design plans or water samples to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality. However, they must follow 13 "best management practices" (BMPs) as described by the State. You can download them from Arizona Administrative Code. (The site takes a while to load; the specific info is found in Title 18, Chapter 9, Article 7) or call the nearest ADEQ office. A list of offices can be found at the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Web site. Some local governments may have more restrictive policies, so check with your city or county before proceeding.

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