Environmental Sustainability and Energy Efficiency

Sustainable Landscaping

Spring Stormwater Pollution Prevention Tips

Spring Stormwater Pollution Prevention Tips

Are you looking forward to spending some time in your garden this spring after this year’s wet winter?  If you have plans to work on your lawn and garden, keep the following tips in mind to protect our local water quality!

  • Collect lawn and garden clippings and compost them or dispose of them in your green waste bin.  Blowing or sweeping debris into the street can cause flooding and harmful effects downstream once it reaches the storm drain system.

  • Erosion washes sediment and debris into the storm drain system, polluting waterways. Prevent erosion and sediment runoff by using ground cover, berms, and vegetation down-slope to capture runoff. Mulching for ground cover is also a great way to use the garden clippings you are looking to discard!

  • Check your irrigation system for leaks and make sure you are not watering too frequently.  Overwatering causes runoff from your lawn and garden to the storm drain system.  Pesticides, fertilizers, and even suspended soil particles from these landscaped areas all cause harmful impacts to the aquatic environment downstream.

  • Consider upgrading your landscaping with green alternatives like reducing lawn area and replacing with water efficient plants along with mulch, gravel, or turf. When you use these practices to control the flow and infiltration of water in your landscape, you’re helping to keep toxins and debris out of the storm drain system as well as capture water naturally — a WIN-WIN for you and the environment. Literally!  You can win funds from the Buellton Beautiful Landscape Rebate Program! (Learn more here.)

To learn more about protecting local water quality and take a stormwater survey to help us identity other outreach areas, please visit CityofBuellton.com

or contact Public Works at (805) 688-5177 or email us at swmp@cityofbuellton.com.

Fix a Leak Week

Fix a Leak Week

Did you know that minor leaks account for over 1 trillion gallons of water wasted each year? Fix your leaks and celebrate Fix a Leak Week during March 18–24, 2024. Visit the Fix a Leak Week webpage at https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week for information on how to identify and fix leaks around your home and workplace.

How are we doing?

The City of Buellton welcomes feedback on our Stormwater Management Program and public outreach.

To provide your input, take the survey on our website or contact Public Works at (805) 688-5177 or email us at swmp@citvofbueliton.com

Rainwater Harvesting

It’s summertime on the central coast and probably the best time to do work outdoors. Now is the time to get your home garden ready for the next rainy season.

Rainwater harvesting is great to consider when coming up with ideas for your garden. Rain barrels and rain gardens are two ways used to divert and detain stormwater runoff for use in your garden. By capturing rain water, potable water can be replaced by using harvested water, and runoff is reduced which helps protect our creeks, streams, and other water bodies.

Funds still available for the “Buellton Beautiful” Landscape Rebate Program

APPLY NOW! The City of Buellton is excited to announce that the newly-expanded “Buellton Beautiful” Landscape Rebate Program is now accepting applications! Improve the landscaping in the front yard of your home or business while also improving water efficiency!  The updated program offers more flexibility and additional opportunities for participation! Now being offered to both Buellton residents and businesses, the newly-expanded program offers the following opportunity. Don’t miss out! $2.00 rebate per square foot of improved landscaping Maximum of $1,000 for eligible residential or commercial properties Applies to front yards or setback areas visible from the street Existing front yard does not need to have living landscaping Applications must be approved in advance of work being started All Buellton residents and business tenants/property owners are encouraged to apply! The City Council has allocated $25,000 toward this program for Fiscal Year 20/21. Apply Now! Available funds will go fast! Additional restrictions apply. For further details on the program, please visit the City’s website application or contact the Planning Department at 805-688-7474. Applications are available in the City Planning office or can be downloaded by clicking this link – Landscape Rebate Application 

Water Wise Gardening

  • The biggest potential for water savings is outdoors.
  • While a 15 minute shower uses 30 gallons, watering an average lawn for 15 minutes uses 700 gallons!

Green Gardener Program

The Green Gardener Program for Santa Barbara County educates local gardeners in resource efficient and pollution prevention landscape maintenance practices. The Green Gardener Program is a regional program designed to offer education, training, and promotion of participating gardeners and landscape maintenance contractors.

Here’s an updated list  (updated February 2021) of the Certified Green Gardeners in Santa Barbara County.


City Hall Landscape Makeover

Completed in September 2015, this project was a culmination of City staff and landscape architect design ideas, a conservation corps grant and crews to help with the tear-out and installation of new drought-tolerant landscape and hardscape.

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