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Make a Star of Your Water-Wise Yard in the #RethinkYourYard Photo Contest

By August 31, 2016News, News & Info

SACRAMENTO–Did you tear out your thirsty lawn? Plant some beautiful low-water use plants? Install water-wise drip irrigation? Cut water use and eliminate weekend gardening chores?

Here’s your chance to show off your water-wise yard in a BIG way in the #RethinkYourYard photo contest, sponsored by the Regional Water Authority and local water providers.

The contest invites Sacramento-area residents to take a selfie in their water-wise landscape and submit the photo online at for a chance to be featured on digital billboards throughout the Sacramento region in October. Entrants will also be eligible to win gift cards from local nurseries each week.

“Never before has there been such interest in creating colorful, vibrant low-water landscapes,” said Amy Talbot, RWA Water Efficiency Program Manager. “The contest is a really fun way encourage people to tell their story—and to highlight the beautiful results.”

The #RethinkYourYard photo contest is part of the Regional Water Authority’s #RethinkYourYard outreach campaign, which is aimed at continuing the momentum created by the drought to use water wisely and encourages people to take a fresh look at their landscape to determine if it’s time to change from thirsty to water thrifty.

The campaign—currently running on billboards, online and on radio—features people from throughout the Sacramento region who have embraced a water-wise lifestyle and decided to make permanent, long-term changes in the way they use water every day.

The deadline to enter is September 25, 2016, and the grand prize winner will be featured on digital billboards in October—a perfect time of year to plant a new landscape. “Planting in the fall gives your plants a great opportunity to set down some roots and get well established,” Talbot said. “The peak heat of summer has passed, the soil is still warm and the rains are, hopefully, on their way.”

To further highlight #RethinkYourYard and the contest, RWA is partnering with several nurseries throughout the Sacramento region that sell low-water use plants. Prize teams from radio station Jack-FM (93.7 FM) will be on hand to spread the word and give away t-shirts, hats and other prizes.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

  • 12:30 to 2 p.m.: Green Acres at 205 Serpa Way in Folsom
  • 3:30 to 5 p.m.: Plant Foundry at 3500 Broadway in Sacramento

Saturday, September 17, 2016

  • 9 to 10:30 a.m.: Bakers Nursery at 3363 Taylor Rd. in Loomis
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Green Acres at 901 Galleria Blvd in Roseville
  • 2:30 to 4 p.m.: The Secret Garden at 8450 West Stockton Blvd. in Elk Grove

 Sunday, September 18, 2016

  • 10 to 11:30 a.m.: Green Acres at 8501 Jackson Rd. in Sacramento
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m.: El Dorado Nursery at 3931-C Durock Rd in Shingle Springs

Eligible contest entrants must be a customer of one of RWA’s member agencies. Complete rules and guidelines are available at

Learn more about the contest and ways to #Rethink Your Yard at

About the Regional Water Authority: RWA is a joint powers authority representing two dozen water providers and affiliates in the greater Sacramento area. Its primary mission is to help its members protect and enhance the reliability, availability, affordability and quality of water resources.