Join Surfrider SLO Ocean Friendly Gardens, along with the County of San Luis Obispo, the City of Atascadero, and the Atascadero Mutual Water Company for a Watershed Wise Landscape Professional Training event by the Green Gardens Group (G3).

This event will be held at the Pavilion on the Lake in Atascadero (9315 Pismo Ave, Atascadero, CA 93422)

This is a two day training event taking place on Thursday, June 29, and Friday, June 30, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days (attendance both days is mandatory for certification).

G3’s US EPA WaterSense recognized Watershed Wise Landscape Professional Certification (WWLP) qualifies conservation, water quality and landscape professionals to evaluate irrigation systems, factor rainwater use efficiency into outdoor water efficiency analysis, and to reduce urban runoff and stormwater pollution. The WWLP workshop provides its participants with a deeper understanding of the plant/soil/water relationship, plant water requirements, landscape water budgeting, irrigation management and using rainwater as a resource to reduce landscape water and resource use, regardless of the climate in which the landscape is situated. Today’s professionals need to be more than water wise, they need to become Watershed Wise in order to manage the limited resources of the planet without sacrificing the beauty and functionality of our landscapes.

Four Steps To WWLP Certification:
•Complete 2 Day (16 hour) WWLP coursework offered in your area by a G3 Qualified WWLP Trainer. Coursework includes Conducting an Irrigation Audit and Site Assessment, Removing Turf and Building Living Soil through Sheet Mulching, and Designing a Passive Rainwater Catchment System (Rain Garden)
•Successfully Pass the WWLP Certification Exam
•Submit a Whole Landscape Site Evaluation
•Maintain Annual CEU Requirements

WWLP Learning Objectives:
•Conduct a Landscape Water Audit and Site Evaluation
•Design Projects within Water Budgets using Plant Factors
•Use Soil Food Web Principles to Remove Lawn without chemicals and Build Living Soil
•Size and Site a Rain Garden that holds on to First Flush
•Calculate Irrigation Run Times and Precipitation Rates to Eliminate Dry-weather Runoff
•Select Highly Efficient New Techniques and Technologies

Benefits of WWLP Certification
•G3’s Watershed Wise Landscape Professional certification is recognized as a WaterSense labeled Professional Certification Program for Irrigation System Auditing and qualifies for work opportunities with WaterSense new homes projects, federal facilities, and LEED projects.
•Competence – Imagine yourself walking on to any property and competently making irrigation calculations of Water Budgets, Plant Water Requirements, Precipitation Rates, and program Total Irrigation Run Times.
•WWLP Certified Professionals are LID-ready for integrated water management projects.
•Use of the “Look For WaterSense” promotional logo and WWLP Badge next to your name on your business cards, website and marketing materials.
•Inclusion in WaterSense’s online Directory of Certified Professionals and increased exposure to customers through national recognition from EPA as an environmental steward. •WaterSense also has helpful tools and materials that are accessible by Certified Professionals.
•Discounts (up to 20%) on G3-hosted events and training, including training that qualifies for your annual CEUs.
•Inclusion in G3’s Soil Party, a direct private connection to hundreds of other Certified Professionals across the U.S. and Canada, creating a highly diverse and talented “Think Tank” for you to grow your own business and professional network.

To register and learn more about the event visit: Space is limited, and registration will be closed when the limit is reached.

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