Santa Barbara County remains in a drought emergency despite Governor Brown lifting the drought State of Emergency in April 2018 for most parts of California. Residents all over the state worked hard to conserve water and it has now become a way of life. Lake Cachuma is below 33%. It is critical we continue conserving water and finding new ways to do so. One way to save water is to transform your landscape to a more water wise garden. It is important to put in plants that do not need a lot of water and are climate appropriate. Santa Barbara County’s water conservation website, www.waterwisesb.org, has a lot of great information. Learn about sustainable landscaping, schedule a free water check-up for your home (or business) and learn more about where your water comes from along with other water facts. You may also be eligible for a Landscape Rebate Program by making your yard or garden more water wise.