On April 26th, 2022, Metropolitan Water conducted a public hearing where they adopted a resolution declaring a water shortage emergency. During May 2022 meetings, the City of Camarillo and Camarosa Water District both voted to reduce outdoor watering to one day per week. District staff held several discussions with the City of Camarillo and Camarosa Water District. The agencies agreed that it would be in the best interest for the District to reduce water throughout District parks by 30%, rather than limiting water to one day per week.
The District started turf removal projects FY 2021/2022. Two of the turf removal projects were completed; one at Pitts Ranch Park and one at Arneill Ranch Park for a total of 75,000 square feet. Both projects were completed in accordance with Be Water Wise.
During the May 2022 budget workshop. staff identified six parks in which turf could be replaced with drought tolerant landscape for a total of 235,000 sq ft. Read more about the Turf Mitigation Projects.