May 13, 2015
Contact: Alexandra Picavet
Contact: Howard Levitt
The drought is effecting lands, wildlife and people across the state of California. At Golden Gate National Recreation Area we are striving to model the best practices in sustainability and conservation while keeping people safe and protecting resources. In response to California’s severe drought, the park is committed to doing all it can to achieve the 25% reduction in urban water use mandated by Governor Jerry Brown. The park’s water conservation strategy addresses various water uses across the park, requiring water conservation, preventing water waste, and investing in new technologies.
The Park has made a noticeable effort to conserve, reducing overall water use by 18% from Fiscal Year 2013 to 2014. With additional efforts to conserve as well as measure, refine and update data, the park will reach the 25% water use reduction goal in 2015.
Specific water use reduction efforts include:
• Further reductions and elimination of irrigation in areas at Crissy Field, Fort Mason, Fort Baker and Stinson Beach
• Upgrading irrigation systems in anticipation of recycled water availability
• Letting grass on park lawns grow taller to encourage root growth to become more drought resistant
• Continuing to install low-flow and water-efficient fixtures and appliances
• Turning off showers and rinse stations as of May 22 at Stinson Beach, Rodeo Beach, Fort Point, Crissy Field, Baker Beach, China Beach and the Sloat Boulevard/Great Highway restroom facility
• Continuing to use saltwater in the primary public toilets at Alcatraz
• Working with park partners and concessioners to apply for water efficiency rebates and develop conservation plans
We regret the inconvenience these measures cause park visitors. These efforts will be in effect until the drought eases and mandatory restrictions are lifted.