April 2016
Mt. San Antonio from Rancho Cucamonga: photo by Amanda Walker
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An Info Update on Landscape Maintenance Districts - LMD 2 and LMD 4-R

Since January 2014, the Public Works Services Department has designed and implemented the Victoria Neighborhood Parks and Landscape Maintenance District (LMD 2) and the Terra Vista Planned Community (LMD -4R) Landscape and Renovation Project. Public Works worked with Architerra Landscape Design on the design of the Landscape Renovation Project which adhered to the City's drought condition requirements. The Landscape Renovation Project focused on low water landscape design that would meet the new state drought conditions for landscaped medians with turf.

The Base Line Median (LMD-4R) project began in August 2014 and was completed in January 2015. The second project to get started was the Terra Vista Parkway Median project (LMD 4-R) which began in June 2015 and was completed in August 2015. Milliken and Victoria Park Lane Median (LMD 2) project was the final project that began on June 2015 and was completed in August 2015.The irrigation systems for these projects were converted to drip irrigation to meet the state water runoff and retention requirements set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The materials used in this project are water permeable, which will reduce water runoff and ensure that the plants are watered more efficiently. The landscape modifications included the protection of healthy tree species and applying appropriate water to mature tree species. The liquidambar trees were removed from the medians due to a bacterial disease called Xylella Fastidiosa and was replaced with the Chinese Pistache trees to retain the vertical and fall characteristics predominant on Victoria Park Lane.

These new landscape designs will save approximately 25-30 percent in water use on future billings. These projects qualified for the Water Smart Turf Rebate program and allowed Public Works to offset the costs to LMD 2 and LMD 4-R. These Landscape and Renovation Projects turf removal will also reduce future maintenance costs and lane closures. Finally, these low water use landscape applications will continue in LMD 2 and LMD 4-R as more funds become available.