By Michael Isberto |Features Editor|
CSUSB has joined the water conservation efforts by holding a water conservation garden workshop on May 19 and May 21 at the John M. Pfau Library.
Water conservation is a widely discussed topic, especially as California is in the midst of a drought.
There are many entities that sponsored the two-day event, including the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District, the city of San Bernardino Water Department, the CSUSB Water Resources Institute and the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District.
Many of these water conservation agencies have seen the state of California suffer its worst times.
California has seen droughts lasting decades.
While the current drought is a reminder that we must save water today, history teaches us that we must make long-term changes to the way we use our precious water resources in order to build a sustainable future.
“As recently as the 1960s, San Bernardino faced a drought lasting 20 years (1944 to 1964). The extreme nature of this drought motivated local residents to unite and form the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, which imports State Water Project water from Northern California,” stated iEfficient, an Inland Empire collaborative conservation effort comprised of water agencies and cities.
CSUSB’s own water conservation garden is situated on the north end of parking Lot G, and recently unveiled new artistic installments on the day of the workshops.
Artist Johnny Shield discussed his new art installment for the garden.
“In these first holes will be an eight foot by four foot sign. It’s a white gallery wall that’s going to have our rendition of the Mona Lisa’s background on it. This first hole that I’m digging will be a stool for the viewer to sit. In the second hole is going to be a golden frame that is suspended in front of the viewer. And the third hole is going to be a camera holder. So it’s essentially going to be a selfie maker that creates a Mona Lisa selfie,” said Shield.
The new installment will be bringing the classic element of the Mona Lisa with a modern twist.
Ideas like art installations, in and around the garden, will help bring awareness to the cause and will hopefully instill mindfulness about the issue.
“As an artist myself, I think it’s a great idea that art pieces will be featured to help students spend more time in the garden. The more time they spend in the garden, the more they might be submersed in the beauty of a landscape that saves water,” said Raquel Cuevas.
The water-wise landscaping found in the CSUSB conservation garden is one-way of helping support the efforts to save water in California.
For more information on how to conserve water and how to help California recover from this current water shortage, the water conservation garden workshops are free to the public.
If you happened to miss the workshops, there are many water saving workshops and classes appearing everywhere. You can find classes, a list of workshops in your area, or take an online class at BeWaterWise.com