SustainAbility Newsletter

Reclaimed Water


Reclaimed water or recycled water is treated to remove solids and certain impurities, and is a terrific used for sustainable landscape irrigation or to recharge groundwater aquifers. The water conservation that reclaimed water brings is a terrific solution for previously used water and stormwater rather than discharging the treated water to surface waters such as rivers and oceans.

Most water systems need to dispose of reclaimed water somewhere…. so why not just put it in landscapes right?  
However there is also a problem with reclaimed water, many times that most are not aware of, and that problem is sodium. Most reclaimed water contains high levels of sodium.  When reclaimed water is used for irrigation the sodium becomes held in the soil, and continues to build up the more it is applied until it reaches a toxic level for the plants, and the landscape becomes damaged. 
Have you ever seen a white crusts that develops on a dead landscapes soil after the water evaporates?
Sodium is the invisible poison in water.   You will never see it, but it will slowly poison the soil and kill the landscape.  The plants will not look aesthetically pleasing and will become stressed. 
The solution is simple and cost effective.  Use fertigation to inject specially formulated organic products to release the sodium, and to build the soil biology to produce a healthy soil.  This will move the sodium out of the root zone and restore the health of the landscape.


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Urbana University - First Bird Campus USA

Bird Campus USAUrbana University, an ISC Charter Member, recently became the first Bird Campus USA member in the country.  Steve Jones, PhD, President of Urbana University indicated that participation in the Bird Campus USA program was a logical step to take, not only because the program provides a mechanism to implement part of the Universities Sustainability Charter connected with stewardship, but because it will both contribute to the conservation of birds, as well as save the University money connected with campus management. 

Dr. Jones said, “With the financial assistance of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, we have identified 14 acres on the campus that we previously maintained in turfgrass.  Those areas are now being restored to native Ohio prairie habitat. This will not only reduce the time, money and resources that we expended in maintaining turfgrass, but we will be helping several species of prairie habitat oriented bird species.  In addition, we have created a learn by doing experience for students, faculty and administration that will result in a community environmental education asset.”

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References and Sources used in this issue of SustainAbility Newsletter Include:

Audubon Lifestyles

The International Sustainability Council 


American Society of Golf Course Architects

Sustainability Campaign

Cold Climate Housing Research Center

The State of the Birds

Green Living Tips

The Daily Green

Energy Star

Bird City, Kansas 

Urbana University

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A Coalition for Good - Spreading the Seeds of Sustainability

ISC-Audubon is a coalition of non-profit organizations and initiatives that include The International Sustainability Council (ISC), Audubon Lifestyles, Audubon Outdoors, Planit Green, Broadcast Audubon, and the Audubon Network for Sustainability. 

Funds generated through memberships and donations are used to provide fruit & vegetable seeds, wildflower seed mix, and wildlife feed & birdseed to urban and suburban communities around the world. These seeds are used by communities to establish fruit and vegetable gardens, bird and wildlife sanctuaries, and for the beautification of urban and suburban landscapes by creating flower and native plant gardens.

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