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Slow it. Spread it. Sink it. The S4 Guide for Water Conservation


Slow it. Spread it. Sink it.
The S4 Guide for Water Conservation

It is apparent from the recent onslaught of storms, and extensive damage from flooding and erosion, that being prepared for this variable weather is key to protecting property and natural resources. As we emerge from a five year drought and with California’s new Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, tools to assist local landowners with water resource management are needed now more than ever. The Sonoma Resource Conservation District’s Slow it. Spread it. Sink it. Store it! Guide, or S4 Guide for short, offers beneficial stormwater management and water conservation strategies for urban, rural, and agricultural landowners. This updated publication includes strategies such as rainwater catchment and water storage techniques, rain gardens, downspout protection, and much more, as well as an extensive local Resources Guide. The S4 Guide provides straightforward best management practices that can help to protect and replenish surface water and groundwater resources, offset groundwater use, reduce erosion and pollution, while providing many other benefits. 

Traditional building and landscaping practices were designed to dispose of stormwater as quickly as possible. This outdated paradigm can result in significant damage to land, structures, and the surrounding environment. Slowing down, spreading and sinking stormwater can help protect your property & increase its value, provide a free source of water for irrigation, conserve drinking water, beautify your landscape, and much more! The S4 Guide is available for download only, no printed copies will be distributed at this time. Download your copy here: 

If you have a natural resource concern on your property and are interested in learning what the RCD can do to help, please contact us at 707.569.1448, email us at or visit our website at We look forward to hearing from you!

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