David Zoldoske, director of the Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) at California State University, Fresno, has been appointed vice-chair of Assembly Bill 2717 Landscape Task Force by the California Urban Water Conservation Council.

The task force is a work group of public and private agencies and associations that evaluate and recommend proposals for improving the efficiency of water use in urban irrigated landscapes in the state. The group will report its recommendations to Governor Schwarzenegger by the end of the year.

California will have an estimated population increase of 15 million new residents in the next 25 years. Since 30 percent to 40 percent of water usage by individual households goes to the landscape, managing urban landscape irrigation is a top priority. The task force will recommend actions which could save the most water with the smallest required dollar investment.

In addition to his duties as director of the Center for Irrigation Technology, Zoldoske serves as the associate director of the California Water Institute and the director for the International Center for Water Technology, all housed at Fresno State.

The Center for Irrigation Technology functions as an independent testing laboratory, applied research facility and educational resource to both the public and private sectors. It is dedicated to advancing water and energy management practices and efficient irrigation technology.

(Copy prepared by University Communications student- intern Jennifer Stapp.)

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