“We’re thrilled that our dedicated staff is being recognized by EPA for honoring our veterans’ sacrifices through environmentally sustainable landscape management,” Sacramento Valley National Cemetery Director Cynthia D.F. Nuñez said. “We’re proud to be able to maintain a beautiful facility worthy of our Nation’s heroes while simultaneously doing what’s right for the environment.”
The cemetery’s water use reduction was achieved through the installation of a Moisture Monitoring Sensor and Irrigation Control System, as well as adjustments to the system that eliminated improper distribution and turned off the irrigation system after rainfall. These measures were particularly important as the cemetery is located in California, which has water reduction goals set by an executive order from Gov. Jerry Brown.
“California is in the fourth year of a major drought and experiencing one of the driest periods in its recorded history,” EPA Pacific Southwest Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld said. “Through innovative technology and planning, the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery was able to conserve water and preserve the green landscaping our veterans and their families deserve.”