Policy Summary

This chapter sets forth specific watering restrictions for "noncommercial vegetable gardening," and thereby allows for additional watering for that use beyond what is allowed for general landscape irrigation in chapter 15.44.

Background Information

State California
Jurisdiction Name Merced
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Food System Category Grow; Get;
Evidence for Health

This policy may correspond to diet-related strategies identified by the County Health Rankings’ What Works for Health tool, including:

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We understand that this information is not comprehensive. It also does not include other important forms of evidence such as community members’ lived experiences and practice-based evidence.

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

See language such as "vegetable gardening has become a popular way to supplement food sources," and "fruits." §§ 15.44.010, 15.44.030.

Environmental goal?

See language such as "water shortage emergency," "conservation regulations" and "runoff." §§ 15.44.010, 15.44.030.

Economic goal?

See language allowing for "non-commercial sale," which is defined to include "incidental direct selling of produce from such vegetable garden to the public." §§ 15.44.030 to 15.44.040.

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"On January 19, 1993, the city council declared that a water shortage emergency exists and as a result has adopted mandatory water conservation regulations and restrictions. The city recognizes that noncommercial vegetable gardening has become a popular way to supplement food sources by its citizens. The city further recognizes that watering vegetables is critical during certain periods of development and that some vegetables require a consistent supply of water or moisture in order to grow. The purpose of this chapter is to provide specific watering restrictions that only apply to non-commercial vegetable gardens as defined in this chapter." § 15.44.010.

Includes definitions?

§ 15.44.030.


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