On April 15, 2015, in response the severe drought situation, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-29-15, which directed the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board), and the Department of Water Resources to develop regulations and/or restrictions to mitigate the effects of the drought. On May 5, 2015, in response to the governor's executive order, the Water Board approved mandatory water conservation regulations, including the prohibition of using potable water to irrigate ornamental turf in public street medians. This prohibition has since been made a permanent regulation by the state.
In response to the regulation, in 2017, the City Council approved a Capital Improvement Program (CIP) project regarding the renovation of nearly 11 acres of medians throughout the City. Known as the Landscape Transition Program - Median Project, the project is the culmination of a year's worth of community outreach efforts.