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Cal Fire warns of severe fire season

Cal Fire warns of severe fire season


AUBURN, Calif. - Cal Fire is warning of what may be a very long and very difficult fire season ahead.

"Over the next couple of months almost all of Northern California's gonna be at an above average potential for large and damaging wildfires," said Cal Fire spokesman Daniel Berlant.

The state has already seen 950 fires, triple the number in an average year. And the state is in the grip of the worst drought in recorded history.

"A lot of the green hillsides up and down the state are really just masking the dead grass that's been sitting there all winter long," Berlant points out.

At the Cal Fire station in Auburn, seasonal firefighters have been in place since the end of January, nearly three months earlier than usual.

Yolo County Receives Recognitions for Use of Green Power

Yolo County Receives Recognitions for Use of Green Power

Yolo County will be recognized next week at the Green California Summit with a Green California Leadership Award for 5.8 megawatts of ground-mounted, high-efficiency SunPower solar power systems installed at two county-owned sites in 2013, which at current utility rates, are eliminating the county’s annual $1.4 million electricity bill and generating $438,000 in annual revenues.  The Green California Leadership Awards were established to recognize outstanding environmental achievements in governments who undertake publicly financed and executed projects that provide a measurable benefit to the natural or human environment.

Despite the Rain, the Drought Remains

Despite the Rain, the Drought Remains

The Sacramento region is experiencing record-breaking dry conditions, and the Governor has declared a statewide drought emergency. While the recent wet weather provides some relief, it is unlikely to erase the effects of two back-to-back dry winters. Everyone needs to do their part to conserve water. Making small changes can save hundreds of gallons of water, keeping more in the lakes and rivers that make our region unique!

Read our water-saving tips below to see how low YOU can go!

Top Tips for Saving Water at Home
Inside:
• Limit showers to five minutes or less.
• Check plumbing and appliances for leaks and fix them within 48 hours.
• Install high-efficiency appliances such as toilets, showerheads, faucets, dishwashers and clothes washers. Learn about available rebates.

Outside:... Read More

Grant Funds offer Free Tire Disposal at the Yolo County Landfill

Grant Funds offer Free Tire Disposal at the Yolo County Landfill

(Woodland, CA) – Over 15 tons of tires have already been recycled through a CalRecycle Tire Amnesty grant that was awarded to the Yolo County Division of Integrated Waste Management.  Since funding is still available, now through the end of March, all Yolo County residents are being offered free tire recycling at the Yolo County Central Landfill for up to nine tires per household, farm or ranch.  Coupons are being sent in the mail and utility bills, and can also be found for downloading on Yolo County city websites.  A valid driver’s license or utility bill verifying Yolo County residency will be checked upon arrival at the landfill, located at 44090 County Road 28H at Road 104, and a coupon must be presented at that time for free disposal. 

Things to remember when participating in this free tire recycling event:

Get the Dirt on Soil

Get the Dirt on Soil

The West Sacramento Master Gardener program invites the public to ”Get the Dirt on Soil,” Saturday, March 8, 10 a.m.-noon at the Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Ave., West Sacramento, (916) 375-6465.

The workshop is free. The West Sacramento Master Gardeners are volunteers from the community who are trained by the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program. The Master Gardeners use research-based information to promote environmentally responsible and sustainable horticultural practices at home and in the community.

Next in the series: Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-noon, “Low Water Landscapes” at the Arthur F. Turner Library. Admission is free... Read More

Water-Wise Wednesdays in Woodland, in March

Water-Wise Wednesdays in Woodland, in March

Water-Wise-Wednesdays in Woodland Flyer

West Sacramento residents are invited to a free series of “water-wise” workshops each Wednesday in March. The workshops are 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the Woodland Community & Senior Center, 2001 East St., Woodland.

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Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District Rate Increase

Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District Rate Increase

The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San), which treats all of City of West Sacramento’s wastewater, has received a new wastewater discharge permit issued by the State of California. The new permit is very stringent and requires them to remove ammonia and install new filtration processes at the treatment plant... Read More