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Natural Resource Conservation

The Natural Resource Conservation Division provides guidance, education, and management of the City’s natural resources for the benefit of Visalia’s citizens to help assure adequate water supplies, meet recycling mandates, reduce energy consumption, improve air quality and generally preserve and conserve our limited resources. Additionally, the Division manages the City’s cleanup of contaminated properties and operates the Visalia Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center in partnership with Tulare County.


The City Council adopted a revised water conservation ordinance and implemented Stage 4 - Water Emergency, which takes effect April 17. Stage 4 allows watering 1 day a week March-April and November-December, 2 days a week in May and October, and three days a week June-September. No watering will be allowed in January and February. Click on Stage 4 regulations which will go into effect April 17, 2014.

Supervised testing, adjusting, or repairing of irrigation systems is allowed any time for no more than five (5) minutes per station with official City of Visalia signage notifying the public of the testing.

On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Visalia Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Visalia Police Department Headquarters at 303 S. Johnson St. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.  Click on Got Drugs for full details.

Visalia's Earth Day celebration has been scheduled for Saturday May 3rd from 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at St. Johns Riverwalk (Ben Maddox & St. Johns River).  This years event will focus on water conservation and will include an exhibitor/vendors event,  multiple water efficiency workshops,  a birding walk which starts at 7:30 a.m., native / low-water use demonstration garden tour,  live music and a recycled art (Trashion) fashion show.  For those interested in participating in the bird watching tour please plan to be at St. Johns Riverwalk by 7:45 a.m. There will be lots of information on what's new in water conservation and water efficient landscaping practices, so come on out and enjoy Visalia's 2014 Earth Day event along St. Johns River

The City has developed a draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) to inventory greenhouse gases (GHGs) and provide a plan for reducing GHGs that contribute to climate change. The CAP contains a baseline inventory of GHG emissions in 2005 and projections of GHG emissions in 2020 and 2030 for the entire community and the subset of emissions due to the City's municipal operations. The CAP sets reduction goals of 15% below 2005 emissions by 2020 and 30% reduction by 2030 for both the community and municipal sectors and discusses and quantifies the measures to achieve those reductions. The CAP was developed in conjunction with the General Plan Update Environmental Impact Report (EIR), and the CAP, EIR and  General Plan Update will be presented to City in June or July 2014 for consideration.  You can download a copy of the CAP or visit VisaliaGeneralPlanUpdate.com to download all three documents and get an overview of the General Plan Update process. Comments are due no later than May 14, 2014, and can be submitted to nronline@ci.visalia.ca.us or through VisaliaGeneralPlanUpdate.com/comments

It's time for gardening!  The UC Master Gardeners of Tulare & Kings Counties host a number of FREE Garden Festivals where you can learn how to garden, prepare for this year's landscaping projects and home gardens.  Come walk through Master Gardener display booths and tables staffed by trained and knowledgeable volunteers.  They will have information on a wide variety of plants including fruits, veggies, herbs, ornamentals, natives, and landscape trees along with tips on saving water.  The displays will show you how to create sustainable landscapes, manage insects, diseases and much more.  Come ask your questions and learn from the UC Master Gardeners, your local gardening resource.  It's FREE and FUN! 
Click on
Garden Festivals for a list of other Master Gardener events scheduled or call (559)-684-3300 for more information.

The Natural Resource Conservation Division is soliciting applications for two hourly positions..  Submit resume (application must be included) by mail, email, or fax to: Nathan M. Garza, City of Visalia Natural Resource Conservation Division, 425 E. Oak Ave., Suite 101, Visalia, CA 93291; email ngarza@ci.visalia.ca.us; fax 713-4817. These positions are open until filled.

Please click on the position below for additional information.
Hourly Office Assistant
Hourly Water Conservation Education Coordinator

The City of Visalia has shifted utility billing from Cal Water to Global Fathom. Click on 
Global Fathom to go to their website.  Global Fathom is based in Arizona and is the City’s primary contact for utility services. Hours of operation for phone calls is 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., PST. Toll free number is: 855-203-1315.

Click a link below to learn about other conservation programs in Visalia


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