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Natural Resource Conservation: 713-4531

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.

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NATURAL RESOURCE CONSERVATION ANALYST RECRUITMENT
Under general direction, independently coordinates programs, projects, activities and functions relating to conservation issues; exercises initiative in carrying out a variety of professional, administrative, technical, and analytical assignments in such areas as energy efficiency and conservation, alternative energy, greenhouse gas emissions, air quality, solid waste diversion, and water conservation.  To learn more about the Natural Resource Conservation Division's analyst position please click on
Analyst.  Applicants are encouraged to APPLY ONLINE by visiting the City’s Human Resources website and clicking on “Job Openings.”

HOURLY OFFICE ASSISTANT RECRUITMENT 
The Natural Resource Conservation Division is seeking an hourly office assistant.  The office assistant serves as the front line representative for the Natural Resource Conservation Division's programs and performs a variety of other administrative and clerical functions in support of the division's mission including assisting with correspondence, coordinating mass mailings, preparing materials, etc.  Click on hourly office assistant to learn more about job duties, required skills, etc.  If interested in applying please complete the Hourly Application and submit it (resume may 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. This position is open until filled. 

LOW-WATER USE DEMONSTRATION GARDENS
Interested is saving money and water?  Consider replacing your lawn with a low-water use garden. You can help to conserve more by reducing the amount of lawn you have, planting low-water use plants and trees, installing a drip irrigation system or adding a weather based smart controller.  To learn more click on Visalia’s Low-Water Use Demonstration Gardens to find the perfect trees, shrubs, plants and flowers for your landscape.
  
Do you already have a low-water use landscape?  If so consider printing and posting the Save Our Water landscape sign and let your neighbors know that you are helping to conserve our most precious resource.

LOW-WATER USE LANDSCAPE DESIGN AWARD
Low water gardening is an alternative way of gardening that reduces water use.  It doesn't mean ripping out your lawn and replacing it with gravel and cactus.  Instead, it refers to applying low water principals in your landscape plan, including choosing low water use plants, using wood chips in your beds to reduce evaporation, adding compost to your solid to improve water capacity, and using sensible watering practices. 
The Visalia Environmental Committee is now recognizing local landscapes that demonstrate a meaningful reduction in outdoor water use.  Visalia residents and businesses interested in applying are encouraged to click on Visalia's Low-Water Use Landscape Design Award and complete the following questions with as much information as you have available. Attach photos and other informational materials as applicable. 

CLEAN GREEN YARD MACHINE
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is currently accepting applications for its Clean Green Yard Machines (CGYM) Rebate Program which provides incentives for Valley residents to replace their old gas lawn mowers in favor of nonpolluting electric lawn mowers. For more information please review the program guidelines and application by clicking here.


ENERGYSAGE MARKETPLACE
The City of Visalia is excited to announce the launch of the Visalia EnergySage Marketplace website.  The site provides quotes online from multiple, pre-screened solar PV installers and will assist Visalia businesses and residents in comparing offers in an apples-to-apples format across all financing options at no cost to them.
To learn more click on EnergySageVisalia

HOME-GENERATED SHARPS
The new
Home-Generated Sharps Waste Collection Program goes into effect on July 1st, 2014.  Sharps will only be accepted in approved certified sharps containers. For more information please click here.  

MANDATORY STAGE 4 WATER CONSERVATION
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 went into effect April 17, 2014.

IRRIGATION TESTING & REPAIRS 
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.


DRAFT CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
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.

UTILITY BILLING CHANGE
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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