|Natural Resource Conservation|The Natural Resource Conservation Division (559-713-4531) 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.
Click on a link below to learn about other conservation programs available here in Visalia:
GET READY TO CHECK YOUR TIMERS...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.
La Etape 4 en las regulaciones de agua. O envíe un correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org
UCCE MASTER GARDENERS EVENT
The UCCE Master Gardeners of Tulare & Kings Counties are hosting a Water Conservation Workshop on October 11th from 9am to noon at St. Johns Riverwalk (Ben Maddox & St. Johns River). Come on out and learn tips and tricks on how to adapt your garden and lawn for less water use. For more information please click on Water Workshop.
CALLING ALL STUDENT ARTISTS
Do you know a Valley student from kindergarten through high school age who loves to create? Help them showcase their work in the annual Healthy Air Living Kids’ Calendar! The deadline for entries is Monday, Oct. 6 for the annual, four-color, bilingual, wall calendar, produced with the help of Valley students who illustrate the ways we can live healthy air lives, with accompanying clean-air messages. Twenty-thousand copies are printed and distributed free of charge to schools, community groups, healthcare facilities, churches and nonprofit organizations throughout the Valley. Click on Healthy Air Living Calendar for more information.
GOT DRUGS? - NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE-BACK DAY
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The City of Visalia Police Department located at 303 S. Johnson will accept old and unwanted prescription medications between 10am and 2:00pm on Saturday September 27th, 2014. For more information please click on "Got Drugs".
Delta Vector Control District is stepping up their efforts to ward off mosquitoes that cause the West Nile Virus. Visalia Residents are urged to help reduce their risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases by following these guidelines:
LOW-WATER USE DEMONSTRATION GARDENS
- Report mosquitoes by calling 877-732-8606 or by clicking on Delta Vector.
- Dump or drain standing water. Mosquitoes can't begin their lives without water.
- Defend yourself against mosquitoes by using repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
- Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are present, typically dawn and dusk.
- Report neglected swimming pools by calling 732-8606 or by clicking on Delta Vector. Anonymous calls are accepted. Just one neglected pool can produce more than1 million mosquitoes and affect people up to five miles away.
Report dead birds to the state hotline: 1-877-968-2473 or online by clicking on report. All reports are crucial, even if the bird does not meet criteria for testing. Residents are reminded to get rid of standing water in their yards. If you have concerns about mosquitoes in your area, you can call Delta Vector Control District at 732-8606 or by visiting their office located at 1737 W. Houston Ave. in Visalia between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to get FREE mosquito fish for ornamental ponds, horse troughs or neglected swimming pools.
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.
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.
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.
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.