Our network

Environment

Free Davis Wetlands tour March 5

Free Davis Wetlands tour March 5

DAVIS - The City of Davis Wetlands is open to the public for a monthly guided tour on Saturday March 5 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. These specially created wetlands use treated waste and storm water to create habitat for year round residents and migrating birds wintering in the Davis area.

Killdeer abound at the entrance to the Davis Wetlands, running in spurts under the solar panels. Their distinct call, kill-deer, can be heard repeatedly as they circle above on slender, rapidly-beating wings. These tawny shorebirds, slender members of the plover family, have two distinct, black breast bands and a red eye-ring.

Although many species of waterfowl are starting to return to their nesting areas in the north, a wide variety of ducks can still be seen at the Wetlands. Ruddy Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Canvasbacks, American Widgeons, Northern Pintails and Buffleheads were recently sighted.

Yolo County among smartest areas for transit innovation

Yolo County among smartest areas for transit innovation

What do Yolo County and New York City have in common? Turns out they’re both on the Natural Resource Defense Council’s list of “America’s Smartest Regions for Transportation.”

The study, created in collaboration with the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), compares and profiles U.S. regions based on public transit availability, “use and cost; household automobile ownership and use; and innovative, sustainable transportation programs,” eventually coming up with the 15 U.S.

Yolo Land Trust announces new board members

Yolo Land Trust announces new board members

WOODLAND - During its most recent Board of Directors meeting, the Yolo Land Trust elected its 2011 slate of officers and welcomed new board members Jessica Kilkenny, Bob Marr and Chris Scheuring. The new Board of Directors officers are:

President - Mary Kimball
Vice President - Chris Sinclair
Treasurer - Kathy Ward
Secretary - Kristen Bennett

Mary Kimball, the Executive Director of the Center for Land Based Learning, is serving her second term as president. Chris Sinclair, Walnut Manager of Woodside Electronics Corporation, becomes the vice president for his first term. Kathy Ward, Director of Research and Development Finance and Operations at Seminis Vegetable Seeds, moves to treasurer, and Kristen Bennett, Project Leader/Senior Scientist at Monsanto Company, continues as secretary.

Jessica Kilkenny is Vice President/Commercial Loan Manager at First Northern Bank where she manages the daily operations of the Winters Branch.

Todd Green, UC Davis professor, wins science development award

Todd Green, UC Davis professor, wins science development award

DAVIS - The National Science Foundation has given an early career development award to Todd Green, assistant professor of computer science at UC Davis. The prestigious CAREER award is worth $550,000 over five years and will support Green's work on making better use of data warehouses -- huge repositories of data collected by businesses and other organizations.

Businesses want to use that data, such as sales records, to make better decisions, Green said. But the sheer scale of the data warehouses makes it difficult to query a database and get answers quickly. The results of queries are usually discarded.

Green's project, called "Scrapple," aims to save these query results and use them to generate answers to new, related queries.

U.S. officials to highlight cleanup efforts at Superfund Site

U.S. officials to highlight cleanup efforts at Superfund Site

DAVIS - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Jared Blumenfeld, U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson and Cal EPA - DTSC Assistant Deputy Director for Site Cleanup Ray Le Clerc will host a press conference and media tour on Feb. 23 to provide details for recent exciting energy conservation and cleanup accomplishments at the Frontier Fertilizer Superfund Site in Davis.

Blumenfeld, Thompson and Le Clerc will join the Mayor Pro Tem of Davis and key state and local partners to reveal details for how EPA has infused a green foundation into much needed infrastructure improvements at the site while simultaneously speeding the cleanup remedy by more than 150 years.

The press conference will begin at 12 p.m. at the Frontier Fertilizer Superfund Site located at 3901 2nd Street.

February 2011 marks the two year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 being signed into law by President Barack Obama.

City to continue annual water flushing program Feb. 21

City to continue annual water flushing program Feb. 21

VACAVILLE - The second week of the City of Vacaville's water quality flushing program is set to begin Feb. 21.

Public Works crews will continue flushing areas east of Peabody Road and south of Alamo Drive during the second week of the program.

For more information contact the Utilities Department at (707) 469-6400 or Public Works/Field Utilities at (707) 469-6550.

 

City set to begin annual water quality flushing

City set to begin annual water quality flushing

VACAVILLE - The City of Vacaville Public Works Department is conducting its annual citywide water quality flushing program. The program begins Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011 and is expected to continue for approximately eight to 12 weeks. The flushing program helps the city maintain high water quality service to consumers in Vacaville.

City crews will begin flushing in the general area of Peabody Road south of Alamo Drive and in the direction towards Foxboro Drive.

Since the initial 1993 flushing, few customers have noticed problems with water quality during the flushing process. However, there may be a few short-term side effects. These temporary effects could include silt or colored water at the tap and a temporary drop in pressure. In addition, air may be introduced into the system giving water a milky-white coloring. This will subside within 24 hours after flushing.