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VALLEY DROUGHT 2015 - Cities May Get Increased Water Restrictions

VALLEY DROUGHT 2015 - Cities May Get Increased Water Restrictions

Brand new numbers are out on water usage, and as a state we're doing horribly.

 Water use was down almost 3% in February. That may seem good, but usage was down over 20% in December.

Who's hogging all the water?  Turns out Clovis is guzzling it down. Water usage there was actually up 3%.

Fresno was down 7%.

And Visalia was down over 14%.

 The biggest offenders are in San Diego and Los Angeles. Those areas use almost 70% of the water in the state.

Now, Governor Brown's plans to drop water usage by 25% could be going up for areas that use more than their fair share.

People who live in Clovis, Exeter, Hanford, Kerman, Kingsburg, Lemoore, Los Banos, Merced and Visalia could be looking at mandatory 35% water cuts. Those cities are on a list of over 100 who use what the state calls too much water per person. Because of that, state officials will decide later this month whether to hit these communities with stricter water laws.

Volunteer Opportunities at Clovis Botanical Garden

Volunteer with Clovis Botanical Garden - Get Involved!

Volunteer experiences are available for virtually every interest and experience level. One day group projects or weekend special events are perfect if you have limited time or are just starting out.

Greeters are volunteers who welcome visitors and staff the Information Center/Gift Shoppe.

Docents are volunteers who lead tours of the garden, represent CBG at community events and educate visitors.

There are many benefits to being a CBG volunteer.

Personal growth: Attend educational workshops to develop and enhance your own skills and abilities

Interpersonal Skills: Gain experience, confidence, physical well - being and leadership skills.

Friendships: Meet and make new friends who share your commitment to our community.

Resources: Know that your contributions are valued and recognized.

Take the first step!

Learn About (and buy) Water-Wise Plants

Learn About (and buy) Water-Wise Plants

The 5th Annual ‘SPRING INTO YOUR GARDEN’ Festival is Saturday, March 28, 2015.

 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Clovis Botanical Garden 945 N. Clovis Avenue (just north of Alluvial Avenue at Dry Creek Park)

Enjoy a relaxing spring day in the Garden or buy some water-wise and California native plants for your own garden. 

Like to learn more about these plants? There will be Garden presentations on the hour starting at 10:00 a.m. Experts Ellinor Teague, Thelma Valdez, and Madeleine Mitchell will share information on water-wise plants for your home landscape.

 Landscape designer consultations are available with designers John Pape and Terry Key for a $25 donation to CBG; call Georgia at 287-2320 to schedule an appointment.

Exhibits and Food vendors Casa de Tamales and P&R Fusion with Peruvian & American cuisine will also be there.

This will cost $5.00 for adults; CBG members are FREE. 

Robotics Team Headed To World Festival

Robotics Team Headed To World Festival

Congratulations to the outstanding Riverview Elementary School Robotics Team who will be representing the Central Valley at the Robotics World Festival in St. Louis, April 22-25, 2015. At the World Festival, they will compete with 107 teams from around the world!

The FAB 5 is a first year robotics team consisting of five sixth grade boys, Noah Arsitio, Corben Beaty Jeffrey Forbes, Evan Murai, and Daniel Shin. They competed among more than 100 teams in the Central Valley Region and placed first at the 2014 FLL Central Valley Robotics Championship in December.

Storm Preps - How To Stay Safe

Storm Preps - How To Stay Safe

As the first large storm of 2015 moves toward Northern and Central California packing heavy rain and gusty winds, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is hard at work preparing for the storm and reminds customers to have a preparedness plan ready as well for potential power outages and other storm related hazards.  The utility is closely tracking the weather system and mobilizing crews and materials into areas that will feel the brunt of the storm, so they can get to work and restore service to impacted customers more quickly.

FREE Smog Repairs December 6th

FREE Smog Repairs December 6th

Where To See Fall Foliage

Where To See Fall Foliage

It’s time to enjoy Fall colors in our backyard. CaliforniaFallColor.com has this to say about Yosemite National Park:

The famed exotic sugar maple beside the Yosemite Chapel has shed most of its ruby leaves and sections of the Tioga Road are now past peak.  Isolated stands of yellow aspen can be seen from the Tioga Road down Tenaya Canyon.

The color is descending toward Yosemite Valley.  There, black oak, dogwood and bigleaf maple have not yet begun to show much color, though the area surrounding Fern Spring at the west entrance to the valley is the first to brighten.

In the heart of Yosemite Valley, the black oak are still green, though they approach peak at Halloween and their black branches are typically dressed in bold orange leaves by the first of November.