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Local Emergency Declared Over Drought

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors have unanimously proclaimed a local emergency due to the statewide drought, called for state legislators to place a water bond on a future ballot, and formed an ad hoc committee to address future water advocacy strategy.

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Phil Cox said the proclamation of local emergency enables Tulare County to recover any future drought response costs and also makes the County eligible for any other drought-related assistance in the future.

"This is a very serious issue that can potentially destroy our local economy," Chairman Cox said.

Gusty Winds Prompt Health Caution

Blowing dust as a result of gusty winds has prompted local air-pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement today through tomorrow, Friday, throughout the San Joaquin Valley. This health caution is in effect in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley portion of Kern counties.

 

Winds may produce areas of localized blowing dust, which can result in unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter 10 microns and smaller (PM10). Exposure to particulate pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections.

 

Learn About The Fresno Aquarium

Learn About The Fresno Aquarium

Aquarius Aquarium Institute’s next Aquatic Life Presentation will be this Saturday, October 5th, at 10:00 AM in cooperation with the Fresno State Biology Club, and will feature Dr. Bruce Carlson, retired Science Officer and one of the first team members hired to design and build the Georgia Aquarium. This is a free event that will be held at Fresno State’s Leon S. and Pete P. Peters Student Educational Center auditorium next to the Save Mart Center at Shaw and Woodward Avenues in Fresno.

Fifth Annual Great Sierra River Cleanup September 21

(Auburn) – About 3,500 volunteers are expected to head to the banks of Sierra rivers, lakes and streams Sept. 21 for the fifth annual Great Sierra River Cleanup, sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC).

During the first four years nearly 15,000 volunteers joined together to clear more than 550 tons of trash and recyclables from watersheds throughout the Sierra Nevada.  Hundreds of community groups have spread across 22 counties and 1,280 river miles to remove appliances, cigarette butts, beverage cans, baby diapers, tires, furniture, shopping carts and plastic items from the rivers and streams that supply California with more than 60 percent of its water.

This effort, in partnership with the California Coastal Cleanup Day, serves to promote good stewardship on all of our waterways, from the source to the sea.

Arbor Day Celebration at Mooney Grove Park

Arbor Day Celebration at Mooney Grove Park

Nearly 600 third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students from across Tulare County will celebrate this Arbor Day at Mooney Grove Park.

They will learn about the importance of, and care for, trees in the environment. Topics including seeds, insects, mulch and the water system. Local environmental experts from organizations such as SCICON and the University of California’s Master Gardeners conduct these fun-filled, activity-based lessons.

Additionally, students tour the County museum and learn about the rich agricultural history of our valley.

They will also plant a tree at Mooney Grove to help with the park’s restoration. Each student will not only learn how to plant trees properly, but will be given their very own tree seedling to take home and plant with their family!

Teachers also participate in the environmental lessons.

Kings River Closed to Boats, Jet Skis, Etc.

Kings River Closed to Boats, Jet Skis, Etc.

Tulare County's General Services and Sheriff's Departments announced today that the Kings River in Tulare County is closed to motorized vessels, such as boats and jet skis, until water levels and rates increase.

Tulare County Parks Manager Neil Pilegard said motorized vessels should not be used in the Kings River until water flows reach 400 cubic feet per second. As of today, water is flowing at a rate between 30- and 50 cubic-feet per-second.

"Operating motorized vehicles in the Kings River with low water levels and rates is dangerous," Pilegard said. "We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause."

Tulare County works with the King River Watermaster to determine water levels and flow rate. Pilegard said the Kings River Watermaster estimates that flows will remain at low levels through the end of May, including Memorial Day Weekend.

PG&E Offers Free Workshop for Growers on Rebates and Incentives

PG&E Offers Free Workshop for Growers on Rebates and Incentives

Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) invites you to a session specifically for agriculture customers. The focus will be on how your business can manage electricity costs. PG&E representatives will discuss Time-Varying Pricing, energy efficiency, tools and programs to help better manage your energy costs.

The workshop will be on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Fresno County Farm Bureau office, at 1274 West Hedges Ave., Fresno, CA 93728 from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm.

Agenda

8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.     Registration/Breakfast

9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.     Safety/Introductions

9:15 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. Time-Varying Pricing Updates

9:30 a.m.- 10 a.m.     Service Planning Green Book Updates/New Business Process

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Ag Safety Board Demonstrations

10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Solar

11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Ag Rebates/Incentives

11:45 a.m.