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FRIDAY JUNE 25, 2010

Flamingo Hotel 2777 Fourth Street Santa Rosa

Cocktails from 6:30 – 7:30pm Dinner, Slide Show & Awards Presentation following


I will survive

CLCA North Coast Chapter

JUNE 2010


CLCA North Coast Chapter P.O. Box 1621 Sebastopol, CA 95473


JUNE 2010 In this Issue PAGE 2 ……………President’s Message by Charlie Thompson PAGE 4……………..PLANET Day of Service 2010 – North Coast Community Project PAGE 6….................Oxygen: The Fix for Pond Problems PAGE 8……………..Fix Immigration So it Works for California PAGE 10……………Examples of Biomimicry PAGE 14……………Native Grasses in the Landscape by Susie Dowd Markarian PAGE 19……………Regional Water Recycling Program Awarded $7.3 Million PAGE 20…………...Heavy Equipment Rodeo and Supplier Night @ Buckeye Ranch This Publication is Printed on Recycled Paper North Coast Chapter of the California Landscape Contractors Association

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President’s Message By Charlie Thompson – Cagwin & Dorward As some of you may know among the many hats that I wear little league coach is one of them. We had a practice the other day and my son, Bill, had one of his best practices ever. Hit the ball hard and consistent, fielded the ball with the intensity and accuracy of a little major leaguer. So why was he upset and crying at the end of practice? He wanted to make a catch in the outfield that he could not make. Apparently, the reason he could not make the catch was that the pitcher didn’t give him enough time to hustle back to his position after a foul ball to the other side of the field…..surely this was so on purpose that there was no need to even reflect on this to confirm if it was or wasn’t true. His brain skipped a few pieces of information that did not support his theory and took the liberty of added a few pieces to further support his conclusion. Lucky for Bill (although I’m pretty sure that he does not share my enthusiasm for his good fortune) he has me to help him reflect on this, sort fact from assumptions. We also talked about the fact that even if it were true, which we agreed later it wasn’t, it was not in his best interests, or his teams, for him to let this event dictate his performance or the way he felt about the entire practice. One of the best lessons I have ever learned (although knowing and doing can be a challenge) is to: • Be aware of yourself….feel yourself getting triggered. You know the feeling that starts in your stomach and travels to your brain just prior to an amygdala (go look it up) hijack. • Create a gap of time between being triggered and reacting • Find as many positive reasons for something happening as negative reasons • Challenge all of your thoughts. Don’t assume because you your brain is convincing you it’s a fact that it is. If you want to read more about being aware and amygdala hijacks two good books to start with are “Clear Leadership” and “Emotional Intelligence”. I focus on this a lot with Bill. Not just because this is a flat spot for him but because I have struggled with this most of my life. How many days at work were actually great days that I let one event, that may have been mostly made up in my mind with assumptions and looking for facts that support my being upset, ruin what could have been one of my best practices ever.

“If you don't think every day is a good day, just try missing one.” ~Cavett Robert “If you don't get everything you want, think of the things you don't get that you don't want.” ~Oscar Wilde

Page 3 North Coast Chapter Board Members Chairman of the Board – Past President Brigid Flagerman Bertotti Landscaping (415) 720-0065

Resource Chair Susie Dowd Markarian Susie Dowd Markarian Design (707) 546-6221

President Charlie Thompson Cagwin & Dorward (415) 892-7710

CLT State Committee Liaison Dave Iribarne City of Petaluma (707) 778-4591

Secretary Ben Kopshever Sonoma Mountain Landscape (707) 695-2429

Programs Co-Chairs Owen Mitchell Mitchell Landscapes (415) 717-6214

Treasurer Lisa Stratton Cagwin & Dorward (415) 798-1753 Web Guru Michael O’Connell O’Connell Landscape (707) 462-9729 Associate Member Chair Russ Clarke Park Ave Turf (707) 217-9669

Tyler Doherty Cal West Rentals (707) 694-9108 Legislative Chair Chris Zaim Akita Landscape (707) 486-2548 Education Co-Chairs Luis Lua Cagwin & Dorward (415) 720-6624 Will Jenkel Lampson Tractor (707) 206-2294

North Coast CLCA Executive Director Journal Editor

Connie Salinas P.O. Box 1621 Sebastopol, CA 95473 Phone 707-829-5487 Fax 707-829-5487

Membership Co-Chairs Kevin Kohl Ewing Irrigation (707) 457-9530 Jeff Hausman Gardenworks, Inc. (707) 974-5799 Salvador Ledezma Jr. Gardenworks, Inc (707) 974-5800 Chapter General Board Members Jeff Jones John Deere Landscapes (925) 595-6115 Jason North Wheeler Zamaroni (707) 293-8353

CLCA 2010 State Officers PRESIDENT William Schnetz, CLP Schnetz Landscape, Inc Phone: (760) 591-3453 PRESIDENT-ELECT Robert Wade, CLP,CLIA Wade Landscape Phone: (949) 494-2130 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Sharon McGuire Phone: (800) 448-2522, ext. 13 FAX: (916) 446-7692

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Oxygen: The Fix For Pond Problems By Frank Gardner, E P Aeration After the installation of an aerating fountain. A surface spray system is usually adequate for ponds 15 feet or less deep. Interestingly, more horsepower is needed for lakes less than six feet deep. Aeration of a water feature should have three main considerations. These include preventing thermal stratification, balancing the dissolved oxygen levels throughout the water column from the sludge or benthic layer to the surface and balancing temperature levels throughout the water column. Although oxygen transfer from certain methods may be significant, the greatest amount of oxygenation takes place at the surface of the water body. Thermal stratification is the single greatest cause of stagnation, oxygen depletion, nuisance algae blooms, and is caused by a temperature differential of three degrees centigrade or more between the surface and the benthic layer.

Therefore, an effective aeration system must move water from the sludge layer to the surface, called "turning", without roiling the sludge (which would release nutrients into the water column). A Canadian government study, conducted and copyrighted by the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA), tested virtually every known aeration method available, including systems designed and built by the PFRA. The study determined that "in order to aerate all the water, the site of air injection should be at the bottom of the deepest part. The most effective and efficient method of aeration appears to be air injection in combination with a diffuser which produces fine bubbles."* Before the installation of aeration equipment, the lake is clogged with algae, which uses up the pond's oxygen and likely kills any fish or other aquatic life.

More than 15 years ago, Mike McGee, president and general manager of E P Aeration, Inc., based in San Luis Obispo, Calif., selected proprietary fine-bubble, bottomlaid aeration diffuser tubing as the most effective, and cost-efficient method of moving water in a laminar flow (so the sludge is not disturbed), from the bottom of the very deepest part of the water feature. This allows, most often, the use of 1/3 horsepower air compressors which operate on 120 VAC power, and which can be placed up to 1,000 feet or more from the water feature. E P Aeration uses the tubing in both linear configurations and coiled on stainless steel disks for water features with uneven bottoms or particularly deep holes. Regardless of the method used, the principal issue in determining the amount of aeration equipment necessary to ensure an ecological balance in a body of water is the size of the lake, pond, or water feature. Size is both a function of volume (width x length x depth) and the surface area of the body of water. There are a couple of rules of thumb: If the water body has a surface area of one or two acres or less, it will probably need to be ''turned'' about 8 times a day. A lake with a much larger surface area will require fewer ''turns''.

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However, determining size/volume alone is not sufficient. Two other factors must be considered. First is the usage of the water feature, for example, for irrigation. This would affect retention time for treatment purposes, but may not necessarily constitute a negative factor. Secondly, the biota of the feature must be carefully evaluated. Are there fish? Waterfowl? The reason this matters is that each body of water has a Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), which, if not met, can cause oxygen depletion. Oxygen depletion of the benthic layer (at or below 2 parts per million of dissolved oxygen) produces such conditions as anoxic release into the water column of nutrients, metals, and other minerals, such as phosphates, release of hydrogen sulfide and other noxious gases, and the algae blooms and fish kills referred to above. Additional aeration may be necessary to offset a higher BOD.

*Performance Characteristics of Aeration Devices, W.C. Mackay, T.G. Miller, D.R. Moore & R. Woelcke, 1999

Water Facts 1: Horsepower. As a general rule, 1 hp of electric aeration should be available for each surface acre (4 acrefeet) of intensive aquaculture production. 2: Milligrams per liter. Aerators should be started before the dissolved oxygen level falls below three mg/l. 750 to 820: Gallons per minute. An experimental aerator with a one horsepower blower could pump approximately 750-820 gallons per minute to the surface using individual three to four inch diameter PVC pipes. Source: Kentucky State University Cooperative Extension Program

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Editorial Submission . . .

Fix Immigration So It Works for California Health care reform, economic stimulus, financial regulation, unemployment. With so many issues on the front burner in Washington, it's easy to lose sight of immigration reform. But whether lawmakers are paying attention or not, the immigration system remains broken - and the unwelcome consequences affect everyone in California. Consequence Number One: California is home to an estimated 2.7 million unauthorized immigrants, according to a recent study by the Pew Hispanic Center. That's more than the population of Nevada. Many of them are working and contributing to the economy, but the fact that they are unauthorized makes a mockery of the law. Consequence Number Two: a bourgeoning network of illegal cottage industries that cater to these unauthorized workers, with ugly outcomes. For example, according to the Associated Press, two men were killed in a Southern California home in March. They were smuggling illegal immigrants and got into a fight over profits from their human cargo. Consequence Number Three: the impact on the California economy including potential obstacles to economic recovery. Here is an example of what some employers are saying, despite the economic downturn. Shari Collins, a business owner in Moorpark, California, says that it's all but impossible to get enough labor for her landscape business. "Even with the unemployment numbers we're seeing today, the truth is we still can't find landscape construction or maintenance workers. My goal is to always employ Americans first, but without legal immigrants, my business simply can't survive during the busy summer season." These and other unfortunate consequences point to a system that just doesn't work - for anyone in our state. It's a system created for a different time, and one that must be modernized. That's why ImmigrationWorks USA, a broad array of business leaders throughout the nation, including California, is standing up in support of comprehensive immigration reform. The coalition represents virtually every economic sector in the nation - white-collar, blue-collar and "green-collar." But whether it's outdoors in the fields or in the clean rooms of Silicon Valley, the challenge is the same. We all have a stake in fixing the immigration system because it's holding back the state economy. Many people assume that low-skilled immigrants take jobs from American workers. But actually the opposite is true. If anything, many immigrant workers create jobs for Americans. Because immigrants are generally different from U.S. workers - sometimes less educated, sometimes more, often more willing to travel long distances for a short-term or seasonal job - the work they do generally complements and sustains employment for the native born. According to testimony by Microsoft's Bill Gates before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology in March of 2008, every visa for a high-skilled immigrant is linked to creation of five additional jobs in the U.S. Also, according to agricultural economists, every farm job, many of which are filled by foreign born workers, supports 3.5 non-farm jobs, which are typically filled by U.S. citizens. In other words, immigration is a job multiplier the kind of job multiplier we desperately need to grow the economy and climb out of the recession. What kind of immigration reform does California need from Washington? We endorse secure borders, more realistic immigration quotas and protection for employers who are trying to meet the demands of the law.

Page 9 We also support better, smarter workplace enforcement. Employers want to be on the right side of the law. And we need Congress to create an accurate, reliable electronic system to verify that all of our employees are authorized to work. That's the only way to combat identity theft so that citizens and employers alike are protected from fraud. Does that mean we endorse sanctions against employers? You bet. We support aggressive sanctions against businesses that deliberately flout the law - and will support them against those who continue to use unauthorized workers once more realistic immigration quotas are in place. Bottom line: Congress must create a way for the foreign workers we need to keep California businesses open and growing to enter the country legally. Our state's vast unauthorized workforce, the smuggling networks and forgery mills, the employers struggling to keep their businesses open and worrying about how to grow them as the economy picks up - the status quo is unacceptable. In California, business leaders are standing up to demand change. We hope our leaders in Washington are listening, and we ask all Californians to let their members of Congress know that now is the time to fix this broken system. Let's make California great again! Judy Ashley, Independent Maintenance Contractors Association Larry Rohlfes, California Landscape Contractors Association Chairs, ImmigrationWorks California

(202) 506-4541

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Examples of Biomimicry Biomimicry, as an innovating process, generally comes from one of two directions. Sometimes, the innovator sees a process in nature and connects it to an existing technology or problem. Other times, the innovator studies an existing design problem and turns to nature for help. This is where biomimicry serves as a bridge between biology and engineering. These cathedral termite mounds in Australia might not attract apartment hunters, but architects have already used the termites' self-cooling designs in the construction of energy-efficient buildings.

The first step of solving a problem through biomimicry is to translate what you need out of a design into biological terms. For instance, what if you wanted to design a fire extinguisher with a longer range? Where in nature have organisms evolved to deal with a similar problem? Bombardier beetles might not deal with quenching a flaming stovetop, but they have evolved to squirt a heated, explosive stream of venom at predators. Once discovered, the next challenge is to take the lesson from nature and apply it back to your design. In the case of the bombardier beetle, researchers studied the insect's use of a high-pressure "combustion chamber" in its abdomen. Designers have begun applying this discovery to existing spray technology. You can find biomimicry in a number of different fields. Whatever the design challenge, there's a good chance a species on Earth has tackled a similar problem already. Consider these examples: Human need: Builders want a cheaper means of cooling large buildings. Nature's example: Certain African termite mounds must maintain a constant temperature of 87 degrees Celsius (189 degrees Fahrenheit) in order for the fungus crop to survive. To achieve this, they construct air vents that constantly move air throughout the mound, cooling or heating it to the same temperature as the mound itself. Biomimetic solution: Architects and engineers are building several large office complexes that mimic the termite approach to temperature control.

Human need: Auto manufacturers want to develop an anti-collision system. Nature's example: Locusts avoid running into each other in swarms by using highly evolved eyes that allow these insects to see in several directions simultaneously. Biomimetic solution: Automobile designers mimicked the locusts' vision when developing sensors that detect movement directly surrounding a car and warn drivers of impending crashes.

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Human need: Chemical companies want a self-cleaning coat of paint. Nature's example: Lotus plants must keep the surfaces of their leaves clean, despite living in muddy ponds and swamps. The leaves' tiny ridges and bumps keep water droplets from spreading across the surface. As a result, the water beads and slides away, carrying particles of dirt with it. Biomimetic solution: Developers have applied this lotus effect to paint. When the paint dries, tiny bumps remain on the surface that help water droplets remove dirt.

Human need: Health workers want a way to store vaccines without refrigeration. Nature's example: The African resurrection plant completely dries out during yearly droughts and then revives itself when the rains returns. The plants contain a polyphenol that protects against cell membrane damage during dehydration. Biomimetic solution: Researchers are seeking a way to use these sugars to preserve living vaccines through dehydration. All over the world, researchers are looking to nature for answers to their various design challenges. By studying how evolution overcomes challenges, biomimicry may one day help us solve problems ranging from soap scum to global sustainability issues.

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Native Grasses in the Landscape blog by Susie Dowd Markarian - Wow the benefits of the new CLCA North Coast Chapter website! I love the paper JOURNAL, and have been a loyal fan for close to 20 years. Yet finding a listing on a up coming ( now past) seminar in our NC Journal on-line was a timely saving grace for me! Back to that in a minute…. Still focusing on the benefits of using Not only do we now have immediate linking to current data, events and information, we are walking the walk in becoming a more sustainable association. Choosing to receive the on-line Journal, and using the opt-out (option) of the postage paper mailer, saves our Chapter money in printing and postage, (plus paper and carbon savings, too) it also brings us into the new millennium, and statewide we continue to blaze the trail as a leading Chapter in CLCA. Not to mention what a great website it is. And perhaps you would agree, as you are reading this blog there… I propose a big round of applause to Michael O’Connell, and our 2009 BOD of directors for setting this in motion! The Seminar listing a SCWA sponsored workshop on “Using California Native Grasses in the WaterConserving Landscape”…with ” limited seating” mention was a key factor in my registering for this event right away, (and being able to link to the registration immediately was great.) I am thrilled to attend this event. (albeit past history by now…) the event was February 5, 2010. THANK YOU SONOMA COUNTY WATER AGENCY, Ali Davidson and staff! The talented and brilliant instructors from the California Native Grassland Association, provided a fabulous day long seminar on the topic of native grasses and their uses in the landscape, from ecology, to species selection to designing and management to water quality and storm water uses. I learned more in 8 hours than imagined on this topic, plus have a 3” thick paper-filled binder, neatly organized for future reference and easy access to prove it. Those of you who missed the event (and it appeared many from the CLCA and ALPD members were absent) hopefully will have an opportunity to make a future series from this association! There were participants from all over the state, wearing various hats within the industry, from municipalities, landscape architects, designers, contractors, nurseries and growers, farmers and homeowners. Knowledgeable instructors; David Amme, Steve Nawrath, and Wade Belew were passionate specialist in their fields, and brought their talents to introducing California native grasses into our audience. The opening statement covered the reasons we have NOT used California natives grasses in the urban landscapes, and those misperceptions and limited understanding of how native grasses could be used outside the wildland and grazing applications were put to rest during the 8 hour seminar. I thought I would skip the obvious and get down to some of the nuts and bolts of what we may have feared from the introduction of native grasses in an urban landscape. OK the obvious… and this fact: Natives are NOT invasive! Natives do not require fertilization! •

Native grasses require substantially less water than turf grasses (obvious). Depending on species they could require summer irrigation.

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Waste reduction; Native grasses produce less green waste than turf grass. (Obvious). Air quality. Mowers, string trimmers, blowers and aerators needs are reduced. (Definitely). Native grasses are slow to grow. FALSE. (well some species are slow to germinate) In a MEADOW setting, an ‘instant gratification’ requirement will not be the best approach. Appropriate site preparation and planting methods, and establishment periods are necessary for successful applications, Do diligence is a must, while longevity is the reward. They are dead looking and messy. This is NOT TURE. Slow to gain nursery recognition. NOT TRUE. Know where to look, and how to use them for effect.

Some planting applications: BORDER PLANTINGS: Couple with low growing perennials, shrubs and groundcovers. • •

Agrostis pallens ; Bouteloua gracilis ; Carex praegracilis ; Carex pansa ; Elymus elymoides;Festuca reubr ‘Molata’.


Achnatherum spp. Aristida purpurea Deschampsia caespitosa Elymus galucs Festuca califronia Festuca idahoensis

Koeleria macrantha Melica california Melica imperfecta Nassella cernua Nassella lepida Nassella pulchra


Aristida Purpurea

Festuca Idahoensis

Muhlenbergia rigens Carex spissa Leymus cincereus

DRIFTS, SPECIMEN PLANTING AND MEADOWS OR TURF SUBSTITUTE applications are a very effective and successful use of native grasses

Carex spissa.

Planting and establishing native grasses in urban soils requires one to consider the ecological and human induced factors that affect the sits ability to support healthy plant growth. Site preparation and soil preparation is a key element to success. Drainage is a must, and good drainage is always preferable, soil preparation and amendments are necessary. 4” of compost incorporated or stockpiled topsoil tilled or dug into the soil is a minimum, and in some instances 18”. ( the chapter on Rules of Thumb of planting on Urban Soils is VERY extensive, so I will give the topic justice and cover it next time)…

Basically I want to encourage you to gain knowledge and follow the CLCA website to learn all you can from the links, resources, and articles provided. I used the opportunity to become a better designer today than I was yesterday because I took the time to scroll through. Until next time.

Susie Dowd Markarian APLD

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Press Release

Hunter Industries’ Popular XC Controller Is Improved as X-Core San Marcos, CA — April 22, 2010 — Hunter’s XC controller, the entry-level product in their popular controller line, is now X-Core. Compatible with the revolutionary Solar Sync ET sensor, X-Core can be converted to a Smart controller with advanced water conservation technology, regulating irrigation runtimes based on locally measured weather. Now smart, weather-based control is available in every Hunter controller category (AC powered). And with the optional SmartPort®, X-Core works with all Hunter remotes, such as the ROAM and ICR, making installation and maintenance even simpler. X-Core maintains all the innovative features of the XC, such as a 365-day calendar, three independent programs (each with four start times), global seasonal adjustment, and station-controlled sensors that made the XC a blockbuster product. With Easy Retrieve™ memory backup and on-board, non-volatile memory, X-Core provides the assurance to recall all the controller’s watering programs. The X-Core is a running change to the XC controller product line. As such, all existing XC orders will be fulfilled with X-Core from this point forward. There will be no SKU or price changes. Hunter Industries is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of irrigation equipment for the landscape and golf course industries. From drip irrigation to controllers, sensors, and central controls, Hunter produces a complete spectrum of water-efficient products for commercial and residential applications. With more than 250 product patents and 40 trademarks to its credit, Hunter is considered the innovation leader in irrigation equipment.

Standard Pre-Mix Bag Concrete Quantity And Cost Calculator by Michael O'Connell - April 11th, 2010

Need to figure out how many concrete sacks are in a yard, or compare if it’s better to hand mix, deliver, or pump concrete. Here is a handy tool that calculates cubic yardage, footage, and cost for various sizes of concrete sacks.

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Regional water recycling program awarded $7.3 million to begin construction By North Bay Water Reuse Authority The North Bay Water Reuse Authority has been awarded $7.3 million by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) towards the construction of projects that will expand recycled water use in the region. The funds are the first increment of a $25 million federal authorization by Congress in March 2009. “The North Bay Water Recycling Program would once again like to express how thankful we are to Congressman Mike Thompson, Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer for securing the funding. Their support has made it possible to move forward with these important projects that will help to ensure a long-term reliable water supply for our communities. We are thrilled to be able to begin funding the construction phase,” said Bill Long, chairman of the authority. The grant is also good news for the local economy. Based on a formula developed by the ARRA, the $7.3 million will create approximately 372 jobs during the construction. The total number of jobs includes direct labor, labor for material costs and indirect jobs. “Recycled water is an important part of the solution toward developing sustainable water supplies for the North Bay. These funds will allow many years of planning to become a reality as construction begins,” stated Chuck Weir, program manager for the North Bay Water Reuse Authority. “Recycled water will help to ensure that there is a reliable, environmentally beneficial water supply to support the needs of our communities and economies.” The water recycling projects are part of a regional cooperative program that includes the Sonoma County Water Agency, Napa Sanitation District, Sonoma Valley County Sanitation District, Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District and Novato Sanitary District. In addition, North Marin Water District and Napa County are providing financial and technical support for the regional program. Recycled water provides an environmentally sound, cost-effective and drought-proof water supply for irrigation of crops, parks, lawns, golf courses and industrial applications. Recycled water is needed more than ever to supplement over drafted groundwater supplies, and stressed river water supplies. Projects in Phase I of the North Bay Water Recycling Program include: •

Sonoma County — Extending the existing use of recycled water into the City of Sonoma and Sonoma Valley to support urban and agriculture usage. In addition, recycled water will be used to restore portions of the Napa Salt Marsh Restoration area that provides extensive habitat for endangered species, migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, fish and other aquatic species. Marin County — Providing recycled water to large landscapes, schools and parks, the Fireman’s Fund Companies, Valley Memorial Park Cemetery, commercial users west of U.S. 101, and landscaping at Hamilton Field, including the Coast Guard housing area. Napa County — Napa County and Napa Sanitation District are working with local property

owners to bring recycled water to users in the Milliken-Sarco-Tulocay Creek (MST) area who have been hard hit by falling groundwater levels. The pipeline might be upsized to accommodate potential future expansion of recycled water use. Total cost of the first phase of the projects is estimated at $100 million. Under the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act, the Federal government will provide 25 percent of the estimated $100 million cost design and build several recycled water projects in the North Bay. The federal government previously provided about approximately $1.5 million in grants for the engineering, planning, and environmental phases for this important recycled water program. The program also received $200,000 in funding toward construction as part of the 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill.

More information on the North Bay Water Recycling Program can be found by visiting or calling 707-547-1923.

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Tyler- Cal West Rentals, Will – Lampson Tractor & Tony – Kubota Tractors

Picking up and moving an egg without breaking it!

Robert Terzich Ditch Witch

Charlie Thompson helps son, Bill, pick up an egg.

Heavy Equipment Rodeo & Supplier Night Many thanks to all the suppliers who participated in the May BBQ at Buckeye Ranch! Special thanks to Will Jenkel, Tyler Doherty and Robert Terzich for bringing in all the heavy equipment for that night and also for the training on the 22nd. As always, thanks to Tony & Kim Bertotti for the use of their space

Jim Schmidt - Bobcat

It was amazing to see how much finesse can be accomplished with a huge piece of machinery.

Landscapes Unlimited Randy & Chris - Stony Point Rock Quarry

Lissa & Matt – Vine & Branches

Jerri Davis – Swee Lane Nursery Mgr.

Steve Robertson – Henry Curtis Ford

Andy – Instant Jungle

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“There shall be eternal summer

in the grateful heart.� ~Celia Thaxter

Happy Solstice

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