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Mulch Mayhem!

Posted on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Get ready for MULCH MAYHEM!

Free water-conserving mulch will be available to local residents during Mulch Mayhem events throughout the Sacramento region on Saturdays May 6 and 20. These free events are designed to help local residents get their landscapes and yards ready for the hot days of summer. Mulch slows evaporation, moderates soil temperature and even controls weeds. As it breaks down, mulch also adds helpful nutrients to the soil.
“Mulch might be one of the most under-appreciated water conservation tools at our disposal,” said Amy Talbot, Regional Water Authority Water Efficiency Program Manager. “Mulch is like icing on a cake because it keeps the soil moist the way icing keeps a cake moist.” Water managers estimate that residents can save 30 gallons of water for every 1,000 square feet just by adding two to three inches of organic mulch (e.g., leaves and wood chips) around trees and plants.
Sponsored by the Regional Water Authority and local water providers, Mulch Mayhem will take place at the following locations, days and times (until supplies last):

Saturday, May 6

Antelope Gardens | 9 am – 12 pm
7800 Antelope North Rd. in Antelope
Hosted by Sacramento Suburban Water District

Carmichael Water District | 9 am – 12 pm
7837 Fair Oaks Blvd. in Carmichael
Hosted by Carmichael Water District

Sierra College, Overflow Lot | 8 am – 12 pm
Corner of Rocklin Rd. and El Don Dr. (opposite the campus)
Hosted by Placer County Water Agency
and the City of Lincoln

Saturday, May 20

Click for enlarged flyer

Placer County Fair Grounds, Lot B | 9 am – 12 pm
800 All American City Blvd. in Roseville
Hosted by the City of Roseville

Sacramento Marina | 8 am – 12 pm
2 Broadway in Sacramento
Hosted by the City of Sacramento

San Juan Water District | 9 am – 12 pm
9935 Auburn Folsom Rd. in Granite Bay
Hosted by the San Juan Water District

Free mulch is limited to one yard per customer (enough to fill a pickup truck), must be for personal use only (not for resale or commercial use) and will be offered on a first come, first-served basis until supplies are gone. Customers are encouraged to bring their own shovels, containers, tarps or other items to cover the mulch and must provide their own way to haul it away.

Visit http://bewatersmart.info/mulch-mayhem/ for more information.

American River Group Handouts

Posted on Monday, April 24th, 2017

Reclamation released flow projections for April through September for the lower American River at the monthly ARG meeting 4/20/17.  Peggy noted that the lower two shutters are in place for the two working penstocks. The third penstock is out for maintenance and is expected to be back online soon with the lower two shutters. They are having difficulties with the upper shutter because of debris.

Five water monitoring stations were damaged during the high water.  They are expected to be repaired/relocated by the end of April.

Click here for full ARG handouts.

Winner of 2016 Sacramento Environmental Commission Award!

Posted on Monday, April 24th, 2017

The Water Forum along with our project partners, Sacramento County Drainage, Sacramento County Regional Parks, Soil Born Farms, City of Rancho Cordova, SAFCA, California Native Plant Society and cbec eco engineering were awarded the 2016 Sacramento Environmental Commission Award for the Cordova Creek Naturalization Project!

The award recognizes community members who share the mission of promoting high-quality environmental projects that make a positive contribution to the community.

Thank you, Sacramento Environmental Commission!

Richard Hunn, Chair Sacramento Environmental Commission, David Bowlen, Project Manager, Sacramento County Drainage, Juliette Robinson, Sacramento County Department of Community Development, Lilly Allen, Water Forum, Chris Bowles, cbec ecoengineering

 

Change Order

Posted on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Date: Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 10:41 AM
Subject: Nimbus Dam – Change Order

Please make the following release changes to the American River

Date               Time         From (cfs)      To (cfs)

04/19/2017       0800           10,000           12,500

04/19/2017       1000           12,500           15,000

Comment:  Storage management

Issued by:  P. Manza

Change Order

Posted on Monday, April 10th, 2017

Date: Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 12:30 PM
Subject: Nimbus Dam – Change Order

Please make the following release changes to the American River

Date               Time         From (cfs)      To (cfs)

04/11/2017       0800            8,500             9,000

04/11/2017       0900            9,000            10,000

Comment:  Storage management

Issued by:  P. Manza

Folsom Shutter Change

Posted on Monday, April 10th, 2017

Project: Folsom Dam Temperature Shutters

On Thursday, 04/13/2017, lower the bottom and middle shutters on units 1 and 2.

Folsom shutter status after changes:

Top Shutters: Units 1, 2, & 3 – raised
Middle Shutters: Units 1, 2 lowered unit 3 – raised
Bottom Shutters: Units 1, 2 lowered unit 3 – raised

Comment: Temperature shutter elevation requirement

Issued by: Peggy Manza

Change Order- Cancellation

Posted on Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Date: Wed, Apr 5, 2017 at 11:36 AM
Subject: Nimbus Dam – Change Order

Please CANCEL the following release changes:

Date               Time         From (cfs)      To (cfs)

04/05/2017      2000            8,500             8,300

04/06/2017      2000            8,300             8,000

04/06/2017      2100            8,000             7,650

04/06/2017      2200            7,650             7,300

04/07/2017       2000            7,300             7,000

04/07/2017       2100            7,000             6,700

04/07/2017       2200            6,700             6,500

Releases will remain at 8500 cfs until further notice.

Comment:  Upcoming rain event

Issued by:  P. Manza

Change Order

Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Date: Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 10:12 AM
Subject: Nimbus Dam – Change Order

Please make the following release changes to the American River

Date               Time         From (cfs)      To (cfs)

03/29/2017      2000            15,000             14,000

03/29/2017      2100            14,000             13,000

 

03/30/2017       2000            13,000             12,300

03/30/2017       2100            12,300             11,600

03/30/2017       2200            11,600             11,000

 

03/31/2017      2000            11,000             10,500

03/31/2017      2100            10,500             10,000

03/31/2017      2200            10,000               9,500

 

04/01/2017      2000              9,500               9,100

04/01/2017      2100              9,100               8,700

04/01/2017      2200              8,700               8,500

Comment:  Storage management

Issued by:  P. Manza

Change Order

Posted on Friday, March 24th, 2017

Date: Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 10:26 AM
Subject: Nimbus Dam – Change Order

Please make the following release changes to the American River

Date               Time         From (cfs)      To (cfs)

03/27/2017      0800             5,000             7,500

03/27/2017      1000             7,500           10,000

 

03/28/2017      0800            10,000           12,500

03/28/2017      1000            12,500           15,000

Comment:  Inflow management

Issued by:  P. Manza