Helping us all save water

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Water fair

Boy Scout Steve Voss of Troop 633 conducted a water conservation fair Sunday afternoon at the Rancho Murieta Association Building for his Eagle Scout project. Knowing that more than half of Murieta's water use occurs outside the home, Steve focused on how we can landscape and irrigate to reduce water use. He recruited representatives of the Sacramento Tree Foundation, the Community Services District and others to provide information, and presented a multimedia program for about 35 attendees. Read more » about Helping us all save water

County will cut more than 100 trees at airport next month

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After years of legal wrangling, on Aug. 15 Sacramento County will begin cutting down more than 100 trees at Rancho Murieta Airport to comply with a court order. Read more » about County will cut more than 100 trees at airport next month

A choking sunset...

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Smoky sunset

With temperatures still in the high 90s, and the sky a gray-brown, the sun bids a smoky farewell to the day Wednesday. The region's air was deemed Very Unhealthy Wednesday afternoon due to smoke particulates. The National Weather Service has smoke in the forecast well into next week. Temperatures are expected to drop out of the 100s -- but not by much -- by the weekend.
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Six weeks of work begins on Bass Lake drainage diversion

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Pipes

The pipes -- with diameters as big as 42 inches -- will carry water away from Bass Lake.

Massive pipes were trucked to Bass Lake Monday as the long-awaited drainage diversion project gets underway this week. Pipes with diameters of 42 inches will be buried up to 18 feet deep to divert storm drainage and run-off from the lake. Read more » about Six weeks of work begins on Bass Lake drainage diversion

CSD revises GM's contract, allowing for less costly termination

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[Corrected Oct. 23] The Community Services District board took the unusual step of discussing an employee's contract -- in this case, the general manager's -- in open session Wednesday.

The board also fielded a complaint about the taste of the community's drinking water, received a report that wastewater carryover storage is a thing of the past, and approved funding for a $100,000 environmental project that represents half of a penalty levied against the district by a regulatory agency. Read more » about CSD revises GM's contract, allowing for less costly termination

CSD acts to settle $200,000 wastewater fine

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[Edited Sept. 25] At Wednesday's board meeting, the Community Services District board cleared the way for a settlement totaling $200,000 for violations of the cease and desist order and wastewater discharge requirements last year. Read more » about CSD acts to settle $200,000 wastewater fine

New labels aim to help Murietans do more recycling

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Coming soon to a can near you -- a label with the dos and don'ts of recycling.

It will be part of an effort by the Community Services District to improve the community's track record in recycling because less than half of what residents place out in cans at the curb is now being recycled.

Instead, residents sent 53.6 percent of it to Kiefer Landfill in 2006, according to the company that contracts with the CSD to haul away the community's garbage, green waste and recyclables. Read more » about New labels aim to help Murietans do more recycling

CSD meets deadline for plan to address odor problems

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[News brief published June 27]  The Community Services District board of directors held its second meeting Wednesday on a plan to deal with odors at the wastewater treatment plant in time to meet the deadline later in the day. It had been imposed only five days before by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. Read more » about CSD meets deadline for plan to address odor problems

CSD continues meeting on odor plan, takes no disciplinary action

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A 2½-hour special meeting of the Community Services District Monday morning began with members of the audience of over a dozen people criticizing the CSD about odors on the South and discolored tap water on the North. CSD General Manager Ed Crouse was singled out for criticism by several speakers. Read more » about CSD continues meeting on odor plan, takes no disciplinary action

CSD cited for odors as 17-year buildup of sludge is blamed for smells in South

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A 17-year accumulation of sludge in a wastewater treatment pond has been revealed as the source of smells that plague areas of the South, Community Services District General Manager Ed Crouse said at Wednesday's board meeting. The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board issued a notice of violation to the CSD regarding the odors this week. Read more » about CSD cited for odors as 17-year buildup of sludge is blamed for smells in South

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