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Beautify Local Waterways at the Annual Creek Clean Up

Beautify Local Waterways at the Annual Creek Clean Up

Elk Grove, Calif. – Help the Cosumnes CSD clean and beautify the natural landscape of Elk Grove and Laguna creeks, protect environmental resources and have fun at the same time.  The annual Creek Clean Up will be held April 21, 9:00 am – 11:00 am.  This is the perfect community service opportunity.  Groups are welcome.  Meet the crews at one of these seven sites:

          1. Elk Grove Creek (Elk Grove Blvd. at Emerald Oak Drive)

          2. Elk Grove Creek (Village Tree at Oak Briar Circle)

          3. Ringe Circle (Bond at Crowell Drive)

          4. Lewis Park (9615 Black Swan Drive)

          5. Pinkerton Park (8906 W. Stockton Blvd.

Where's the Sun?

Where's the Sun?

Rainy days are not the "cat's meow" when they just don't end.

As summer winds down, cars still suffer effects of heat exposure

As summer winds down, cars still suffer effects of heat exposure

Annual fecal exams, strategic deworming for your pets offers protection

Annual fecal exams, strategic deworming for your pets offers protection

ELK GROVE - Prevention is a key component in a happy, healthy pet’s life. Intestinal parasites live everywhere and can cause not only harm to your beloved pets, but also to you and your family as well.  The transmission of intestinal parasites from animals to humans is called parasitic zoonosis. This happens when a person accidentally ingests parasite eggs or an infected flea.  Ingested roundworm larvae travel through the liver, lungs and other organs.  In some cases, roundworms can cause visceral larva migrans. This is where the larvae cause damage to tissue and affect nerves or lodge themselves in the eye causing permanent nerve or eye damage, sometimes even blindness!  Hookworm larvae can penetrate skin, and cause cutaneous (skin) larva migrans as they move within the skin causing an inflammation. One specific type of hookworms can penetrate into deeper tissues and cause serious damage to the intestines or other organs.

Elk Grove offers worm composting information

Elk Grove offers worm composting information

ELK GROVE - If you’re a gardener, you probably already know the benefits of composting to your garden soil and plants. But there’s another type of composting, though, that may be new to you. If you have a lot of food scraps from the kitchen-as most of us do-you may want to try your hand at worm composting, or vermicomposting.

Worm composting employs the labor of a thousand or more red worms. The worms are placed in a worm bin and are fed the food scraps that would typically go in the trash. After several months, the resulting worm castings can be collected for use in the garden, and are a highly-valued nutrient for soil and plants.

A workshop is scheduled for Saturday, July 23 at 9 a.m. at the Elk Grove Community Garden. The class is currently full, but those interested are encouraged to sign up on the waiting list by calling (916) 478-2209.

Warm weekend weather will bring mosquitoes

Warm weekend weather will bring mosquitoes

ELK GROVE - After weeks of wet weather and mild temperatures, the sun is finally out and the warm temperatures expected over the weekend will also mean more mosquitoes.

“The late spring rain and above average rainfall for this year has left a lot of standing water” said David Brown, manager of the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. “As the warming trend continues we will see many more mosquitoes in the next few days."

The combination of excess water and warm temperatures create the ideal conditions for mosquitoes to breed.

In addition to vacant homes with neglected swimming pools, the district is also encountering mosquito problems around homes with raised foundations.

“We’ve found that with the excess rain, water is collecting underneath the homes creating a mosquito breeding source” said Brown.

Sanitation District to hold meeting about possible rate hike

Sanitation District to hold meeting about possible rate hike

ELK GROVE - The Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (SRCSD) will hold an informational public meeting in Elk Grove on Tuesday, May 24 to discuss a possible rate increase. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at City of Elk Grove Council Chambers, 8400 Laguna Palms Way.

The current proposal is a three-year rate plan that would begin to incrementally increase SRCSD's monthly rates in order to fund new, required wastewater treatment processes. For more information, visit www.srcsd.com/218-index.php.