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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.

Cosumnes CSD benefits from Mormon volunteer program

Cosumnes CSD benefits from Mormon volunteer program

ELK GROVE - Approximately 600 volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints converged on 15 Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) parks in Elk Grove on Saturday, May 7, to provide of variety of maintenance services.

As part of the Mormon Church’s Helping Hands Day, the volunteers pruned, weeded, planted and painted to help prepare some of the CSD’s most heavily used parks for the busy summer season.

“We’re extremely appreciative of the church’s efforts,” said Bob Roessler, Cosumnes CSD Parks & Recreation administrator.  “The impact of having so many volunteers committing their focused energies to our facilities is tremendous, and we and area residents benefit greatly from that generosity.” 

The volunteer maintenance efforts included pruning and weeding at Gage, Hrepich, Beeman, Smedberg, Admundson, Perry, Jones, Fales, Del Meyer, Fallbrook, Karamanos and Feickert Parks; repairing and installing lake edge and dog park cobbl

Congresswoman Matsui Introduces Safe and Complete Streets Legislation

Congresswoman Matsui Introduces Safe and Complete Streets Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced the Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011, legislation that would require each state’s department of transportation and metropolitan planning organization to put in place a Complete Streets policy that ensures all Federally-funded transportation projects accommodate the safety and convenience of all users. Complete Streets policies ensures roadways are built with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, motorists, freight vehicles, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. This bipartisan legislation is cosponsored by Congressman Steven LaTourette (R-OH).

“Complete Streets policies are a win-win for local communities: they save lives and create forward-looking projects that provide lasting value,” Matsui said.

Cosumnes Fire Department launches Weed Abatement Program

Cosumnes Fire Department launches Weed Abatement Program

ELK GROVE - As part of its effort to reduce community fire risks, the Cosumnes Fire Department this year has identified nearly 500 parcels in its service area requiring weed abatement as part of its annual Weed Abatement Program.

Each year new parcels identified as a “seasonal and recurrent nuisance” are added to the Weed Abatement Program through complaints, encroachment of new development, or Cosumnes Fire Department recommendations.  For 2011, 32 parcels have been added to the program while 55 have been removed.

The Cosumnes Community Services District Weed Abatement Ordinance requires parcels of two acres or less to have weeds cut no higher than two inches. Parcels larger than two acres must have a 30-foot fire break around all structures.

“This is an important part of our fire prevention program and has been very successful in reducing incidents during the hot summer months,” said George Apple, Cosumnes Fire Department assistant chief.&nbs

Dig into composting at workshop May 7

Dig into composting at workshop May 7

ELK GROVE - Learn how to turn your kitchen scraps and plant debris into rich soil that will help your garden grow.

Green thumbs and novices alike are encouraged to attend a composting workshop this Saturday, May 7. The class will run from 10 a.m. to noon, and will be held at the Elk Grove Community Garden, 10025 Hampton Oak Drive.

Space is limited at each workshop and reservations are required. Call (916) 478-2289 to RSVP.