California approves new uniform rules for seawater desalination

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – California water regulators on Wednesday adopted a new uniform permitting process for seawater desalination projects expected to expand in number as the drought-stricken state increasingly turns to the ocean to supplement its drinking supplies. Action on the desalination rule, which puts key decisions for such plants in the hands of statewide regulators rather than regional boards, came a day after the same state body enacted sweeping cutbacks in water use by California’s cities and towns. The latest measure amends California’s Ocean Plan to make clear that regulators must evaluate the best available sites, designs, technologies and mitigation measures for minimizing harm to the environment from desalination plants. It also sets a standard limit for the discharge of desalination’s waste byproducts back into the ocean, and imposes monitoring and reporting requirements for the discharges.

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7 tips for landscape survival during drought @ UC Davis Arboretum & Public Garden

The Mary Wattis Brown Garden of California Native Plants includes an extensive collection of native plants that work well in home landscapes, arranged along meandering paths under stately oaks. The garden showcases a native meadow—a California-style lawn—and many Arboretum All-Stars, our recommended plants for Valley-wise gardens.This article was featured in The Davis Enterprise on January 22, 2014.With water reserves at all-time lows, water rates reaching all-time highs, and severe water rationing on the horizon, representatives from the staff at the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden compiled some quick tips for homeowners whose goal is to save water as well as their landscapes.1. Mulch. “If I could only give one recommendation it would be mulch, mulch, mulch!” cites Cary Avery, associate director of grounds and landscape services. “Mulching not only keeps the ground moist, but as the mulch breaks down, it provides good nutrients for your plants, improves your soil quality, and looks attractive in areas where there’s little landscaping or your plants have not filled in.”2. Compost. “The sponge-like nature of compost means that rain or irrigation water will be absorbed and stay in your soil—where your plants need it—instead of trickling off into the gutter. It’s also good for getting many types of plants established during their first year in the ground,” says Stacey Parker, GATEways horticulturist. “Add compost before you mulch to double the impact of your water investment.”3. Focus on your trees.
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How To Protect Trees During A Turf Conversion

The replacement price of a mature tree can exceed $20,000, so you need to do everything you can to protect trees during a turf conversion.  A large, mature shade tree is the most valuable asset of any landscape and provides many important benefits.  Trees reduce energy use by providing shade and evaporative cooling. They also add beauty, provide wildlife habitat, and sequester carbon.  Not only is it smart to preserve these valuable trees, but it is the responsibility of adept owners and landscape professionals to protect these high value assets.

Trees in the lawn

As trees adapt to growing in a lawn environment, they begin to rely on the uniform, frequent distribution of water applied to lawns through sprinklers. Additionally, the lawn and thatch layer help buffer temperature extremes, especially in hot, arid environments. Once established and happily growing in a lawn, any disruption to this environment (i.e. converting turf to xeriscape) can adversely affect tree health leading to stress, insect and disease infections, severe decline and eventual death.
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Hiring Arborist Account Manager


Position Summary:

We currently have a full time position available for a Arborist Account Manager


  • Evaluating trees and surrounding plant material for disease and pest problems
  • Repairing broken branches by securing cables and braces to larger limbs
  • Analyzing nutritional needs and fertilizing trees
  • Planning and developing budgets for tree maintenance services for our commercial clients
  • Providing clients with written evaluations to keep clients apprised of plant material health
  • Ensuring that all operations, workers and properties are that clients are informed of any potentially dangerous situations in the property

Basic Qualifications:

  • Certified Arborist
  • Extensive knowledge in the care and maintenance of trees
  • Strong work ethic
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Customer service experience
  • Bilingual (Spanish) a plus

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV online to be considered

What We Offer:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Medical, dental, vision, 401(K) with matching and other benefits
  • Energetic, focused and collaborative work environment



We are drug free and an EOE by choice.  This salaried position is exempt