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Natural Resource Conservation

The Natural Resource Conservation Division (559-713-4531) provides guidance, education, and management of the City’s natural resources for the benefit of Visalia’s citizens to help assure adequate water supplies, meet recycling mandates, reduce energy consumption, improve air quality and generally preserve and conserve our limited resources. Additionally, the Division manages the City’s cleanup of contaminated properties and operates the Visalia Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center in partnership with Tulare County.

Click on a link below to learn about other conservation programs available here in Visalia:

   
   

WHAT'S NEW..

GROUNDWATER RECHARGE
Demand for water has increased awareness towards use of artificial recharge to augment groundwater supplies. Artificial recharge is a process by which excess surface water is directed into the ground to replenish an aquifer. When water is proactively returned to the ground and put into storage, it helps to ensure a sustainable groundwater supply. 

Groundwater is an important source of water in the Visalia area, and the City of Visalia is committed to protecting the groundwater quality and to ensuring that groundwater is available to the community now and for the future.

Visalia's annual precipitation is one of the methods of groundwater recharge.

Flood irrigation of surface water applied to surrounding farmlands is also a vital source of groundwater recharge. As agricultural land is converted to urban use, total water consumption within the region actually drops, but the recharge impact of deep percolation from flood irrigation is lost. Identifying sites for additional groundwater recharge is essential to keeping our water supplies balanced.

Efforts to support expansion of groundwater supplies for Visalia, is the city’s engagement as a founding member of the Mid-Kaweah Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA). Established in 2015 in partnership with the City of Tulare and Tulare Irrigation District, the Mid-Kaweah GSA is responsible for development of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan pursuant to Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014.

For more information about the Mid-Kaweah GSA, visit: www.midkaweah.org  

MID-KAWEAH GROUNDWATER SUSTAINIBILITY AGENCY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY Pursuant to the JPA, officers of the Mid-Kaweah GSA are elected officials of the respective councils and boards of the member agency. Each member agency, as part of the JPA, receive two seats on the six-seat Board of Directors. Current representatives of the Visalia City Council appointed to the Mid-Kaweah GSA Board Demand In the wake of the California’s historic drought, the City of Visalia, the City of Tulare, and Tulare Irrigation District proactively responded to new State legislation to form the Mid-Kaweah Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA). Established as a joint powers authority (JPA) in September 2015, the Mid-Kaweah GSA was among the first formed in California following the passage of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) of 2014.

Pursuant to the JPA, officers of the Mid-Kaweah GSA are elected officials of the respective councils and boards of the member agency. Each member agency, as part of the JPA, receive two seats on the six-seat Board of Directors. Current representatives of the Visalia City Council appointed to the Mid-Kaweah GSA Board of Directors are Councilman Steve Nelson and Councilman Greg Collins. Mr. Nelson is the current Chair of the Mid-Kaweah GSA.

This Board of Directors – with support provided by an Executive Director, a Management Committee and an Advisory Committees – is responsible for the development, adoption and implementation of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan consistent with SGMA.

The Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m., subject to cancellation or additional meetings as necessary.  Meetings are held at the Tulare Public Library & Council Chambers, 491 North "M" Street, Tulare, California 93274.

For more information about the Mid-Kaweah GSA, visit: www.midkaweah.org

Visalia residents and business owners interested in learning more about the Mid-Kaweah GSA Advisory Committee, visit: http://www.visalia.city/government/committees/mid_kaweah_gsa_advisory_committee.asp

 

MID-KAWEAH GSA ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Pursuant to This community-based committee was established in 2015 and is appointed by the Board of Directors of the Mid-Kaweah Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA), a joint powers authority formed by the City of Visalia in partnership with the City of Tulare and Tulare Irrigation District. The 11-member Mid-Kaweah GSA Advisory Committee provides decision making and public outreach support to the agency’s Board of Directors. 

Members of the Advisory Committee must reside with the jurisdictional boundaries of the agency or have a business located within this boundary. Members are appointed by the Board of Directors to a three year term and must satisfy attendance requirements.

As a standing committee of the Mid-Kaweah GSA, all Advisory Committee meetings are subject to the Brown Act and open to the public. The agency board seeks to maintain balanced representation on the committee through appointments that consider the groundwater interests of members. To this end, the Board strives to fill seats as follows:

Up to three members representing the agricultural community;

Up to three members representing private purveyors or related non-governmental organizations operating within the GSA;

Up to three members representing private water purveyors or related non-governmental organizations operating within the GSA;

Up to three members representing environmental interests and/or disadvantaged communities; and At-large

For more information about the Mid-Kaweah GSA Advisory Committee or apply to become a committee member, visit: www.midkaweah.org/advisorycommittee.

For more information about the Mid-Kaweah GSA Joint Powers Authority, visit: http://www.visalia.city/depts/administration/natural_resource_conservation/water_conservation_n_replenishment/midkaweah.asp   

STAGE 1 - WATER CONSERVATION ORDINANCE

    Effective August 8, 2017, Visalia's watering schedule has been updated to Stage 1 of the City's Water Conservation Ordinance, which allows addresses to turn irrigation systems on three days per week March through November and one day per week watering December through February. Even addresses water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and odd addresses water on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  Watering times are before 8 a.m. and after 6 p.m. on your watering day. For more information please click on Conserve Water.

To review the City of Visalia's complete Water Conservation Ordinance please click on Water Conservation Ordinance.

PROTEUS - WATER SAVING SERVICES
Proteus Inc.’s Energy Division announces a new project intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve water and energy use efficiency.  Services are   available to eligible homeowners & renters living in Single Family Homes, Apartments, and Mobile Homes.  Participants must live in a disadvantage community (DAC) zone. Residents are encouraged to click on DAC, enter their address and see if they are in the DAC (red) zone.  Services include FREE; Faucet Aerators, Shower Heads, and Clothes Washers.  For more information please click on Proteus Water Saving Services.

                                                                                                              SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ROADMAP
The City of Visalia is seeking community input as it pursues new energy, water and sustainable development policies and programs that go beyond the robust initiatives already in place.  Visalia is one of 20 Central Valley jurisdictions that have opted into a state-funded benchmarking and tailored policymaking initiative called the Sustainable Energy Roadmap (SER).  Through SER, the City is pursuing ambitious goals based on regional and national best practices for energy and water and conservation, renewable energy, sustainable development, and social equity.

Visalia’s draft roadmap is available now for public review at http://my.cleanenergyroadmap.com/partner/city-of-visalia-ca, and includes priority goals for Energy and Water Efficiency, and Renewable Energy.  The City encourages public input on the objectives detailed on the online platform.  Community members, particularly those from environmentally disadvantaged areas, are encouraged to review and provide feedback by contacting the City’s Natural Resource Conservation Division at nronline@visalia.city or 559-713-4531.

HELP YOUR TREES SURVIVE THE DROUGHT
Trees and water are both precious resources. Trees make our houses feel like home–they also improve property values, clean our water & air, and even make our streets safer & quieter. When we water wisely and maintain our trees carefully, we enjoy a wide range of benefits at a low cost and with little effort. Trees are an important part of any community, not only from the joy it brings, but the quality of life that it provides.  Trees positively alter our environment, reduce carbon emissions, improve air quality, protect the land, provide us food, create oxygen and sustain life. As our climate changes we need to protect our trees, adapt to our changing environment and make choices that benefit us while preserving our water resources.  The California Urban Forest Council offers tips on how you can help your trees survive the drought.  For more information click on Trees and on this article.

ENERGYSAGE MARKETPLACE
The City of Visalia is excited to announce the launch of the Visalia EnergySage Marketplace website. The site provides quotes online from multiple, pre-screened solar PV installers and will assist Visalia businesses and residents in comparing offers in an apples-to-apples format across all financing options at no cost to them.

CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
The City has developed draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) to inventory greenhouse gases (GHGs) and provide a plan for reducing GHGs that contribute to climate change. The CAP contains a baseline inventory of GHG emissions in 2005 and projections of GHG emissions in 2020 and 2030 for the entire community and the subset of emissions due to the City's municipal operations. The CAP sets reduction goals of 15% below 2005 emissions by 2020 and 30% reduction by 2030 for both the community and municipal sectors and discusses and quantifies the measures to achieve those reductions. You can click on Visalia's CAP or click on Visalia General Plan to download all three documents and get an overview of the General Plan Update process.

UTILITY BILLING CHANGE
The City of Visalia utility billing is maintained by Global Fathom. Click on Global Fathom to go to their website. Global Fathom is based in Arizona and is the City’s primary contact for utility services. Hours of operation for phone calls is 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., PST. Toll free number is: 855-203-1315.

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