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:
Earth Day - The Visalia Environmental Committee and Imagine U Interactive Children's Museum are excited to announce that the City of Visalia's 2018 Earth Day Celebration has been scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm in front of Imagine U Children's Museum (210 N. Tipton St. in downtown Visalia). Earth Day offers us a unique opportunity to gather as a community and inspire one another while enjoying good food, great music, activities for the whole family, and exhibitor booths who share ideas and products related to green living. this years event will also include an electric & hybrid vehicle showcase. Click Earth Day to learn more.
DEA Drug Take Back Initiative
The DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The City of Visalia and Tulare County will host two drop off location in Visalia on Saturday April 28, 2018 from 10am to 2:00pm. Click on Drug Take Back Initiative to learn more.
Wildflowers & Insects Workshop
The University of California Tulare and Kings Master Gardeners and the Sequoia Park Conservancy are hosting a session on "Local Wildflowers & Insects" , including a lecture component and a participation component. Participants will make nature journals, sketch specimens, and discuss ways to explore wildlife in our own backyards. Click Wildflowers to learn more.
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,
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
Visalia’s draft roadmap is available now for public review at
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.
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.