In our March newsletter, we get ready for spring, encourage you to learn more about going deep green, invite you to participate in Caltrans' District 4 Bicycle Survey, and more. 
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March 2017 E-News


F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
Dear friend,

All the signs of spring are here: sunny days, peach blossoms, daylight savings time, lunches on the patio, and the urge to do a little (or a lot of) spring cleaning. 
concept of spring cleaning finds its roots in several different cultures around the world, which suggests there might be a deeply rooted religious, anthropological or biological reason pushing the need for this annual tradition.  
According to the
Encyclopedia Britannica blog, " times past, when people kept their houses shut tight against the cold of winter, heated them with coal and oil and wood, and lighted them with candles, the coming of spring signaled a welcome opportunity to make a dingy habitation fresh again. On the first warm, dry day of the season, everybody in the family—that is, everyone in the family who had survived the ravages of the cold season—would pitch in to pull every stick of furniture and scrap of cloth outside. Then, armed with brooms and washrags, one squad of housecleaners would return to the house, sweeping and scrubbing every corner and washing down the walls, while another would air out linens, remove soot and ash from couches and chairs, dust books and paintings, and mend a few items on the run.”  
And there is no shortage of
helpful hints and tips that can help make the most of your own spring cleaning. Regardless of how you tackle this ritual, it feels good to unclutter both literally and figuratively. Open all the windows and doors and let the fresh air in. It’s time. 

Until next time, 

Jeri Gill
CEO, Sustainable Napa County

Honig Vineyard & Winery Goes Deep Green
Whether you’re a resident or a local business, you have the power to create change. Choosing to enroll in MCE’s Deep Green 100 percent renewable energy program is the first step. With Deep Green, ALL of the power you buy for your home or business comes from 100 percent non-polluting, Green-e Energy certified wind, solar power, and biogas. And going Deep Green gives back: half of the revenue generated from Deep Green goes towards building local solar projects in MCE’s service area.
Learn more about the reasons Honig Vineyard & Winery chose to become a Deep Green champion.

The Napa Valley Groundwater Sustainability Basin Analysis Report for the Napa Valley Subbasin was approved by the Napa County Board of Supervisors and submitted to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) in December. DWR originally posted a 60-day public comment period, which has been now extended until April 1, 2017. Comments may be provided via DWR's Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Portal for Alternatives and Reporting.

An electronic copy of the Basin Analysis Report is available on the Watershed Information & Conservation Council's (WICC) website. With DWR's approval of the Basin Analysis Report, Napa County will be responsible for annual groundwater condition reporting and five-year updates of the Basin Analysis Report, as required under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) to ensure continued sustainability of the Napa Valley groundwater basin.

Caltrans is developing a Bicycle Plan to improve bicycling on and across the California State-owned transportation network. This plan builds on the California State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan 
and complements regional and local planning efforts to help create a connected, comfortable, and safer bicycle network for the Bay Area. You’re invited to
complete a brief survey for the Caltrans District and help shape the bicycle network in our local community and the Bay Area region.
by Kendra Bruno, AKA Compost Girl,  waste prevention specialist for the City of Napa

Nothing tastes better than a homegrown tomato. Since becoming an “adult,” I have become aware of seizing the moment during tomato season – tomatoes during the off-season are not so tasty, delicious, or enjoyable. And I believe, nothing compares to a tomato grown in your own garden.

Though it seems obvious, gardens (urban or rural) need healthy soil to grow food – leading to a growing trend: making your own compost. Healthy compost is key: tomatoes have a deeper flavor, strawberries are sweeter, and cucumbers never tasted so fresh. 

Napa County Roundup

PG&E recently changed out all the streetlights in American Canyon to LED lights.

The American Canyon City Council agreed to join the North Bay Water Reuse Authority Phase II, a regional water recycling & management initiative covering 315 square-miles in Marin, Sonoma & Napa counties surrounding northern rim of San Francisco. 

Making Connections


Get Rid of Old Tires the Right Way
Napa Recycling & Waste Services (NRWS) has partnered with the City and County of Napa to provide a free waste tire amnesty period March 1-31, 2017 for NRWS customers. Proper recycling prevents waste tires from becoming breeding grounds for mosquitoes or fire hazards. The coupon received by NRWS customers in their March billing allows for the legal transport of up to 19 tires for free recycling. There is usually a charge of $5 per tire. Tires brought to the Napa Recycling and composting facility will be ground and made into an array of products, including new tires, fence posts, playground safety surfaces, athletic surfaces, mud flabs, bed liners, and roofing material. Learn more...

Canned Food Drive
Napa Recycling & Waste Services is sponsoring a canned food drive in association with the Napa Food Bank. Donations of canned goods may be placed in a separate bag next to your recycling cart by 6 am on your normal service day March 13-17. Click here for suggested items. You are also encouraged to make food donations throughout the year. Click here for a list of locations that regularly accept donations. 

Give Your Amazon Box New Life
Amazon and Goodwill® are working together to make donating easier for you. Using the Give Back Box® platform, a free shipping service, you can donate items you no longer need to Goodwill with ease and bring new life to your empty Amazon box. Learn more...

Protect children from accidental poisoning by household substances. Lock up household pesticides, cleaners, and chemicals in a high cabinet out of the reach of children. March 20-26 is National Poison Prevention Week. Learn more...

Go Green-Scaping
March is when we typically begin to think of springtime— lawns, flowers, and being outdoors. Get ideas and useful tips on environmentally friendly practices to improve the health and appearance of your lawn and garden.

Mark Your Calendar

Tuesday, March 14, 5:30 pm
Wild Salmon & Trout
St. Helena Public Library  

Wednesday, March 15, 5:30 pm
Wild Edible Plants
American Canyon Library

Saturday, March 18, 9 am
Worm Composting Workshop
UC Cooperative Extension, Napa

Friday, April 7, 1-4pm (Business)
Saturday, April 8, 9am-3pm (Residence)

Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Upper Valley Compost and Recycling Yard, St. Helena

Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9, 10 am-4 pm
Native Plant Sale
Skyline Park, Napa

Click here for more details on these events.

Did You Know...

Food waste generates 3.3 billions tons of carbon dioxide, which accelerates global climate change. - source

Used tires are among the most problematic and challenging sources of solid waste. - source

The first geothermal power plant opened in California in 1921. - source
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