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Interview: Sue Frost Alfeld, Water Educator

02/28/14

Interview: Sue Frost Alfeld, Water Educator

Water is on everyone’s minds these days. The state declared an official drought in January, and any amount of rainfall is greeted with joy tempered by the realization that no single storm will make up for three dry years. So Benicia’s water resource education specialist, Sue Frost Alfeld, is reminding people to use water wisely and offering suggestions on how to do so. She also hopes residents will take steps to reduce introducing chemicals, plastics and other items into the waterways. When she sat down with Benicia Magazine in late January, water conservation was voluntary. “We don’t have mandatory rationing now, but we might have mandatory rationing down the road,” she said. As the city’s water educator, Sue also...

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Benicia State Parks Get A Short-term Reprieve

02/28/14

Benicia State Parks Get A Short-term Reprieve

In 2012, the Benicia State Parks Association's arduous negotiations with the State avoided closure of the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park. The situation was dire—the Capitol is Benicia’s branding, the cornerstone of our identity and the shining centerpiece of our tourism program, as well as a living historic classroom for our students. Although there’s good news regarding state park funding in Governor Brown’s draft proposed budget for 2014/2015, imagine, just for a moment, that current operating agreements were not renewed and our treasured icons at the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park (BCSHP) were closed for business and the Capitol windows were fitted for plywood and mothballed, to languish as a blight on our lovely downtown. It could well be our...

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Water-saving Tips For California’s Deep Drought

02/28/14

Water-saving Tips For California’s Deep Drought

Governor Brown declared a state of emergency in January, midway through our third dry winter in a row, as we face what may be the worst drought on record in California. Snowpack in the Sierras is currently down to 12% of normal. The governor has called for a 20% reduction in water use statewide, as individuals, businesses and municipalities brace for economic and environmental impact in the coming months. The agricultural industry (which, according to Bloomberg.com, is responsible for 12% of the nation’s agricultural output) is likely to see major setbacks, with many layoffs and hundreds of thousands of acres left unplanted. In an unprecedented move, the California State Water Project, which provides water for 25 million people and 1 million acres of farmland, recently...

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Benicia State Parks Association 2012 Annual Update

11/20/12

Benicia State Parks Association 2012 Annual Update

The Benicia State Parks Association was successful in meeting its biggest challenge of 2012 by keeping the Benicia Capitol State Historic Park open and fully accessible to the public.  This achievement was made possible in large part by the hard work and overwhelming volunteer support in the community. Carol Berman, BSPA President, outlined the major accomplishments by the organization in 2012 - Signing of the BSPA Donor Partnership Agreement with the California Department of Parks and Recreation in September. Increasing BSPA 'Friend' membership to over 350 people. Successfully applying for and receiving $57,000 in California State Parks Foundation grant funds which will be directed to park operations, volunteer training and...

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Benicia Expo Entices Clean Tech to the Arsenal

10/08/12

Benicia Expo Entices Clean Tech to the Arsenal

Members of the City of Benicia's Sustainability Commission are gearing up for the CleanTech Exposition to be held later this month at the Benicia Historical Museum. The Expo is a two-day celebration of Benicia's existing clean tech businesses, such as Bio Rad, as well as an enticement for potential clean tech companies to locate in the Benicia Business Park.  The event features workshops, presentations and exhibitors. The expo will be held Friday and Saturday November 2-3; 2060 Camel Road, and is open to the public. According to Constance Beutel, the Commission's chairperson, the expo is "a natural segue from the City's Earth Day event. One piece of the City's Climate Action Plan is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. We have partnered with the...

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Gene Doherty, local sustainability activist, is a member of several committees and commissions. His finger is on the pulse of what’s happening locally. This blog will focus on sustainability matters of all types as well as green living. Watch for tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint, what’s happening at the City level, how private businesses are doing their part, news from Benicia’s Sustainability Commission and more.

 

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