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The drought has taken its toll on our street trees and on the trees in our open space. We have lost many Monterey pines to pitch canker and bark beetles, and other species are looking distressed. The lack of water makes trees weaker and more susceptible to infestation. Getting water to the trees will result in heathier and more vibrant specimens.
The City of Brisbane is initiating a pilot program to get water to our City trees and landscaped areas by utilizing water captured from our routine water system flushing, and then injecting this water directly into the underground root system of the trees.
Distribution system flushing is a necessary maintenance practice and is essential to maintaining the city’s goal of delivering the highest quality drinking water to our customers. While capturing and reusing water is significantly more expensive on a per gallon basis than other methods, this is the most prudent approach to take during the extended statewide drought. So, in the coming weeks, if you see a truck with a 1,000 gallon tank and yellow hose extending from it, you'll know what its there for and what the worker is doing. What are some of the ways you're saving or re-purposing water? Leave them in the comments below!
At last night's City Council meeting, the Council and a handful of former Councilmember and Mayor Paul Goercke's friends and neighbors took time at the start of the meeting to remember him and the great legacy he left on this small town. After all, one of the issues Paul Goercke cared deeply about was preserving small-town Brisbane. The other issue was preserving San Bruno Mountain. Paul Goercke served on the Brisbane City Council from 1973-1980 and as Mayor from 1977-78. Shortly after Paul left the Council, he continued to fight hard for the issues he was passionate about. He was the Chair and driving force behind a Citizen's Committee that led a campaign to keep a garbage incinerator from coming to Brisbane. The town would have been forever changed had this happened; Paul's efforts resulted in Brisbane citizens ultimately voting 3:1 against that garbage incinerator. For a look back at this tumultuous period in Brisbane's civic history, please see the City's history book, Brisbane: The First 25 Years. May the legacy of Paul Goercke's pioneering work, whose legacy surrounds us every day, never be forgotten.
Dr. Paul Goercke
1926 - 2015
Each year, the City completes a weed abatement program in compliance with North County Fire Authority regulations. The contractor will be starting work in town tomorrow, May 30th, and work through the month of June to perform weed abatement on residential and commercial streets, as well as on our public trails. Here is a proposed schedule for the work, with dates subject to change depending on how the work progresses. If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Dept. at 415-508-2130.
Thinking about installing solar on your home but don’t know where to start or think it’s just too expensive? Peninsula SunShares is here to help!
This spring the City of Brisbane is partnering with local nonprofit Vote Solar and neighboring communities throughout San Mateo County to launch a solar group discount program for homeowners.
The Peninsula SunShares program uses a tiered-pricing structure, City-supported education and outreach and a competitively selected installer to dramatically reduce the cost of solar. Here’s how it works:
1. Community-sponsored program. The City of Brisbane wants to make it easy for residents to see if their home is right for solar. Sign up to schedule a no-obligation site visit.
2. Below-market pricing. Get your discounted solar installation price quote from the programs pre-selected solar installer.
3. Limited time. Sign a contract by July 31st to have your new solar panels installed and save on your monthly electric bill for years to come. Registration opened April 1st.
4. Help spread the word! More participants means a better deal for you and more solar power for the Bay Area.
On Tuesday, June 16, the City will be hosting a 3rd community workshop with program administrator Vote Solar. It is open to the public. Come to the City Hall (50 Park Place) from 6:00-8:00pm to learn more about the program! (There will even be time to schedule on-site evaluations with the two solar installers). Click here for the event flyer.
For more information or to sign up to receive a free quote, please visit: www.mygroupenergy.com/peninsula
Did you know…
New Water Mandates are in Effect in Brisbane?
ODD NUMBER ADDRESSES may only water on Mondays & Thursdays
EVEN NUMBER ADDRESSES may only water on Tuesdays & Fridays
For more info: www.brisbaneca.org or (415) 508-2130
Brisbane Eagles' Aerie #3255
50 Year Anniversary
Saturday, May 30th
Not only is over watering landscapes a turn off, it is now prohibited. New water mandates went into effect on May 18, 2015 and the City will begin enforcing the new requirements on June 22, 2015. Prior to June 22nd, the City will be sending out notifications by mail to all commercial and landscape accounts and publicizing the new watering schedule and upcoming enforcement on all of the City's communication channels, such as the City signboards, Ch. 27, and our social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor and Instagram. Essentially, the new regulations are:
- You cannot water or use outdoor irrigation during or within 48 hours of measurable precipitation
- Watering or outdoor irrigation must take place per the following 2 day/week schedule:
- ODD NUMBER ADDRESSES may only water on Mondays & Thursdays
- EVEN NUMBER ADDRESSES may only water on Tuesdays & Fridays
- Landscapes can only be watered between 6pm - 9am
- You cannot wash sidewalks, driveways, and hardscape with potable (drinking) water
- Watering your outdoor landscape cannot result in runoff outside the landscape
- When washing vehicles, you need to use a hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle
- All decorative fountains/features using potable water need to have a recirculating system
What requires a large amount of water of course are green lawns. You may have noticed that many businesses in Crocker Industrial Park have lush green lawns, as this "garden-style, park-like" landscaping was part and parcel of the industrial park's design when it was built in the 1970s. Watering of this type of ornamental landscaping, or turf, will need to be reduced by the businesses due to the new requirements.
Due to the fact that the City maintains the athletic fields and Community Park, we are ourselves one of the highest water users. Therefore, the City has taken the following water conservation measures:
- Outside irrigation has been turned off to all public medians and to the City Hall grounds, and reduced for the turf at the Crocker Park entry and that around the community signboard
- All parks and ball fields are currently being irrigated on a 2 day/week schedule (the Community Park's irrigation system is also equipped with a controller which receives daily weather updates and adjusts the watering schedule accordingly)
- Staff has been working directly with the HOAs and targeting high commercial water users, tracking their actual usage and identifying water savings potential through the Large Landscape Audit Program
- Administering various rebate programs, including those for high efficiency toilets and rain barrels
If you have any questions about the new regulations, or see evidence of them being violated, please contact the Public Works Department immediately at (415) 508-2130.