Beth Miller, second resident to use the RW fill station
If you live in the Triunfo Sanitation District or Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, it is now free and easy to fill up containers with recycled water on Saturdays (until 1:00)! That is what I found out yesterday when I took the required health class at Las Virgenes on how to handle the tertiary-treated water. Then I received my purple card and RW stickers to put on sealed containers to use for filling up.
While filling up is easy, it may still be a challenge to get the water to your garden, since water is so heavy to carry. I hadn’t figured out that part yet, so did not bring containers to try a trial recycled water run. I was thinking of bringing water jugs, but you must be able to seal the containers, and once used, the 1 gallon jugs don’t seal…so glad I didn’t do that.
Above is a photo of fellow classmate in the LV health class, Beth Miller, who became the second resident to use the fill station. She is putting the water in a 100 gallon container, and the capacity limit for containers to fill free is 300 gallons.
As I said in the class as a board member of both Triunfo and the partnership board of Triunfo and LV, we are committed to helping residents get through the severe drought as much as possible. For more info on required RW class, go to: www.lvmwd.com
What a surprise for me to see record turntables for sale at Marshall’s this last weekend! I thought that old record players had bit the dust permanently, but guess not.
I do remember how I loved vinyl records before music went digital. I loved both the big LPs (long playing) and the small 45 (45 revolutions per minute) records that were so popular when I was in elementary school. You could say that playing a 45 with one song on each side, is like playing to an itune on your smart phone. The exception to this is that playing 45s back in the day often involved hanging out with friends and dancing!
The Columbia River and Columbia Gorge were mighty busy as viewed from the Hood River, Oregon, water park two weeks ago.
I was watching the kite boarders dart over the waves with my son, Sam and there was plenty of action to keep me busy taking photos. Then I happened to notice a Shaver Tugboat heading west on the river as a long train on the Washington state side of the Gorge headed east.
When I first moved to the Conejo Valley in 1997, I was surprised how many folks I met who worked in the entertainment industry in some way. Well, I am no longer surprised to find that a new friend works for a studio, or is a producer or actor or musician. This has become the new Conejo Valley normal for me, and I find it awesome that the folks I meet are like other neighbors…friendly and without colossal egos.
Anyway, I was not surprised to learn the a local friend, Gary Maxwell is in a new music video. The song by Meghan Trainor and John Legend is beautiful and Gary adds interest in the video with his white beard, holding a dog in the rain.
Possible RW jugs if OK with filling station and marked as RW only
That is what customers of Triunfo Sanitation District and Las Virgenes MWD are going to be able to do, starting on Saturday, August 22. The two agencies are creating a recycled water filling station at their joint composting facility on Las Virgenes Road and Lost Hills Road in Calabasas.
Triunfo and LV customers will be able to fill containers for at no charge, with up to 300 gallons on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
What a deal! There are a few requirements, however. To participate, a residential customer has to first attend a short class on how to use recycled water according to California law. The first class is Thursday, August 20 at 6 p.m. and I will be attending that one. The second requirement is that you bring your own containers to fill with the water at the RW filling station For more info, go to: http://www.lvmwd.com/about-us/joint-powers-authority/free-recycled-water-fill-station. You can also sign up for the required class there.
The Ventura County Public Works Department put on a meeting May 5 at Oak Park High School on possible ways to treat storm water to remove E. coli in Oak Park. The proposed installation of biofilters in ditches on either side of Kanan Road had met with a lot of opposition, and that was why the meeting took place.
I attended and at the time was puzzled as to the origin of the E. coli readings in storm water runoff during dry weather. No scenario made sense for being the source of this bacteria. Dog waste and leaky sewer pipes were suggested. Yes, a few dog owners don’t pick up after their pets, but most do. And I suppose that a few sewer laterals or connections on people’s property could need fixing, but how much could they be leaking?
Then resident Steven Kozel commented that he has seen raccoons going in and out of storm drains! Others in the audience said that they had seen critters coming out of Oak Park storm drains, too! If the raccoons and other animals are living there because there is so little interference from rain, then of course they create waste. Someone in the meeting asked Public Works officials if they ever cleaned the storm drains, and the answer was no.
Why not clean the storm drains and see if there is still and E. coli problem? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if no other storm water treatment was needed! Maybe lack of maintenance by Ventura County is actually creating the appearance of a problem created by community members.
Oak trees in parking lot at Mae Boyar Park in Oak Park.
As you probably know from reading the Conejo Post, I support saving open space for parks in the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas. Mary Wiesbrock, Chair of Save Open Space, Santa Monica Mountains, has worked for decades to gather space for parks, to protect wildlife corridors, and to make sure that government entities follow environmental law.
SOS was a prime mover in saving Palo Comado Canyon near Oak Park and Agoura Hills, for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) in 1993. They were also instrumental in saving Ahmanson Ranch for a state park in 2003, and for acquiring and saving King Gillette Ranch on Malibu Canyon Road for the SMMNRA.
It is also good to know that Mary and all SOS board members are grassroots volunteers and take no salary for all their work. If you are not yet a member for the small sum of $25/year, I urge you to join. If you would like to check out SOS first, you can go to their website and request to be sent a newsletter. Then you can decide if you want to help. Go to: http://www.saveopenspace.com/ Or you can write them at: email@example.com
Incidentally, the photo above from the Conejo Post is in the newsletter.
I can think of several things wrong in this photo – how about you?
Photo is of one of two Kanan Shuttle Bus shelters on opposite corners of Kanan Road and Conifer Street that were installed the week of August 3 by the Ventura County Public Works Department. It was reported in an Oak Park MAC meeting that more shelters and benches will be installed on the Kanan Shuttle route (but none others are directly in front of residences.)
To help understand how this structure could be built without any notice to neighbors or other environmental procedures, please note that the tree-filled medians are now designated by Ventura County as road rights-of-way. That means no zoning protection.
I for one, hear change blowing in the wind on this! Want to join me in supporting a change of the zoning on the Kanan medians?