Pool managers devote their time to ensure the pool is clean, the chemicals are balanced, and there are no algae. However, every pool needs attention, even when it is not in use. So, how do you take care of a pool off-season? By using a solar pool cover.
Thanks to technology, there are different pool cover designs and customization options available. Advances in pool technology have made it possible to combine both function and form to offer pools an aesthetic pool. These advances are linked to the expected rise in …
There are many beautiful noninvasive alternative plants to use instead of invasive plants. That said, we secured a list of suggested alternatives because they are similar in form, color, and landscape function.
Ground morning glory
Dwarf Coyote bush
Grasses and Perennials
The best way to avoid the further propagation of invasive plants is first to identify them. According to the Council of California Invasive Plants’ rankings, here are the most common invasive plant species in California.
1. Alternanthera Philoxeroides
Beware of alligator weed, found in Alabama back in 1897, is also known as pigweed. This species was brought to North America through ballast water. That said, it prevents native species from flourishing. It may also impact boats, swimmers, and bathers.
2. Eichhornia Crassipes
This plant …
An invasive species by definition is a plant that is not native to the study ecosystem and has the potential to cause harm to economic or environmental well-being.
Invasive plants can wreak havoc on California’s community and ecosystems in many ways. These can overtake rangelands and crops.
Additionally, they can negatively affect biodiversity by eliminating the plants that it needs for shelter and food. Other cases may interfere with commercial or recreational traffic and increase the risk of fire and flood hazards.
As if that weren’t enough, there are plenty of excellent choices available. Many garden …
California ranks first in solar energy production, as per the SEIA or the Solar Energy Industries Association. California’s weather and economic climate combine to make for a very favorable market for high-quality solar power.
Exploring the next step in leveraging this resource will help businesses, customers, government agencies, and developers alike.
California set two solar records in 2019, according to the Los Angeles Times. The majority of unused solar energy was turned off in June. The majority of solar energy was routed into the primary electric grid.
These records may be good news for ratepayers, as …
Climate change is affecting California as it has never been before. Wildfires are becoming more common and severe, droughts are becoming more prolonged and more powerful, and temperatures increase. However, California is taking steps.
California, which has long been a climate pioneer, has raised its goals. Gov. Gavin Newsom has fast-tracked the state’s aim of decarbonizing the economy, setting a new plan requiring zero-emission sales of all new passenger vehicles by 2035.
California has created a rooftop solar policy for new homes. More than 30 counties and communities have set their own ambitious renewable energy …
There had been emerging claims and studies to support the sustainability of solar power over the years.
With that, let’s go over the top trends in technological innovation that help us make the most out of solar power and energy storage.
1. Proper roof orientations are game-changers.
Module efficiency increased from about 13% to 20% in the last two decades. It now makes financial sense to do so on all non-parallel roofs. The days of down-of-ignore have arrived.
2. Carbon-negative building design.
Two-story buildings can use as much or more energy as they …
In 2014, but it had to look further down to see above the surface. For the first time, California has legislated control of 85% of its population and over $50 billion of its agriculture industry relying on groundwater.
Many agencies have completed initial Groundwater Action Plans for this year as the SGMA year comes into effect.
Before SGMA, how did water rights work?
Underground basins are a significant part of the state. Until that point, the rights to groundwater had always gone hand in hand with land ownership: aquifer access entitlements allowed for groundwater extraction.
The difference between the value of available water and the amount used in California is widening.
The state’s two central water bodies, the Sacramento – San Joaquin River Delta and California’s groundwater basins, are both overtapped at a rate of around 6–7 million acre-feet each year, illustrating the difference.
California, on the other hand, has the potential to fill this vacuum. Four easy solutions can produce 11–14 million acre-feet of new water sources while reducing demand.
That’s enough water to replenish drained aquifers and restore a healthy Delta, with thousands of acre-feet left…
1. First, determine whether any federal, state or local approvals are needed. Make sure the designs are the right size and style for the permits you choose to use. To find applicable programmatic permits, look at our technical resources at suscon.org/technical-resources.
2. Gather feedback and input from regulatory personnel on the conceptual plan, including project design and environmental management steps.
3. Obtain cooperation from cooperating landowners – where easements and/or adjoining property owners’ consent are needed.
4. Seek guidance and template applications and language from restoration applicants …