Friday, May 18, 2007

Agencies urge residents to conserve water

Educational workshops set in Carey, Hailey

Express Staff Writer

Concerned about how you're going to keep your lawn green while trying to save water this summer?

The Blaine Soil Conservation District is there to help, sponsoring the Urban Waters Users Workshop at Carey City Hall from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22, and at the Hailey Grange, 609 South Third St., from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24.

The workshops are free and will cover topics such as tree-care tips, saving on water bills and certifying your lawn as "Trout Friendly" through the Wood River Land Trust.

By using organic fertilizers, limiting pesticides, and vegetating stream banks with native plants, it's possible to influence the health of the Big Wood River and protect fish by keeping cleaner water in the river.

Rob Thaemert, Blaine County extension agent, and Debbie Cook, an urban forester and master gardener from the district's Wood River Recreation and Development office, will teach about soils and water requirements for lawn care.

Robert Simpson, water master and Carey public works administrator, will provide information on the outlook for water supply in our area, including snowpack, precipitation and predicted stream flow.

The workshops are designed to help raise awareness for water conservation, an issue that has not been lost on elected officials.

In October 2006, the city of Hailey implemented a metered water system to foster conservation. City Engineer Tom Hellen told council members at their meeting Monday, May 14, that the meters save 1 million gallons of water per month by identifying leaks.

The system also informs users about their water consumption, helping them make sensible decisions.

The city has recently reminded citizens in its May issue of Hailey's Our Town newsletter that watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. is prohibited by municipal code.

For further information regarding water conservation, contact Hailey's Public Works Department at 788-9830, ext. 17.

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