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Beautiful Plant is Both Poisonous And Invasive

Beautiful Plant is Both Poisonous And Invasive

California is dealing with a beautiful but invasive and poisonous invader called the Rattlebox Plant (also known as Red Sesbania or Scarlet Wisteria), scientific name Sesbania punicea.  According to a publication of the California Invasive Plant Council this plant is a native of South America and because of its profuse red flowers was introduced as a garden plant in California prior to 1930.  It was first documented in riparian vegetation in 1987.  Since then it has spread rapidly along the American and San Joaquin Rivers.  This weed is known to thrive in 13 counties up and down the state of California and is a problem in several southern states.

In a pamphlet published by the Sacramento Weed Warriors reasons for this weed being a problem are listed as follows: 

  1. Sesbania is rapidly forming dense stands along rivers & creeks in the Sacramento region.  Sesbania clusters are often so th

West Sacramento gets $20 million for levee improvements

From the West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency and the City of West Sacramento:

The West Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency (WSAFCA) and City of West Sacramento officials approved two construction contracts today totaling more than $20 million for two levee improvement projects in the city using money from the 2007 property assessment approved by voters along with State Prop 1E proceeds also approved by voters in 2007.

The Rivers Early Implementation Project (EIP) will be awarded to Raito, Inc. for $15.1 million while the CHP Academy EIP construction contract will go to Teichert Construction for $5.1 million. Together these projects will reconstruct over 8,000 feet of levee along the Sacramento Bypass and the Sacramento River North Levee to increase public safety.

“We’re very pleased to be putting the levee assessment money to work to strengthen our levees and improve public safety,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon.

Reclamation increases releases from Shasta Dam to the Sacramento River

Reclamation increases releases from Shasta Dam to the Sacramento River

For flood control management, the Bureau of Reclamation will begin increasing Shasta Dam releases today from 9,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) at 5:00 p.m. Friday, bringing the total releases from the dam to 20,000 cfs into the Sacramento River by 9:00 p.m. The increased releases are necessary to meet flood space regulatory requirements within the reservoir and will remain at that rate until further notice. Shasta Dam is located about 12 miles north of Redding.

People recreating in or along the Sacramento River should take appropriate safety precautions during periods of high river flows.

Waste Management announces results from 1st 'Zero Waste' Farmers Market

Waste Management announces results from 1st 'Zero Waste' Farmers Market

WEST SACRAMENTO - Waste Management has partnered with the West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce to help "Green" the West Sacramento Farmers Market, and help lead the market to become one of the first "Zero Waste" farmers markets in the region.

The results from the first event are in, and Waste Management is proud to report that more than 95 percent of the waste generated at the market was diverted from local landfills!

"With the help of the market patrons, Waste Management was able to help the West Sacramento Farmers Market successfully divert 95 percent of the material generated at the event from entering the local waste stream," said Justin Caporusso, Waste Management Spokesperson.  "This is a huge first step in the effort to make the West Sacramento Farmers Market one of the first "Zero Waste" markets in the region!"

In total, 136.6 pounds of material was collected.

Junk to dump? This event is free.

The next free West Sac Bulky Waste Drop-off will take place May 18-21 at 540 Harbor Blvd. Hours are 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Friday,  and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, said West Sac Refuse & Recycling Division Recycling Coordinator Paulina Rosenthal in a press release.

"Acceptable items include furniture, mattresses and box springs, cardboard, and tires ­ nine tire limit," Rosenthal said.

Proof of West Sacramento residency, city utility bill or driver¹s license, is required to enter the site, she explained.

"If you are a senior age 65 or older, or a resident with a disability, you qualify for a free bulky waste pick-up appointment," said Rosenthal. Call 617-4589 for more information.

Scrap metal & appliances are not accepted at the clean-up event, she added.

J & M Metal Recycling, located at 2205 Rice Ave., accepts all scrap metal and appliances free of charge year-round. Company hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

State officials to hold public meeting on Bay Delta Conservation

State officials to hold public meeting on Bay Delta Conservation

SACRAMENTO - On Monday, April 25, Deputy Secretary of the Interior David Hayes and California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird will gather with stakeholders and the public to discuss the continued development of the Bay Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP), including plans for obtaining public input into the BDCP process.

The public meeting will take place from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Tsakapolous Library Galleria, 828 I Street in Sacramento.

The Department of the Interior and the state of California are committed to moving forward with the development of a habitat conservation plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta that achieves the dual goals of the BDCP-ecosystem restoration and water supply reliability.

Development of the BDCP began in 2006 and has involved the active participation of water contractors and agencies, environmental and conservation organizations, state and federal agencies and other stakeholder groups.