California Implements Historic Water Restrictions

California’s State Water Resources Control Board has approved an emergency regulation to address the use of water under continuing extreme and exceptional drought conditions.

Under the new regulation, which went into effect around August 1, “all Californians will be expected to stop washing down driveways and sidewalks; watering of outdoor landscapes that cause excess runoff; and using potable water in a fountain or decorative water feature, unless the water is recirculated.”

Local agencies are allowed to ask courts to fine water users up to $500 per day for failure to implement conservation requirements. The emergency regulation is expected to remain in effect for 270 days; it can be extended if drought conditions persist.

LCIS, Harvest Group Form Partnership

Landscape Contractors Insurance Services, Inc. has formed a business partnership with The Harvest Group.

The alliance will provide LCIS customers with in-depth business training and customized consulting. LCIS specializes in insuring landscape contractors in some 22 states. The Harvest Group is an international business consultancy, based on more than 80 years of combined landscape business experience, currently doing business in 42 states and five countries.

LCIS customers will be able to access The Harvest Academy, an online program providing business tools, strategies and business support from the Harvesters, at a discount. Participation in teleconferences, webinars and regional seminars throughout the year will also be available with the sole objective of helping landscape contractors build better businesses and make more money.

PERC Partners with Audubon International

The Propane Education & Research Council has partnered with Audubon International to advance the use of clean, low-emission propane equipment, which aligns with Audubon International’s mission to facilitate responsible environmental management practices.

PERC’s support of Audubon International demonstrates a commitment to promoting awareness of propane’s environmental benefits. This partnership will explore various demonstrations and educational programs that increase awareness of propane as an alternative fuel and available incentives. With the availability of propane-powered landscape and turf equipment, propane autogas vehicles, commercial heating systems, and agricultural equipment from a variety of manufacturers, many industries can experience the fuel’s benefits.

PERC joins Audubon International as a sponsor of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program (ACSP). The ACSP is an education and certification program designed to help businesses protect the environment while enhancing their bottom line. It offers guidance on implementing sustainability plans and recognizes organizations through certification.