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October 19, 2018
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Flood Preparedness Open House


Next Tuesday, October 23, 2018, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Zone 7 is hosting a Flood Preparedness Open House, which includes participation from the cities of Pleasanton and Livermore; Alameda County; Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); and California Department of Water Resources (DWR). There will be various displays and information about what you can do to be flood-prepared, along with what Zone 7 has done to prepare its regional flood-protection system.

 

If you wish to attend, please register via the evite.
 

During the Open House guests are invited to attend the “Get to Know Your Flood Protection and Watershed” Tour.  The tour will view flood protection and habitat features near El Charro Road and will begin at 5:45 p.m. and return to Zone 7 at 6:30 p.m. Transportation for 6 to 10 people will be provided.  Pre-registration is encouraged to ensure your seat.  Please contact Robyn Navarra at 925-454-5065 to sign up.

Board Adopts New Water Rates and Fees

At this week’s Board meeting, the Zone 7 Board of Directors voted to raise key rates and connection fees, including treated water rates for Calendar Year (CY) 2019 – 2022, untreated water rates for CY 2019, and municipal and industrial water connection fees for CY 2019.

Zone 7 is committed to providing a reliable supply of high-quality water in a fiscally responsible way. The rate increases are necessary to maintain and upgrade an aging water system (most of it was built in the 60’s and 70’s), keep up with changing regulatory requirements, and recruit & retain a highly skilled workforce. More details on Zone 7’s rate setting process can be found here: http://www.zone7water.com/images/pdf_docs/water_rates/tri-valley_water_presentation_8-29-18.pdf.
 
The treated water rate increase will result in an average household paying an additional $1.50 per month in CY 2019 to $2.31 per month in CY 2022.

Wow, That's A Lot of Trash!

Volunteers came out in force last month to pitch in at various cleanup sites at the seventh annual Tri-Valley Creeks to Bay Clean-up. Over 400 volunteers tackled thirteen sites across Livermore and Dublin, removing almost 3500 gallons of trash and recyclables from our local creeks. Not only does this effort make our streams and arroyos more enjoyable, but it also helps protect water quality, flood control channels, and habitat. Good job, volunteers – thank you for your hard work!


Photo Credit: Adopt a Creek Spot

The Creeks to Bay Clean-up was coordinated by the Adopt a Creek Spot Program, a partnership between Zone 7 Water Agency, the City of Livermore Water Resources Division, Livermore Area Recreation and Park District, Alameda County Resource Conservation District, Alameda County Watershed Forum, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, Friends of the Arroyos, Living Arroyos, and Goza Gear Eco-Friendly Screen Printing & Embroidery Work. The Program's mission is to promote healthy Tri-Valley creeks through active community participation and education.

Key Trail Connection Coming to Sycamore Grove Park

The Tri-Valley Conservancy announced that it will be building a new bridge that will connect the Arroyo del Valle Regional Trail in Sycamore Grove Park with a much larger regional trail. The trail currently dead-ends into Arroyo del Valle. Although there is a small footbridge at this spot during drier times of the year, the trail becomes impassable when the water flow is too high. It also is not feasible for bikes, equestrians, strollers, or people with disabilities to use the footbridge.


The current footbridge is currently only usable during dry times of the year, and it's not accessible to all trail users. Photo credit: Tri-Valley Conservancy


When the arroyo floods, the footbridge is removed and the trail becomes impassable. Photo credit: Tri-Valley Conservancy

Once the new bridge is built, Sycamore Grove Park will become part of a continuous 44-mile regional trail, linking up over 25,000 acres across five regional parks. It will also improve water quality, benefit wildlife habitat, and open up trail access for all.

Graphic credit: Tri-Valley Conservancy

As part of its flood control mission, Zone 7 owns and maintains 37 miles of local flood protection channels – about a third of all of the Valley’s channels and creeks. Zone 7 has been working with the Tri-Valley Conservancy to ensure that this key trail connection can be made in a way that meets its flood protection goals—including water flow, water quality, habitat, and public safety.​

Zone 7 Open Positions

Zone 7 currently has the following open positions:

Safety Technician II, Zone 7

Safety Technician II, under general supervision, assists in the development and maintenance of the safety management program in the Zone 7 Water Agency, assists and performs routine activities in the administration of assigned safety program segments; assists in training, sampling, monitoring, record keeping and equipment maintenance activities in the administration of assigned safety program segments; and assists in the planning, conducting and coordinating of occupational safety and health program segments

  • Filing Deadline: October 25, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Meetings:

Flood Preparedness Open House

Date: Tues., Oct. 23, 2018, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore

Board of Directors Meeting 

Date: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 7 p.m.*
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore  

* Please note that the November Board date has changed due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Livermore Valley Water Financing Authority (if needed)

Date: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 7 p.m.
Where: Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore

Reminder:

Adjust Outdoor Irrigation Settings for Fall Weather! 

Temperatures are cooling and rain is in the forecast - it’s time to check your automatic outdoor irrigation systems and scale back your watering schedules. You can check the moisture level in your soil by simply digging around with a screwdriver – if the dirt sticks together, you probably don’t need to water. If the dirt dry and crumbly, your plants may need a drink. As always, turn off all irrigation systems when it’s raining!

Conservation

The Tri-Valley Water-Wise Gardening website provides water-efficiency tips for landscaping and gardening based on climate and other factors specific to our region. To learn more, visit http://www.trivalleywaterwise.com/.

Check the websites of your local retailer:
- City of Pleasanton
- City of Livermore
- California Water Service Co. - Livermore
- Dublin San Ramon Services District

For rebate information, click here.

Report a Spill or Dumping

Zone 7 owns many flood control channels and creeks in the Cities of Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin, and in unincorporated areas of Eastern Alameda County. If you see a spill or dumping in any waterway, follow the directions below to report it:

1. If a spill is currently happening, call 911.

2. If the situation is not urgent, call: 

  • Zone 7 Administrative offices at (925) 454-5000 during business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Water Treatment Plant Operator at (925) 447-6704, ext. 1, during non-business hours

Mission Statement:
Zone 7 Water Agency is committed to providing a reliable supply of high quality water
and an effective flood control system to the Livermore-Amador Valley. In fulfilling our present and future commitments to the community, we will develop and manage the water resources in a fiscally responsible, innovative, proactive, and environmentally sensitive way.

Vision Statement:
To be recognized as the platinum standard water and flood control district in which to live, work and do business by enhancing the quality of life, economic vitality and environmental health of the communities we serve.

Values:
OPEN AND TRANSPARENT -- The Board's meetings and communications shall be open and public, except when the Brown Act authorizes otherwise.
CUSTOMER SERVICE -- Our commitment to the community requires prompt, respectful and courteous relations with our customers, both internal and external, as well as pursuing community partnerships and collaboration with     other area public agencies when beneficial to the public.
INTEGRITY -- We practice the highest ethical standards and maintain open, honest communications at all levels of the organization at all times.
FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE -- We will operate in a productive, cost effective, transparent and efficient manner to ensure sound financial stability.
ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE -- In carrying out our mission, we are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the environment while complying with regulations.
INNOVATIVE/PROACTIVE -- We encourage innovation, creativity and ingenuity, seeking constant improvement and keeping up with the latest economical technologies and management practices.
SAFETY -- We are committed to public and employee safety to maintain a healthy work environment.  We work safely and provide safe products and services.
EMPLOYEE DEVELOPMENT -- We foster a respect for diversity, equality, a spirit of performance-based accountability and productivity along with personal and professional growth for all team members so as to achieve excellence through the collective energy that comes from a work environment where each employee can flourish and succeed to their highest potential.
Copyright © 2013 Zone 7 Water Agency, All rights reserved.

Contact Information:
Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway, Livermore, CA 94551
925-454-5000
 
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