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TID recognized for advancing sustainability practices

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The Turlock Irrigation District (TID) was awarded a Beacon Leadership and Innovation Award at CSDA’s 2021 Annual Conference held Aug. 30-Sept. 2 in Monterey. TID is the first-ever special district to receive a Beacon Award for excellence in advancing environmental sustainability.

“TID is honored to be recognized for our water management operations through the 2021 Beacon Leadership & Innovation award for our leadership in climate resilience from the Institute for Local Government. Many may not associate an irrigation district with cutting edge technology, but TID is committed to harnessing the latest technology that will allow the district to make the most informed decisions, providing greater certainty to our customers, and ensuring that every last drop of water is being beneficially used,” said TID General Manager Michelle Reimers.

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Infrastructure bill will help Valley store water, fix roads

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The $1 trillion federal infrastructure package is being touted as a victory for the country’s roads, water storage, internet capabilities and public works systems, but how will it benefit Turlock?

The legislation was approved by the U.S. Senate on Aug. 10 following a 69-30 vote, with 19 Republicans joining all 50 Democrats in supporting the plan.

“This bipartisan bill has the investments we need to fix our roads and bridges, finally build new water storage projects, and get our firefighters the tools and technology to keep all of us safe,” Rep. Josh Harder (D-Turlock) said. “It’s supported by Republicans and Democrats alike so I’m working to get it signed into law as fast as I can.”

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Backyard nursery offers plants at discounted prices

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Name of business: Green Aura Plant Life

Type of business: Backyard discount nursery

Location: 694 Mitchell Ave. in Turlock

Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. by appointment Sunday through Monday

Contact information: 209-202-8839; gaplantlife@gmail.com; @green_aura_plant_life on Instagram

Specialty: Indoor plants for all skill levels

History of business:

Like many people throughout the country and the world, Turlock resident Audrina Mae’s world was turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. The single mother lost her job thanks to the virus that shut the globe down, and as a result her mental health took a turn for the worst.

Also like many, Mae found solace in taking care of indoor plants — a quarantine hobby that not only helped pull her out of depression, but resulted in a business she could call her own.

“I found that plants were very therapeutic for me,” Mae said. “I really wanted to collect plants, but I couldn’t afford them.”

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Community Garden back after pandemic

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It seems fitting that an empty lot in the historic part of Ceres – named for the Roman goddess of agriculture – is yielding produce in great variety thanks to a collective of green thumbs.

The 6,500-square-foot Ceres Community Garden was introduced in May 2018 at the southeast corner of Fifth and Lawrence streets thanks to the generosity of owner Shane Parson. Since then, community members who are able to get beds on a first-come, first-served basis have been successfully growing grapes, artichokes, squash, corn, green beans, carrots, turnips, okra and tomatoes.

The garden is back this year after COVID-19 stifled activity in 2020.

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Don Pedro is better off than most reservoirs

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With the drought taking center stage, the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors received information on June 14 regarding exactly how much water is available in Don Pedro Reservoir.

TID hydrologist Olivia Cramer showed the Board during their meeting last week that while Don Pedro may appear to have substantially more stored water than a majority of reservoirs in California, there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the numbers. 

According to data published by the California Department of Water Resources, Don Pedro currently sits at 64 percent of its 2,030,000-acre-foot capacity, or 1,305,688 acre-feet. This is 84 percent of the reservoir’s historical average for the date and puts Don Pedro above every other reservoir in California except for Lake Perris, which is much smaller. 

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Drought planning leaves Don Pedro with 27% of full capacity

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As the drought throughout the state continues to worsen, the Turlock Irrigation District Board of Directors received information on Tuesday regarding exactly how much water is available in Don Pedro Reservoir. 

TID hydrologist Olivia Cramer showed the Board during their meeting this week that while Don Pedro may appear to have substantially more stored water than a majority of reservoirs in California, there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the numbers. 

According to data published by the California Department of Water Resources, Don Pedro currently sits at 64% of its 2,030,000-acre-foot capacity, or 1,305,688-acre feet. This is 84% of the reservoir’s historical average for the date and puts Don Pedro above every other reservoir in California except for Lake Perris, which is much smaller. 

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Turlock church 1 of 5 finalists for national agricultural grant

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TURLOCK, Calif. (KTXL) — Brook Baltazar is one of dozens of kids getting hands-on agricultural training as part of the Westside Ministries Food Literacy Program in Turlock. 

“This week, we’ve been out here every day at 8 a.m. just harvesting and picking the weeds,” Brook said. 

Founder Dr. JoLynn DiGrazia started the food literacy program at her church with her husband 22 years ago. 

“Starting kids as small children so they have an appreciation of growing plants and understanding a little bit more where their food comes from,” said Joseph DiGrazia. 

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Blue Diamond Growers’ Turlock plant earns green recognition

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After their Salida facility became the first business in Stanislaus County to earn the recognition in April, the Blue Diamond Growers plant in Turlock followed suit this month when it became Green Business Certified.

The plant was honored with the distinction following a comprehensive certification process through the Modesto Chamber of Commerce’s California Green Business Network, Stanislaus County program, and the achievement goes to companies that achieve a verified set of standards, including reducing water use, conserving energy, preventing pollution, increasing recycling, avoiding waste, encouraging alternative transportation and partnering with other local vendors.

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Beautification Committee, others join in park clean-up

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Approximately 40 community members, including scouts, Army recruiters, citizens and city officials and workers reported for a two-hour Saturday work detail in Smyrna Park to pick up trash. They’re hoping the community takes notice and does its part by picking up trash throughout Ceres.

The event was organized by the city’s Ceres Beautification Committee which began in 2019 as a think tank for ways to reduce blight and improve aesthetics. After months of talking and coming up with ideas, the group decided to roll up their sleeves and pick up trash to draw attention to the problem of blight.

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Ceres celebrates trees

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Ceres city officials celebrated Arbor Day with a special tree planting ceremony at Smyrna Park on Tuesday, May 11.

The city Recreation Department staff and Public Work employees presided over the planting of an ornamental pear tree at the Presidents Grove along a Smyrna Park walkway in tribute of the nation’s new president, Joseph R. Biden Jr.

The “Let Freedom Ring” presidential grove was dedicated in June 2012. 

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