March 2021 LOCSD ENEWS Online
Spring has Sprung! Design a Drought-Tolerant Landscape For Your Home
An interactive website is available to help Los Osos residents design a beautiful drought-tolerant landscape for their home or business.
The website, www.slowaterwiselandscaping.com, has a tool that allows users to browse hundreds of beautiful landscape photos and zoom in on a selected plant. Detailed plant photos and plant information are then displayed, enabling users to select and print a customized plant list. The website’s resources section provides additional tips on landscape design, soil preparation, planting, efficient irrigation techniques, and watering guides for the county’s different climate zones. A video tutorial even shows people how to use the website.
For more information, contact Ron Munds, General Manager, at 805-528-9379 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOCAC Elections - Applications due March 13th!
LOCAC (Los Osos Community Advisory Council) will be holding elections for 4 Council Seats, one from each district. Elections will be held the beginning of May, the exact date to be determined. Applications are due March 13th! It’s easy to apply, you just need to sign the conditions of service, tell us about yourself and why you want to serve in one page or less!
For more information please see LOCAC's information page on their website - http://locac.info/2021-locac-election/
Top Troublemakers: Plastic Foam
From our friends at IWMA -
Have you ever thrown egg cartons, meat trays or takeout containers made of white foam into the recycling bin? Seems like the right thing to do considering they have the triangular recycling symbol on the bottom, right?
Unfortunately, expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam – often mistakenly referred to as “Styrofoam,” a trademarked name of a unique type of polystyrene – is not accepted in your curbside recycling. Here’s why.
There are two main problems with recycling EPS:
EPS is often contaminated with food debris or liquid and is difficult to sanitize. Food contaminants can cause entire loads of recyclables to be rejected and sent to the landfill instead.
Expanded polystyrene is approximately 5 percent plastic and 95 percent air. This means it is extremely lightweight and prone to flying away when collected from bins without a garbage bag. It also takes up a lot of room per unit of weight and is not cost-effective to transport.
- Use your own reusable mugs or food containers, and be conscious of vendors and restaurants that use expanded polystyrene foam.
- Opt for wadded paper, shredded paper or newspaper instead of “packing peanuts” to protect fragile packages.
- Use foam packing peanuts to refill pillows, cushions, or stuffed animals.
- Line the base of potted plants with polystyrene instead of pebbles for drainage, or use cups as seedling starters.
- Find other ideas online for reusing polystyrene packing peanuts, cups, food containers and trays, coolers and big blocks.
Upcoming Meetings for March 2021 and April 2021
LOCSD is also continuing with their monthly Board, Utilities Advisory Committee, Finance Advisory Committee and Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Meetings.
Pursuant to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-29-20, members of the Board of Directors, staff and public may participate in this meeting via teleconference and/or electronically.
Until this order is lifted, all LOCSD meetings will be held via Zoom. Information for each meeting and how to get connected is available on the Agenda for each meeting which can be found on the LOCSD Website which is posted a minimum of 72 hours before the meeting time.
Our upcoming meetings are:
Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Meeting - March 16, 2021 @ 5:30PM
Utilities Advisory Committee Meeting - March 17, 2021 @5:30PM
Finance Advisory Committee Meeting - March 29, 2021 @ 5:30PM
Board of Directors Meeting - April 1, 2021 @ 6PM - Streamed live on the Districts facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/losososcsd
Utilities Advisory Committee Meeting - April 21, 2021 @5:30PM
The LOCSD Boardroom will NOT be open for accessing the meetings until State direction is given and meetings can occur. For more information about the upcoming meetings for LOCSD, please go to our website, or click here.