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Image credit: Community Transit This article originally appeared in the HeraldNet Everett, Washington on January 15, 2024 and was written by Jordan Hansen . The transit agency’s “Journey 2050” report gazes 25 years into the future, touching on ambitious goals with light rail arriving. Community Transit’s new long-term plan , Journey 2050, includes new Swift routes, a transition to zero emissions and a revamped approach with light rail service coming to Snohomish County. It spans 25 years and seeks to accomplish regional transit expansion, zero emissions and a broad goal to increase mobility. The Community Transit plan is also influenced ...
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The Chat with CTA chatbot will give riders quicker access to CTA’s website, providing answer to riders' questions and concerns within minutes. To better connect with its riders, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has partnered with Google Public Sector to develop Chat with a CTA chatbot, a new virtual assistant communication tool to help rider report issues and provide feedback to the agency. “We are committed to continuing to find new, convenient ways for our customers to contact us and using more modern technology can help improve the CTA travel experience,” said CTA President Dorval R. Carter, Jr. “We’re happy to be partnering with Google Public Sector ...
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This article was written by Karen Robes Meeks and published by Pacific Maritime Magazine on January 9, 2024. The Port of Olympia has deployed a research vessel to determine the scope of legacy pollution in Budd Inlet. Launched Jan. 8, the research vessel is tasked with collecting sediment samples in the inlet over the next two months for lab analysis. The results would help the port develop a cleanup plan. “The Port of Olympia recognizes the importance of addressing legacy pollutants in Budd Inlet,” port Director of Strategic Initiatives and Commission Affairs Camille St. Onge said. “We understand our responsibility to the community and the ...
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Kids learn to build a shelter during the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District's winter break survival skills camp on Jan. 2. Credit: Chris Koeberl This article was originally written by Chris Koeberl and published by the Clear Creek Courant on January 4, 2024. A week-long series of classes organized by the Clear Creek Metropolitan Recreation District teaches kids 5 to 15 years old how to survive in the mountains that surround Idaho Springs. CCMRD Wilderness Survival Specialist Roary Archibald used real-life experience and hands-on learning techniques to teach the students. “The way I teach wilderness skills is kind of what ...
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Photo: A Southern Utah home is seen before and after a landscape conversion as part of the Water Efficient Landscape Program (Washington County Water Conservancy) This article originally appeared in KSL.com December 5, 2023 by Katie Workman Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District is a political subdivision of the State of Utah that provides water to cities, improvement districts, and retail customers within Salt Lake County. It is one of the largest water districts in Utah. It employs 160 people in all aspects of water: raw water, treatment, delivery, development, and conservation. Washington County Water Conservancy District is a not-for-profit ...
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Originally published on Pacific Marine Business News August 15, 2023 By Karen Robes Meeks The Port of Seattle plans to build a Maritime Innovation Center in the Ship Supply Building at Fishermen’s Terminal, the port announced Aug. 8. Port commissioners have agreed to invest $32.6 million toward building the center, which would house incubator and accelerator programs for businesses and nurture workforce development programs in the maritime industry. The center is expected to be built sustainably. “The transformation of the port’s oldest building into a world-class center is a reflection of the port’s commitment to investing in innovation so ...
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Photo by Kevin Loesch on Unsplash This article was originally published in the Havre Daily News by Christy Bambrough on June 20, 2023. Districts Make The Difference is not affiliated with the publisher and has posted this article for informational purposes only. Hill County Conservation District serves Hill County, Montana. The district was created in 1946, along with many other conservation districts in the United States, after the crisis of the Dust Bowl Era . Montana’s Conservation Districts represent the water, soil, and other natural resource needs of their communities. Each county has a district that monitors 310 stream permits and ...
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This article originally appeared in The News Review on nrt.com . Riddle Fire Protection District is a volunteer fire department in Douglas County, Oregon. In addition to fires, the crews respond to medical emergencies, vehicle accidents, rescue call and incidents involving hazardous materials. Photo credit: Riddle Fire Protection District The Riddle Fire Protection District was awarded funding through the Oregon State Fire Marshal, made possible through Senate Bill 762, to assist in mitigating wildfire risk in rural parts of Riddle’s fire district. This funding will make it possible for Riddle fire to conduct what is called “pre-incident triage” reporting ...
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This article was written by Conrad Swanson, Denver City Hall Reporter for The Fort Morgan Times. The article first appeared March 23, 2023 and can be viewed in its original form by following this link to The Fort Morgan Times. Image credit: Colorado Public Radio Climate change is transforming Colorado’s wildfire season into a year-round danger While Colorado’s wildfires are evolving to burn hotter, spread faster and reach farther, state officials combatting the natural disasters are evolving as well. The Telluride Fire Protection District is partnering with the San Miguel Power Association and an artificial intelligence company – ...
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Originally published on the South Florida Water Management District website . Computer models are important and powerful tools used by scientists to monitor, evaluate, study, and protect South Florida’s precious water resources and ecosystems. Rooted in mathematics, physics and hydrology, these comprehensive models allow scientists to simulate complex systems and answer complex questions. Did you know the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) uses state-of-the-art computer models and other analytical tools to help guide important water management decisions for the benefit of people and the environment of South Florida? Using comprehensive ...
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More than a year ago, residents and stakeholders concerned with the fiscal sustainability of local emergency response services in northwest Lancaster County, Pennsylavania began to address and offer community-driven solutions in response to the local crisis. As a result, eight municipalities have banded together for the creation of the Municipal Emergency Services Authority of Lancaster County – the first municipal authority (special district) in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide EMS services. Congratulations to the citizens and stakeholders of the northwestern Lancaster County community on this historic achievement! Read more about ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: January 19, 2023 Contact: Kristin Withrow, Communications Specialist info@districtsmakethedifference.org Video Contest Brings Scholarship Opportunity to High Schools Sacramento, Calif. – The National Special Districts Coalition (NSDC) is promoting a scholarship contest for high school students designed to encourage young people across the country to engage with local government to enhance their civics education. The scholarships are designed as awards for a student video contest operated through the coalition’s public awareness campaign “Districts Make ...
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The annual student video scholarship contest from the Districts Make The Difference public awareness campaign hosted by the National Special Districts Coalition is now open to high school students grade 9-12 across the U.S. Special districts are encouraged to help us use this scholarship opportunity to raise public awareness of the essential services provided by special districts in communities all over the United States. The Districts Make The Difference website offers inspirational past videos and a toolkit for special districts and schools to use to spread the word. The toolkit provides social media images and a press release sample for district or ...
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FRESNO COUNTY, CA -- The latest Fresno Irrigation District (FID) groundwater recharge basin has been completed and was in use this past summer in time to serve its intended purpose in benefiting thirsty surrounding lands. A ribbon cutting event took place in August to mark completion of the 30-acre Savory Groundwater Recharge Basin. The 30-acre plot is strategically located next to the Fresno Irrigation District's Oleander Canal, which sends water to users but can now move excess floodwater to recharge the new underground aquifer. Taking part in the August 19 Savory Basin dedication were (from left) Fresno Irrigation District General Manager Bill ...
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Photo, left to right: Peter Grevatt, CEO of The Water Research Foundation, OJ McFoy, Chief Executive Officer, Buffalo Sewer Authority, Buffalo, NY, Kristeen Farlow, Strategic Communications Manager, San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District, Karen Pallansch, General Manager/CEO of Alexandria Renew Enterprises, Tom Sigmund, Executive Director NEW Water (Wisconsin) representing NACWA (National Association of Clean Water Agencies) The San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District was among 34 water resource recovery facilities recognized as a Utility of the Future Today recipient during the international Water Environment Federation’s Technical ...
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Article from: Colorado Photo: The Chimney Hollow construction site is seen west of Loveland on April 27, 2022. The project is expected to yield 30,000 acre-feet of water each year, supporting 12 partners in the project. (Greeley Tribune) Despite significant political profile differences between communities such as Boulder and Greeley, when it comes to water, there’s agreement that collaboration is the key to resiliency in water availability and system reliability. Utility directors from Greeley and Boulder, along with the general manager of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District , talked about regional water collaboration during a ...
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East Valley Water District, simply referred to locally as the “District,” is located in San Bernardino County and was formed by local election in 1954 to provide water service to the unincorporated and agriculture-based community. Over the years, it has expanded to include sewer service. The District operates with a community-elected Board of Directors, including five residents representing their neighbors, and a general manager and staff. The District does not receive revenue from property tax and operates solely on rates paid for services by its more than 104,000 customers. A press release on September 6, 2022, announced the District was recently awarded ...
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The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) is a special district dedicated to protecting public health by controlling rats, flies, mosquitoes, Red Imported Fire Ants, and other vector-related issues. The District strives to bring new technology and innovative concepts to the forefront of vector-borne disease prevention . Since 1947, OCMVCD has been dedicated to the cities it serves and will celebrate its 75 th Anniversary along with a new book, Grandmother Mosquito which will help further the District's reach by expanding partnerships with local agencies. The District will promote new educational resources for residents ...
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