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Mow Down Pollution – Lawnmower Exchange Program

Program Overview
Gas powered lawn mowers and lawn equipment contribute nearly 10% of the Denver metro area’s ozone pre-cursor emissions. The Mow Down Pollution lawn mower exchange program helps area residents get rid of old gasoline powered mowers, and switch to environmentally friendly electric mowers.
How it Works
Participants register at mowdownpollution.org, for one of the three events happening in the Denver metro area. Two models of discounted Black+Decker electric mowers are available, and pricing is determined from a combination of chosen model, sales tax, and trade in.
Participants with old gasoline mowers to recycle will receive additional discounts on their new electric mower. Please note, all gasoline mowers to be traded in must have the liquids drained prior to arrival at the event. no mowers will be accepted with oil or gas in them
Logistics
Events take place on Saturdays, from about 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the parking lots of the Budweiser Event Center on 4/29/17, Dicks Sporting Goods Park on 5/6/17, and Eco-Cycle’s CHaRM facility on 6/3/17. Participants arrive at the event at a pre-determined time (chosen during registration) and never have to leave their vehicles! If they bring an old mower, it is carried from their vehicle and the new mower is loaded up. Participants can also purchase electric lawn equipment (trimmers/edger’s/blowers). The new electric lawn and garden accessories will ship directly to the customer, and not be available for same day pickup.
For any additional questions, contact Kaylyn Bopp (kbopp@raqc.org) 303.629.5450×290

Garden In A Box Kits Now on Sale!

Garden In A Box flowersThe 2017 Garden In A Box kits are NOW ON SALE. Transform your landscape and conserve water with the easy and affordable Xeric garden kits. As a city of Golden customer, you’ll receive $25 off the garden of your dreams. Browse the full collection of eye-popping gardens at ConservationCenter.org/gardens and get yours before they’re gone!

Garden In A Box, a selection of professionally designed perennial gardens comprised of Xeric (low water) plants, offers residents a simple approach to an eye-catching yard. These do it yourself garden kits come with 15 to 30 starter plants, a comprehensive Plant and Care Guide, and 1 to 3 plant by number maps. Regardless of expertise, you can save water and beautify your landscape with these affordable gardens.

Learn about Xeriscaping at a Water-Wise Landscape Seminar April 4

Water-Wise Landscape SeminarThe Center for ReSource Conservation is partnering with The City of Golden to present the Water-Wise Landscape Seminar, Xeriscape: Add COLOR and LIFE to Your Landscape, on April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Golden Community Center; 1470 10th Street in Golden.

One of the most exciting aspects of creating a water-wise garden is selecting the plants that will thrive in your yard and provide your landscape with glorious color and vibrancy. This seminar will teach you about hardy, low water, and climate appropriate perennials that will provide lasting, and often year-round, beauty and dimension to your landscape. If you want to know how to add layers of endless color and life to your landscape, then this is the presentation for you. Learn about planning, designing, and maintaining a water-wise garden that’s not only pollinator-friendly but also incredibly rich in color and beauty.

Landscape seminars are offered at no cost, and they are open to everyone. For more details, or to register, visit ConservationCenter.org/Water-Wise-Seminars. Call 303-999-3820 x222 or email gardeninfo@conservationcenter.org with any questions.

AquaHawk Alerting Helps City of Golden Water Customers Track Usage

How much water am I using?The City of Golden encourages water customers who have received a new water meter to sign up for AquaHawk Alerting, a free web-based service that enables customers to more efficiently manage their water usage and lower their water bills. The online tool helps customers wade through any confusion on their water usage and helps track past and present usage of water.

Customers can sign up to receive alerts about leaks or out of the ordinary usage. Alerts can be received via text message, e-mail, or phone call. AquaHawk is an extension of the city’s automated metering system, aimed at helping customers understand their water usage and billing. Customers are able to see their usage in convenient customizable graphs to understand their water habits. It can help budget by setting a monetary or water gallon goal.

A few recent AquaHawk customer comments include:

“We are thrilled to be able to see our daily water use! It’s so convenient be able to login anytime, see an estimate of what we’ve already spent, and view a projected bill amount.”

“I felt more comfortable leaving town, knowing that AquaHawk would alert me if there was a leak.” “I can finally see real time information about how much water my irrigation system is really using.”

“I’ve been working to conserve water in our household. It’s very satisfying making a change and then being able to go on AquaHawk the next day and see how much you saved”

The City of Golden water meter replacement project began in late March and will continue for several months until completed. The new meter reading system allows water meters to be read hourly down to a single gallon of water. Approximately 1500 meters have been replaced to date.

Visit the Water Usage Monitoring page for more information.

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 Did You Know?
Golden was originally chosen as the territorial capital of Colorado in 1862.

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