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Stormwater runoff in EPA’s sights

If you printed and shredded all the federal, state and local research and regulations on stormwater runoff, along with the reams of strategy and sustainability plans, the paper mountain would dwarf Bob Lilly’s 550 tons of shredded carpet. A landmark 2008 study by the National Research Council found runoff to be the major source of […]

No Comment / May 23, 2013 | Posted in News | Read More »

Carpet recycling gains traction

Californians began paying 5 cents per square yard to fund a carpet recycling program in 2011, courtesy of Assembly Bill 2398. The program is administered by the Carpet America Recover Effort, and overseen by CalRecycle. It currently costs $78 per ton to dispose of old carpet in El Dorado County. Area carpet recyclers, set up […]

No Comment / May 23, 2013 | Posted in News | Read More »

Old carpet fuels sustainability project

Josh, left, and Bob Lilly have a plan to turn old carpet into water filtration. They operate out of the old Westel-Oviatt lumber mill south of El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

“Post-consumer” carpet — the gnarly, old, dog-stained stuff from our tired dens and bedrooms — is clogging the nation’s landfills. Much of it consists of poly-something synthetics that are nearly impossible to recycle. There’s currently 550 tons of it shredded into neat piles at the old Wetsel-Oviatt lumber mill site in El Dorado Hills, part of a […]

No Comment / May 23, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Kyburz memorial celebrates family’s role in history

Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

On a bright Saturday morning during the sesquicentennial year of the nation’s Civil War, Samuel E. Kyburz, a veteran of that war, received a proper military memorial service in the Clarksville Cemetery located on the rocky hill immediately east of El Dorado Hills Town Center, where records show he was laid to rest in 1917 […]

1 Comment / May 13, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Estimating transit demand is tricky business

The El Dorado County Transportation Commission recently unveiled a comprehensive assessment of public transportation alternatives and costs in El Dorado Hills, and took an analytical approach to the murky task of estimating transit demand. The study, conducted by LSC Transportation Consultants in Tahoe City, used data from the American Community Survey, which is part of […]

No Comment / May 13, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Daily bus service unlikely in El Dorado Hills

El Dorado Hills is the largest foothill community along the Highway 50 corridor, and the only one without local fixed-route bus service. Would El Dorado Hills residents use local bus service if it were available? A recent study suggests that a flexible, well-planned route in the north-south core of El Dorado Hills on weekdays would […]

No Comment / May 13, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

New Oak Ridge principal sparked South Sac school’s turnaround

Oak Ridge High School’s next principal Paul Burke was on campus briefly last Thursday, and provided a taste of the enthusiasm and intensity that sparked an amazing turnaround at underperforming Samuel Jackman Middle School in South Sacramento and landed him the top job at the El Dorado Hills high school. Two hours after the last bell, […]

2 Comments / May 06, 2013 | Posted in News | Read More »