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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 »

EDH Crime Watch: May 16-22

The following information was taken from El Dorado County sheriff’s reports: School rage May 16: A 16-year-old boy received a citation after allegedly grabbing a classmate by the throat and shoving the victim against the wall at school. Stranger danger May 16: A 14-year-old boy reported that a stranger drove up next to him on […]

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

Eagle Scout Greg Stein takes flight

Eagle Scout Greg Stein

Greg Stein of El Dorado Hills Troop 465 earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Greg’s Court of Honor will be held at the Placerville Airport at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. Greg’s project is an outdoor bulletin board for the Placerville EAA Chapter 512, located just outside of the EAA hangar at the Placerville […]

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

Take caution in the great outdoors: Chipmunks and squirrels can carry plague

Due to increased plague activity in the Tahoe Basin area last fall, El Dorado County health officials advise caution this summer. The California Department of Public Health routinely monitors rodent populations for plague activity in California. Last September and October, a surveillance effort identified three chipmunks as positive for plague in the South Lake Tahoe […]

No Comment / May 22, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Biking thousands of miles for children thousands of miles away

Lee Wiegand, right, stands with Ride For Hope Tanzania Director Assed in Daytona Beach, the end of the 2011 Ride for Hope. Courtesy photo

Imagine touching the tip of your bicycle’s back tire into the Pacific Ocean, hopping on and not stopping until the front tire splashes into the Atlantic. That’s Lee Wiegand’s plan next month when the 54-year-old El Dorado Hills resident participates in the 2013 Ride for Hope Coast to Coast, starting at Dana Point and ending […]

No Comment / May 20, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »