Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Found A Soil And Water Candidate To Vote For in Guilford COunty

A friend of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens of the Triad forwarded me information on one of the Soil and Water Candidates. This position is one of the strangest votes any voter in Guilford County has to cast. On Triadwatch my take on this vote was to put the names in a hat and pick one. Sorry to my friend that I early voted but here is the information on one of the candidates for Soil and Water. Here is the information below on Andrew Courts.

Andrew Courts
Soil and Water District Supervisor

1. Create a speakers bureau to provide educational programs to both adults and children about the importance of water conservation and how to implement.
2. Push understanding of the importance of water availability to economic development/relocating businesses.
3. Work on putting the "green" into Greensboro.
4. Continue work on increasing riparian buffers along Guilford County waterways
5. We need to enforce water restrictions year round.
6. Use the Commission as a "bully pulpit" for all matters concerning water in Guilford County and to a lesser degree, North Carolina.

· More than 25 years in Guilford County
· Energy Star Rater – Environmental Solutions Group
· Real Estate Professional – EcoBroker
· Certified NAHB Green Build Verifier
· GTCC Instructor - Environmental Hazards
· Member, Guilford Environmental Review Board
· Member, Guilford County Board of Adjustments
· Member, Piedmont Environmental Center
· Member, Greensboro Beautiful
· Member, National Gardening Association
· Former Commissioner, Greensboro Housing Commission
· Adopt-a-Stream (3)
· Eagle Scout

Water Conservation Tips

1. Use a timer while watering your grass and do so only as necessary. Water with a hose, especially in times of drought. Best of all, convert your lawn to native plants.
2. Fix leaky faucets and plumbing joints. Savings of 20 gallons per day for every leak stopped.
3. Don't run the hose while washing your car. Use a bucket of water and a quick hose rinse at the end. Better idea, drive a dirty car.
4. Install water-saving shower heads or flow restrictors.
5. Run only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher.
6. Shorten your showers. Even a one or two minute reduction can save up to 700 gallons per month.
7. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.
8. Don't use your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket.
9. Capture tap water. While you wait for hot water to come down the pipes, catch the flow in a watering can to use later on house plants, your garden or washing your car.
10. Don't water the sidewalks, driveway or gutter. Adjust your sprinklers so that water lands on your lawn or garden where it belongs--and only there.

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