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Caltrans 29th Annual Workers Memorial 2019
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statewide 2019 Fallen Workers Memorial.
REBUILDING CALIFORNIA - Senate Bill 1
Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act
of 2017 invests $54 billion over the next decade
to fix roads, freeways and bridges.
See where the money is going at www.rebuildingca.ca.gov.
Rating Highway Conditions
Disastrous Fire Season
State Rail Revival
Caltrans Adopts State Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
First-Ever Statewide Plan Creates Framework to Increase Safe Bicycling and Walking.
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SB 1 Opportunities for Small and Diverse Businesses
Under SB 1, Caltrans will be increasing its outreach and training efforts
aimed at helping small businesses make connections and learn
how to navigate contracting with the State.
Caltrans is replacing our legacy irrigation controllers with new controllers that dynamically adjust water applied to landscape plants based upon current weather conditions. This approach ensures healthy plant life and conserves precious water resources.
As a steward of California’s precious water resources, Caltrans actively manages, promotes and implements water conservation practices within the highway transportation system and associated facilities. Cost effective and appropriate water conservation strategies are employed in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of transportation facilities including water conserving irrigation systems for highway planting and to the maximum extent practicable, the use of recycled water.
Other practices that landscape architects employ on highway planting projects to conserve the state’s limited water resources include:
For information on specific approaches taken by Caltrans to conserve water on highway planting and mitigation projects, please visit our planting guidance web page.
1. 50% minimum statewide reduction in potable water use from 2013 baseline per Caltrans "Water Conservation for Highway Projects" Memo.
2. Comply with the Memo "Storm Water Management Plan Implementation and MWELO Compliance".
3. Comply with Deputy Directive 13 – "Water Conservation and the Model Water Efficiency Landscape Ordinance".
4. Limit planting to native and non-native plants appropriate for the project micro-climate so no water beyond natural rainfall is required for healthy plant survival after the plant establishment period.
5. Limit supplemental water provided by irrigation to non-potable, unless not practical.
At least one of the following actions occur:
1. Local water agency requires water conservation
2. State requires voluntary conservation statewide
1. Consider delaying the planting work until the voluntary conservation requirements are lifted.
2. Consider using non-potable water truck watering sources.
3. Submit written documentation of water availability with the submittal of the contract for advertisement.
1. Local water agency requires mandatory conservation
2. State requires mandatory conservation statewide
Caltrans is committed to conserving California's precious potable water resources. To demonstrate that commitment, Caltrans Director Dougherty has directed Caltrans to convert 100% of landscape irrigation to non-potable (recycled or other non-drinkable) water sources by 2036. Wherever fiscally feasible, designers should attempt to bring recycled water transmission lines to the highway right-of-way, and modify associated existing irrigation systems to operate properly with recycled rather than potable water.
A good summary of Recycled Water Law requirements for designers.
Maps listing existing recycled water transmission lines have been developed by local water agencies throughout the State. Please refer to the maps below (and those developed by your local water agency) to expand your use of recycled water use wherever possible.
Click here for a summary of the latest actions taken by Caltrans to address the drought.
Updated Nov 21, 2016