July 2018
Mike Ransom, ALCC president

Just as I was putting my July letter together, Denver set a record high temperature of 105! With temperatures in the high 90s and 101 prior, it was a tough week for our teams working outside--not to mention getting plants and sod from our suppliers to our project sites and in the ground before we lost the material. I hope everyone was safe and stayed hydrated and profitable!

July is Smart Irrigation Month, an Irrigation Association initiative to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of efficient irrigation technologies, products and services. Timely, given our temperatures last week. One of the many things I love about our industry is our ability to innovate and to use new technology, facts and data to solve problems and deliver increased value to our customers and staff.

ALCC is working to do the same. We now have valuable information about our H-2B needs and strong partnerships to help us resolve the issue. Many of you will join ALCC in Washington DC for Legislative Days on the Hill in just a few weeks (July 15-17) to deliver and leverage our message about our need for H-2B. CSU’s water study and ALCC’s voice bring facts to demonstrate that our industry uses only 3% of Colorado’s water supply. These facts and data will help us through in the event of future water restrictions. The benefits landscaping outweigh losing or not having our green. Yes, we respect the value of water, and we work hard--and smart--to conserve and consume just what is needed.

ALCC is working on more data, new insights, better answers to key issues (critical research for more imaginative programs to solve toughest problems) in other areas as well. Together we can overcome these challenges and future issues to come.

Mike Ransom, Lifescape Colorado

ALCC President

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