The latest ALCC news, including Colorado Green NOW articles, legislative updates, and programming announcements. 

Roller coaster week in H-2B legislation Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 05:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

The H-2B visa program has seen a flurry of legislative activity in DC this week. Advocates for H-2B were pleased to find the returning worker exception included in the upcoming fiscal year 2022 appropriations bill, though it was quickly removed. The landscape industry and other industries reliant on H-2B turned their focus back to a language change on discretionary visas from “may” to “shall.”

But additional language in the bill remains a concern among H-2B supporters. The H-2B Workforce Coalition issued this statement, along with a call-to-action for supporters of the program:

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Outdoor improvements, lawn & garden purchases grew in 2020 Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 04:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

Homeowners spent more on home renovations and décor in 2020, according to the recently released 2021 Houzz & Home Study. Exterior work, outdoor living, and lawn/garden projects grew in popularity and the amount spent on each project increased as well. For example, median spending on deck and porch improvements projects grew by 25% over the previous year.

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Snowpack: not the water supply metric it used to be Email
Written by Lyn Dean   
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 03:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

Most who have lived in Colorado for at least a few years are accustomed to hearing the frequent media reports on snowpack measurements during the winter and spring. As a water-challenged state dependent on snowfall stored in high-elevation mountains and valleys during the winter months, our lives, livelihoods and the natural environment depend on the gradual melting of winter snowpack to meet all the competing water needs. According to the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey), about 75% of water supply in the western states is derived from the melting snowpack.

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Video: Establishment permits in Colorado Springs Email
Written by Colorado Springs Utilities   
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 01:00 AM

Colorado Green NOWEstablishing new sod in Colorado Springs? You'll need to apply for an establishment permit. Learn about the permit and how to apply in this video from Colorado Springs Utilities.

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Denver seeks experts for code amendment committees Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 12:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

The City of Denver’s Community Planning and Development encourages residents to participate in the process of updating city building and fire codes. The public can propose code amendments through Friday, July 23 for the 2022 code.

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