Steamboat briefs: Area water districts agree to limited residential car washing

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The city of Steamboat Springs announced Wednesday that area water districts have agreed to allow limited residential car washing once Stage 2 water restrictions take effect May 1.

The city announced in early April that the restrictions would take effect in the four districts that provide water to the Steamboat area: Mount Werner Water and Sanitation District, the City of Steamboat Springs District, the Steamboat II Metro District and the Tree Haus Metro District.

Residential car washing previously was not permitted under Stage 2 restrictions, but area water providers have decided to allow it on scheduled watering days, which include Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays for those with addresses that end in even numbers, and Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays for those with odd numbers. Watering is not permitted from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or all day Wednesdays. Residents who plan to wash their cars also must use a bucket or spring-loaded hose nozzle with an auto-shutoff. Biodegradable detergent is recommended.

Power washing or hosing down surfaces remains prohibited by the restrictions, and water features must meet certain guidelines to prevent water waste. For more information and a list of water-saving tips, visit www.steamboatsprings.net or www.mwwater.com.

CMC students invited to join tree-planting event

Colorado Mountain College students are invited to participate in a tree-planting event from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday for Earth Day. The 60 trees that will be planted were donated to Bruce Beckum’s Environmental Ethics class by the Students for Sustainability Club.

On May 1, the class will host a fun run and community sustainability fair with donations benefitting the Sustainability Club. There will be booths providing sustainable information as well as music, crafts and refreshments. Participants are asked to bring a reusable water container and an old, paintable T-shirt. For more information, email cmcearthday@gmail.com.

Prekindergarten educators workshop is set for June 1

A Project Learning Tree workshop for prekindergarten educators is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 1 at Bud Werner Memorial Library. The cost is $35, including the Environmental Experience for Early Childhood Activity Guide. This workshop will teach educators how to use nature and the environment with preschool-age children. To register or for more information, call Carolina Manriquez or Claudia Stout of the Colorado State Forest Service at 970-879-0475. The deadline to register is May 25. 

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