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Houston Gulf Coast Irrigation Association Providing public awareness of Texas and local irrigation laws while promoting and improving the professionalism of our membership. August 2006 August 8th GENERAL MEETING Join HGCIA and Craig Berlin with Hunter Industries for dinner! Craig will spon- sor the meeting at Lynden’s Pit BBQ Restaurant located at 13165 Northwest Freeway 290 @ Hollister. Lynden's is famous for their "pulled Pork"---worth trying if you're not familiar with this Southern tradition. We’ll have updates on upcoming CEU op- portunities as well as news from the Irrigation Advisory Council. Please join us to see the newest Hunter innovations and let Craig buy your dinner! $100 Dollar Door Prize! Bring a friend, double your chances to win, and stay informed about your industry! Tuesday, August 8th, 2006 6:00PM Social 6:30 Dinner Please RSVP Sheri Dunn @ 281-620-0990 or Romeo Montalvo 281-440-1110 MARK YOUR CALENDARS !!! August 17-20 TNLA Nursery/Landscape EXPO San Antonio Convention Center September 20 TTIA meeting in McCallen call Carl @ 877-ASK-TTIA for details Nov. 2-7 International Irrigation Show—San Antonio—www.irrigation.org/show December 19th—HGCIA CEU/EXPO Montgomery County College Free CEU’s!! January 13th-14th Southeast Texas Landscape Show—Conroe— www.STNGA.org January 21st 2007—Third Annual Texas Irrigators Cruise - Call Dave 832-661-2882 Thank you Tom Lydle of Vermeer Equipment for sponsoring our June meeting! HGCIA OFFICERS PRESIDENT Romeo Montalvo 281-440-1110 email@example.com VICE PRESIDENT Salle Morse 832-642-1332 firstname.lastname@example.org TREASURER Tom Riley 281-744-9280 email@example.com SECRETARY Sheri Dunn 713-385-2672 firstname.lastname@example.org Page 3 HOUSTON GULF COAST IRRIGATION ASSOC. HGCIA General Meeting Good Food and Great Company…….August 8,2006 Have you ever tried pulled pork? Hunter Industries, Inc., Craig Berlin, is sponsoring our August meeting at Lynden’s Pit BBQ located at 13165 Northwest Freeway (the corner of 290 and Hollister). Craig will be sharing the latest and great- est Hunter irrigation products. The social will begin at 6 pm providing an opportunity to meet other Houston irrigators and to vent concerns and resolve burning business issues. Dinner starts at 6:30. The meeting will begin promptly after everyone is served because your time is valuable. Your HGCIA board has been working hard on your behalf and will report local and state industry news. About that pulled pork, come see for yourself. Please RSVP Sherri Dunn @ 713.385.2672 or Romeo Montalvo @ 281.440.1110 . For further information call Lyndon’s Pit BBQ @ (713) 690-2112 Nursery/Landscape EXPO 2006 Excellent Experiences and Essential Business Tools! Pre-Expo Education Conference • August 17, 2006 Outdoor Product Showcase • August 17, 2006 Nursery/Landscape Expo • August 18-20, 2006 Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center • San Antonio, Texas Nursery/Landscape Expo is for profit and opportunity! More Ideas, More Opportunities, More Reasons to Attend!! Of- fering in one place, at one time, the opportunity to see and experience one of the most comprehensive collections of plant material, horticultural supplies and equipment, and industry education. Contact the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association at 800.880.0343 or email@example.com for more information. Visit our web site at www.tnlaonline.org and see our new interactive floor plan. “The best mirror is an old friend.” - - German Proverb Irrigation Certification First in Line for WaterSense Label FALLS CHURCH, Va. (June 20, 2006) — Certification programs for irrigation professionals, irrigation controllers and soil moisture sensors will be the first services and products eligible to carry the new WaterSense water efficiency label. The Environmental Protection Agency has been working with the Irrigation Association, water agencies and others in the industry to establish criteria for recognizing certification programs for irrigation auditors, designers and contractors. WaterSense guidelines for certification programs are expected this summer, making certification the first product or program to be eligible for the label. "The EPA's WaterSense label will provide consumers with confidence that certified individuals from qualifying programs have the knowledge and skills to optimize the efficiency of their irrigation systems," said Irrigation Association Executive Director Tom Kimmell. "Since home- owners often overwater, the WaterSense program will increase awareness of the importance of efficient irrigation and help consumers make water-smart choices." Criteria for recognizing water-efficient controllers and moisture sensors are in development. Irrigation controllers and sensors will most likely be the first product categories eligible for the WaterSense label. EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson unveiled the WaterSense logo and details of its water efficiency program on June 12. The WaterSense logo will go on products and services that are at least 20 percent more water efficient than their counterparts. The Irrigation Association's Smart Water Application Technologies program developed testing protocols for controllers and sensors, laying groundwork for defining those products, Kimmell said. Manufacturers can voluntarily test products according to criteria established by WaterSense for each product category. The EPA said consumers will have access to WaterSense products early next year. Page 5 HOUSTON GULF COAST IRRIGATION ASSOC. And the winner is…Mel Hyler! Romeo (left) presents Mel with the $1oo Academy Dooe Prize at the June meeting. Bring an irrigator friend and your Business card for your chance to win! Tuesday August 8th Lynden’s BBQ 290 & Hollister TNLA Region 2 houston area meetings first Tuesday of every month contact mary lenzi @ 281−681−8715 Page 6 HOUSTON GULF COAST IR- HGCIA IS OFFERING Welcome Aboard the $1000 SCHOLARSHIPS! TTIA Texas Irrigators CEU Cruise! We want to help our deserving mem- Depart Galveston Sunday January 21, 2007 bers and their relatives so take the time Ports of Call include to apply or encourage a relative to not Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, & Cozumel waste time! The requirement is only 2 Days of Training Classes Offered that the applicant must be an HGCIA Trade Show & Cocktail Party member or immediate relative and the Arrive back in Galveston Sunday Jan. 28th winner is to be enrolled this fall. If you Passports are required for this Cruise qualify, be sure to complete the applica- tion located on page 10 of the newslet- Redeem points for payment! ter. Time is short so get it to us by Price for 2 includes all port charges, fees and taxes October 1, 2006. Inside cabin $1221.00 Can you use $1000 towards a Oceanview cabin $1411.00 college education? Balcony cabin $1835.00 $250 Down at booking—Final $ Due 9/25/06 Contact Mel Hyler @ 281-376-6951 Book by August 14 and receive $50 on-board credit with any questions For more information Contact Dave McCullough @ 832-661-2882 Or Vickie’s Travel @ 866-941-2520 TCEQ Landscape Irrigation Program Enforcement Activity Summary September 1, 2005 - July 21, 2006 New Incidents/Complaints Received - 139 # Closed out due to unsubstantiated allegations or lack of evidence 29 # Open and pending investigation or close out 73 # Associated with a NOV or NOE Investigations 37 Licensed - 32% (45) Unlicensed - 68% (94) Notice of Violations (NOV) issued 63 Licensed - 89% (56) Unlicensed - 11% (7) Notice of Enforcements (NOE) issued 17 Licensed - 47% (8) Unlicensed - 53% (9) Types of Violations Cited Failure to hold a license prior to installing an irrigation system Failure to follow local regulations (pull permits or submit backflow test reports) Failure to install an irrigation system in a manner that promotes water conservation Failure to include all required information on contracts/agreements Failure to install a backflow prevention device Failure to affix the imprint of an irrigator seal over the irrigator’s signature Failure to install spray heads according to manufacturer’s specifications Failure to include license # on all advertisements Failure to provide proper depth of coverage over piping Failure to conduct the installation of an irrigation system with high ethical standards Page 7 HOUSTON GULF COAST IRRIGATION ASSOC. TTIA News Renew your Licenses online! The Texas Turf Irrigation Association held it ’ s fourth meeting in TCEQ announces their new website Amarillo on July 19th, 2006. The next meeting will be held in feature for all eligible Backflow Testers McCallen on September 20th. and Landscape Irrigators & installers. The “ Cody Hobbs Scholarship Fund ” was officially announced www.tceq.state.tx.us/compliance/online_renewals.html with a special presentation to Cody ’ s family for his involvement with the TTIA and his years of dedication to the irrigation industry . Bob Mann, Manager of the Regulatory Compliance Section of the Landscape By-law revisions were past by the Board and all TTIA members will Irrigator Program has announced that receive a mailed copy for final approval. TCEQ is engaging in a state-wide effort Plans are being finalized for the TNLA Expo August 17-20th to inform local and national advertising and the IA International Irrigation Show November 5-7 both in San outlets such as telephone directories, Antonio. Don ’ t miss the Boots, Beer and BBQ Contractor Recep- newspapers, and other print media, tion on Monday Nov. 6 Stop by the TTIA booth for a free invitation. regarding advertising requirements and restrictions for landscape irrigators and For a TTIA membership application call Carl Causey @ installers. 877-ASK-TTIA or visit our website: www.ttiaonline.org Page 8 ` HOUSTON GULF COAST IRRIGATION ASSOC. Irrigation Efficiency Brochure Released for Smart Irrigation Month FALLS CHURCH, Va. (July 18, 2006) — A brochure of water-efficiency tips for homeowners is available for download in recognition of Smart Irrigation Month, the Irrigation Association announced. The brochure was created by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Irrigation Association to raise consumer awareness of efficient irrigation practices. The brochure is available online as a resource for homeowners as well as contractors, water utilities and others in the irrigation industry who work with property owners. Users can download the file, add their company information, print and distribute it to customers. The brochure is being released in conjunction with Smart Irrigation Month, but it can be used all year to promote efficient irrigation practices. "Because irrigation is a major user of water, the industry has an important role in making the most of our water resources," said Irrigation Association Executive Director Tom Kimmell. "Educating customers is a key element in irrigation efficiency. This brochure provides practical tips for creating healthy landscapes with less water while reminding users of the need to preserve water for future generations." "We were pleased to work with the EPA on this project," Kimmell said. The Irrigation Association declared July, a peak month for irrigation usage, Smart Irrigation Month to raise awareness of advances in irrigation efficiency. Smart Irrigation Month was recognized in the Congressional Record on June 8 and in a proclamation signed by Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns on July 10. Download the brochure http://www.irrigation.org/SIM/pdf/Irrigation_Tips_LaserQuality.pdf Nineteenth century English critic John Ruskin made an astute observation concerning price: “It is un- wise to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money, that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything because the thing you bought was incapable of doing what it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot...it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you dc that then you will have enough to pay for something better.” Page 7 HOUSTON GULF COAST IRRIGATION ASSOC. HGCIA SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM 2006 Information must be typed or printed legibly and returned by October 1, 2006. Be sure to enclose transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a recent photograph. Mail to: HGCIA PO Box 19511 Houston, TX 77224 Personal Data: Name_____________________________________ Age _____________________________________ Social Security______________________________ Address___________________________________ City ___________________________________ Zip ___________________________________ Name of Relative Member_____________________ Relationship _____________________ Address _____________________ City _____________________ Zip _____________________ Educational Background: School attending now_________________________ School attending this fall_______________________ Four year college______ Two year college______ High school____ Major________________ Minor________________ You will be? A freshman____a sophomore____a junior___or a senior____ Expected date of graduation?_____________ Current number of hour completed_________; Hours need for graduation_____ Overall college grade point average________ List schools attended and dates: ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ ____________________________ On a separate paper, write us a short note telling us about yourself, any extra curricular Activities and what you will do after you graduate including your career objectives. Good luck! Page 12 HOUSTON GULF COAST IRRIGATION ASSOC. We will miss you CP! Any oddity of the irrigation industry CP either had in stock or knew where to get it. CONWAY PATRICK HALL, born on Dec. 30th 1958, left this world to be with his family in Heaven on July 5th 2006, after a very brief illness. Conway was a lifelong resident of Houston. He graduated from Sharpstown Sr. High in 1976. Conway was an avid skydiver. His passion was to soar in flight like an eagle. He was an active member of several record setting "Big Way" groups and has received recognition and awards for his jumping abili- ties and endeavors. Conway's business life consisted of participation in a family business serving as Vice President and General Manager of Hall Equipment and Supply Company. He will be missed by all who had dealings with him. Conway was preceded in death by his mother Patricia Ann Hall. He leaves behind a host of family and friends including father, Conway G. Hall, and wife Ann, brother Craig and wife Peggy, sisters Dinah and Tracy and husband Dave. Also left behind are nieces Brandi Zamora, Amber Hall, Patricia Desch and nephews Jacob Hilton, Craig and Shane Hall and Wesley Desch. A memorial Service was conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday July 7, 2006 at St. Paul Presbyterian Church, 7200 Bellaire Blvd. in Houston, with Rev. Dr. Kevin Boyd officiating. EPA Announces WaterSense Program "Blossoms are scattered by the wind and the wind cares nothing, but the blossoms WaterSense, a new water efficiency program launched of the heart no wind can touch." by EPA, will educate American consumers on making -- Yoshida Kenko smart water choices that save money and maintain high environmental standards without compromising perform- ance. "Efficient products and informed consumers lead to Keep Gene Reagan and his family in your smart water use. EPA's WaterSense program will provide thoughts and prayers. water solutions that are a win-win for our wallets and our environment. WaterSense just makes sense," said EPA Joy Lynn, daughter of Gene and Joyce Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "WaterSense ad- Reagan passed away Wednesday, July vances President Bush's cooperative conservation goals 26th of natural causes. There will be a through education, not regulation - spreading the ethic of water efficiency and promoting the tools to make wise memorial service held on July 31st at water choices." Harrell’s Funeral Home on Pack Saddle Pass in Austin. A Memorial Trust Fund will At least 30 percent of water used by household irrigation be established for Joy’s three children and systems is lost through wind evaporation and improper administered by Gene and Joyce. Please design, installation or maintenance. The average house- attend the August 8th meeting to vote on hold adopting water efficient products and practices can contributing to this fund.. save 30,000 gallons per year – enough to supply a year of drinking water for 150 of their neighbors. Page 14 HOUSTON GULF COAST IRRIGATION ASSOC. The Future of Irrigation By Denne Goldstein, Publisher of Irrigation and Green Industry Magazine The Irrigation Association has designated July as Smart Irrigation Month to promote water conservation. Many in the industry, as well as governmental agencies and water purveyors, have picked up on it. Call it Smart Irrigation, WaterSense, Be Water Wise, etc., it makes sense for the landscape industry to get on the band- wagon and promote this program of water conservation. It is apparent that homeowners and other property owners are not very well informed about how little water their landscapes really need. Many contractors are also not that well versed as to the amount of water landscapes actually need. So what happens out in the real world is that we over- water. It’s not good for the plants, it’s more costly, and more importantly, we’re wasting a precious resource. As water becomes more scarce, we will be put to the test of cutting back our usage. Benjamin Grumbles, assistant administrator for water for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, states, “Between 1950 and 2000, our population grew by 89 percent, but our use of water through public supplies grew even more, by a whopping 209 percent. With demand outstripping supply, 36 states anticipate some degree of water shortage by 2013.” So Smart Irrigation Month could not come too soon. The sooner we begin to truly understand the need to conserve, the better we can serve our clients. We must implement every tool in our arsenal to make this happen. Irrigation manufacturers are behind this program. They’re paying more than just lip service; they’re out promoting water conservation. We have to do the same. We need to understand ET better and begin installing it on our client’s properties. We need to retrofit and install spray heads, rotors and low-volume sprinklers so that we can protect our clients’ landscapes and conserve water. And the time to begin is now. If we don’t, surely the governmental agencies will force us to in the not too distant future. When the drought came to the Denver area of Colorado, no watering was permitted except by drip. The contractors in the area were stalled and could not do much work. When the same thing happened in Seattle, Washington, contractors were feeling the pinch. Can you imagine what would happen if 36 states implemented watering restrictions all at the same time? It would be devastating to our industry. If plants die because we are not allowed to water, our industry will die too. Smart Irrigation should be on the minds of everyone in the landscape industry. Our livelihoods depend on it. The International Society of Arboriculture-Texas Chapter is committed to educating those interested in Texas, and the surrounding states, on the importance of proper tree care practices and the overall benefits of trees in our urban areas. We have some great opportunities coming up that will give outdoor professionals a chance to increase their knowledge of trees, and to become an ISA Certified Arborist. International Society of Arboriculture Texas Chapter 2006 Calendar of Events • ISA-Texas Annual Tree Conference ο October 4-6, 2006 ο Round Rock, Texas For more info: http://www.trees-isa.org/events/ • ISA Certified Arborist Examinations ο August 24, 2006 – Austin, Texas ο October 4, 2006 – Round Rock, Texas For more info: http://www.isa-arbor.com/certification/ tests.aspx Houston Gulf Coast Irrigation Association 2006 MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION Please Print Clearly Name:__________________________________________________________________ Date:____________________ Firm Name:______________________________________________________________ LI#_____________________ Mailing Address:_______________________________________ City______________ ST_____ Zip_____________ Phone:________________________________ Fax:________________________ Email:________________________ Social Security #:________________________________________________________________________________ Please complete the following so we can include your information on our Internet Web Site. Please circle all that apply below. Information will be used on our website to support our industry. TYPE OF SERVICE: Backflow Testing Design Drainage Irrigation Landscape Lighting Pavers Service & Repair Stone-Rockwork Supplier Water Features SERVICE AREA: East Inside Loop North Northeast Northwest South Southeast Southwest JOB INFORMATION: Commercial Golf Light Commercial Residential I attest that the above information is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge. I also attest that neither I nor my firm have an active, unresolved complaint on file at the Greater Houston Better Business Bureau and/or an active, unre- solved complaint filed with the TNRCC relative to performing business in the irrigation industry. Signature:________________________________________________Date:___________________________________ Please Remit $100 to : HGCIA PO Box 19511 Houston, TX 77224-9511 WWW.HGCIA.ORG Houston, TX 77224-9511 PO Box 19511 Houston Gulf Coast Irrigation Association HGCIA