The City of Paso Robles Wins Big by Going Green

March 3, 2017 – The Central Coast Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) awarded the City of Paso Robles with a Project of the Year Award in the category of Transportation: $2-5 Million for their 12th Street Green Street Improvements project.

The 12th Street Green Street Project is a five-block corridor that spans both residential and commercial uses. This grant-funded city improvement project aims to reduce the impacts of storm flows and sedimentation on the Salinas River, promote increased
groundwater recharge, decrease local flooding, and improve pedestrian mobility and safety. Decades ago, 12th Street was built in the path of Fern Canyon Creek, which drains an approximately 130723_12th Street Improvements (10)500-acre watershed. When it rained, stormwater flowed down the roadway, damaging the street and carrying sediment and pollutants downstream to the Salinas River.

Cannon was selected to provide innovative design, survey, and construction management services to:

  • Reduce the overall pavement width;
  • Replace impervious areas with low-maintenance pervious areas where feasible;
  • Provide two vehicle travel lanes;
  • Provide parking on both sides of the street;
  • Provide sidewalks on both sides of the street;
  • Provide ADA-compliant ramps and crosswalks;
  • Identify solutions to reduce stormwater flow;
  • Review potential traffic-calming features; and
  • Identify the approximate location of existing street trees from an aerial survey as well as the potential for additional street trees and/or ornamental or bioretention plantings within Right-of-Way.

The new 12th Street corridor incorporates low impact development (LID) features such as bioretention planters, permeable paver surfaces, and dry wells to capture and clean stormwater flowing from roads and percolate it into the soil to eventually become groundwater. The plants selected for the bioretention areas are powerful natural filters that can tolerate both seasonal flooding and periods of drought during Paso’s hot, dry summer months. Many of the plants selected for 12th Street’s landscape are California native species that provide biodiversity, combat climate change, and support wildlife habitats for native pollinators and birds that depend upon specific, local plant species for survival.

A series of interpretive signs illustrate the story of the newly designed street, explaining how it fits within the watershed, how it serves to recharge groundwater, and other positive impacts on the Salinas River.

Good News About Cannon

PancakeOriginally Published By: The Tribune

Cannon, a local engineering consulting firm, recently raised $1,800 during its Well Worth It campaign to provide clean, safe drinking water to developing countries.

The annual pancake breakfast fundraiser, donated and prepared by Popolo Catering, was served to more than 160 attendees.

Since its inception in 2010, the Well Worth It campaign has raised more than $100,000 to pay for seven wells and a drilling rig, according to a news release.

Cannon has partnered with the nonprofit organization Charity:Water in the campaign to provide drinking water to developing countries.

Local Meteorologist Flips Pancakes into Water Wells

PG&E’s John Lindsey joins forces with Cannon Corp. for annual fundraiser

Taking a break from his wet winter forecasts, Central Coast meteorologist and weather columnist John Lindsey will trade his radar for a spatula next Tuesday to help raise funds for water wells in developing nations.

The Well Worth It Campaign, launched by Cannon in 2010, will host a pancake breakfast fundraiser at its office Tuesday, February 14, with food by Popolo Catering.IMG_7577 (Large)

While Lindsey has written much about our above-average rainfall this season, access to clean water remains an issue in many parts of the world. The Well Worth It campaign has
raised enough money to fund the construction of 19 wells worldwide. Those wells help eliminate water-related illnesses, which are a serious health issue in poor countries like Ethiopia.

For a $10 donation during the 4th Annual Pancake Breakfast, you can enjoy unlimited pancakes, eggs, sausage, OJ, and coffee (kids eat free with each paid adult!) from Popolo, a family-owned restaurant that has provided catering for 25 years. You won’t want to miss the special treat: chocolate chip pancakes!

WHAT: Pancake breakfast fundraiser

WHEN: Tuesday, February 14, 7 – 8:30 a.m.

WHERE: Cannon Corp., 1050 Southwood Drive, San Luis Obispo

WHY: To benefit Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign

Since the inception of Well Worth It in 2010, Cannon has helped raised more than $100,000 to build seven wells and fund a drilling rig. The firm has partnered with the organization “charity: water” to help serve more than 1,500 people with safe, clean drinking water.

Clean water gives children in developing nations the opportunity to attend school and get an education. With education, communities are able to raise strong leaders, making it possible to break the cycle of poverty and allow future generations to improve their quality of life.

Well Worth It Pancake Breakfast

Give your beloved a sweet treat this Valentines and help others too! Well Worth It is hosting their 4th Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser to raise funds to build clean water wells in developing countries. Pop into Cannon’s office to enjoy a delicious breakfast that includes unlimited pancakes, eggs, sausage, OJ, and coffee. As an additional special treat, we’re offering chocolate chip pancakes too!

What: Pancake breakfast fundraiser*
When: February 14, 2017 from 7:00am – 8:30am
Where: 1050 Southwood Drive, SLO
Why: To benefit Cannon’s Well Worth It Campaign
How Much: $10.00 (one kid eats free with each paying adult)
To Purchase a Ticket: contact Liz Moody 805.544.7407  or
*What do you get? Sausage, eggs, unlimited pancakes, OJ, and coffee!

All proceeds benefit Cannon’s 2017 Well Worth it Campaign.

Tickets can also be purchased online through PayPal.

WateReuse Ends Year with Big Legislative Win

Originally Published By: WateReuse

Following a strong lobbying effort from the WateReuse Association and our members, Congress has approved the final Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), now called the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, or WIIN (S. 612). The bill is on its way to the President for his signature.

The legislation includes the revitalization of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI water reuse and reclamation program, which has been one of WateReuse’s top advocacy priorities.

It was a race to get the bill to the finish line during this congressional session. House and Senate committees agreed to the final compromise language on Monday, December 5 – just days before the 114th Congress was scheduled to end. The bill passed the full house by a vote of 360-61 on Thursday, December 8. Following letters and phone calls from WateReuse and our membership, the Senate brought the bill up for a vote and agreed to concur in the House amendment to S. 612 by a vote of 78-21 in the early hours of Saturday morning, December 10.

The nearly $12 billion measure authorizes 30 new infrastructure projects around the country. The provisions that WateReuse successfully lobbied in favor of include:

  • Reformation of Title XVI into competitive grant program
  • An additional authorization of $50 million for Title XVI
  • Clarification that “environmental infrastructure” projects, including water recycling projects, are eligible for the Army Corps of Engineers post-authorization study assistance

Thanks to all of our members for their advocacy and support of these initiatives.