Truckee Donner PUD hosting conservation gardening seminars |

Truckee Donner PUD hosting conservation gardening seminars

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Truckee Donner Public Utility District is hosting a series of seminars aimed at helping community members save water, money and have beautiful landscaping.

Having already conducted one event, landscape and gardening experts will host the seminars on July 19 and Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. at the Truckee Donner PUD Board Room, 11570 Donner Pass Road. Refreshments will be served.

“This is a great series for anyone living in Truckee who wants to have beautiful landscaping and save water and money,” said Trisha Ruby, TDPUD conservation program administrator. “There are so many opportunities with native plants, smart landscaping techniques and good watering practices.”

On July 19, Jana Vanderhaar of Verdant Connections will share smart landscape practices that save resources and save energy, which ultimately means saving money.

On Aug. 30, Bonnie Turnbull of Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe will talk about water-wise landscaping with tips and tricks to save water and money without watching the garden turn brown.

Attendees can make the most of their visit to the TDPUD with a walk through the Patricia Sutton Conservation Garden, which features native and drought-tolerant plants, alternatives to turf, a reclaimed redwood lumber bridge, hardscaping, mulch and weed barrier exhibit and water efficient irrigation.

In other TDPUD news

Last week, the Truckee Donner PUD announced the ribbon-cutting of a new clean, cost-effective source of electricity for its customers — the Veyo Heat Recovery Project in southwestern Utah, which converts heat from an existing natural gas pipeline into electricity.

The $22.3 million project was constructed by the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), of which TDPUD is a member.

The project has a capacity to generate 7.8 megawatts. Seven UAMPS members funded the project and will receive electricity from it, including Kaysville City, Lehi City, Logan City, Santa Clara City, Spring City, Washington City and TDPUD.

“This project requires no fossil fuels or water and takes waste heat that would be vented to the atmosphere and converts it to carbon free electricity,” said Stephen Hollabaugh, TDPUD electric utility and assistant general manager. “This power is also reliable and base load; unlike intermittent resources like wind or solar that can be unpredictable and complex to manage.”

The Veyo Heat Recovery Project is the first tax exempt green project built with green bonds for carbon-free power generating plants with no environmental consequences. This project was the first in the U.S. to qualify and use green bonds.

This article was provided by the Truckee Donner Public Utility District. Visit to learn more.

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