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

Fort Collins water restrictions include ban on lawn watering Email
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 03:00 AM

No waterThe City of Fort Collins has instituted water restrictions due to ongoing drought conditions. Among the restrictions is a ban on landscape watering beginning October 1. The ban will remain in effect until an order of the City Manager lifts it; city officials expect that order to be made by November 30. A declaration made on Friday, September 11 declared the water restrictions, which affect both indoor and outdoor water use.

DOL proposes rule to clarify independent contractor vs. employee status Email
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 02:00 AM

WorkersThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced this morning that it has issued a proposed rule that would help clarify the definition of independent contractor. The rule includes an "economic reality" test and questions that employers can ask to help them determine classification of the worker.

Pandemic, storms continue to affect supply chain Email
Tuesday, September 22, 2020 01:00 AM

PVC pipesEnvironmental factors continue to affect supplies for the landscape industry. Hurricanes in the South and fires in the West have disrupted a market that was already experiencing delays and shortages due to the pandemic. A robust market and increased demand for landscaping services has put further strains the market, according to some sources.

Education becomes a community opportunity for Tree of Life Email
Tuesday, September 08, 2020 05:00 AM

Tree of Life LandscapesEach year, the Tree of Life Landscapes team gathers to discuss their strategic plan for the coming year. In 2018, company leaders asked staff, “What do you need for inspiration?” That discussion led them to offering a day of education to benefit not just the Tree of Life team but their green industry colleagues.

Weather-related messaging available for landscape pros Email
Tuesday, September 08, 2020 04:00 AM

Snow on green leavesThis week’s weather caught many Coloradans off-guard. The temperature swing’s timing just after the Labor Day holiday weekend also complicated efforts to communicate with and prepare clients for the coming wild weather. Depending on how today’s weather plays out, there may be some tree damage or even sprinkler damage to address in the coming days. [ALCC members: log in to access a downloadable PDF]

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