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Roller coaster week in H-2B legislation Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 05:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

The H-2B visa program has seen a flurry of legislative activity in DC this week. Advocates for H-2B were pleased to find the returning worker exception included in the upcoming fiscal year 2022 appropriations bill, though it was quickly removed. The landscape industry and other industries reliant on H-2B turned their focus back to a language change on discretionary visas from “may” to “shall.”

But additional language in the bill remains a concern among H-2B supporters. The H-2B Workforce Coalition issued this statement, along with a call-to-action for supporters of the program:

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Outdoor improvements, lawn & garden purchases grew in 2020 Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 04:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

Homeowners spent more on home renovations and décor in 2020, according to the recently released 2021 Houzz & Home Study. Exterior work, outdoor living, and lawn/garden projects grew in popularity and the amount spent on each project increased as well. For example, median spending on deck and porch improvements projects grew by 25% over the previous year.

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Snowpack: not the water supply metric it used to be Email
Written by Lyn Dean   
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 03:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

Most who have lived in Colorado for at least a few years are accustomed to hearing the frequent media reports on snowpack measurements during the winter and spring. As a water-challenged state dependent on snowfall stored in high-elevation mountains and valleys during the winter months, our lives, livelihoods and the natural environment depend on the gradual melting of winter snowpack to meet all the competing water needs. According to the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey), about 75% of water supply in the western states is derived from the melting snowpack.

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Video: Establishment permits in Colorado Springs Email
Written by Colorado Springs Utilities   
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 01:00 AM

Colorado Green NOWEstablishing new sod in Colorado Springs? You'll need to apply for an establishment permit. Learn about the permit and how to apply in this video from Colorado Springs Utilities.

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Denver seeks experts for code amendment committees Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, July 13, 2021 12:00 AM

Colorado Green NOW

The City of Denver’s Community Planning and Development encourages residents to participate in the process of updating city building and fire codes. The public can propose code amendments through Friday, July 23 for the 2022 code.

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In memoriam: Wally SaBell Email
Written by ALCC   
Thursday, July 08, 2021 12:00 AM

It is with sadness that we share the news of the passing of Wallace “Wally” SaBell, a founding member of Landscape Contractors of Colorado, now Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado (ALCC). He was an original member of a team that formed with the goals of raising the level professionalism in the landscape industry, improving the image of the industry, and educating peers.

SaBell served as president of ALCC 1969-1970 and was instrumental in its development. He helped organize the group’s first major trade show participation. Along with Jim Wagner, SaBell proposed and established the association’s awards program, then known as the Environmental Improvement Awards. He also helped preserve the organization’s history, holding the position of Chair of the Scrapbook Committee in 1980. SaBell’s generous loan helped ALCC acquire Colorado Green magazine and continue its publication when the Landscape Industry Council, the magazine’s original publishing organization, dissolved.

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ELITEs deadline is next week (July 15, 2021) Email
Written by ALCC   
Thursday, July 08, 2021 12:00 AM

The deadline for nominations in The 2021 ELITE Awards is next week!

July 15 is the deadline to submit nominations for The ELITE Awards. Did you start your nomination yet? Don't delay--make sure your team and your work get the recognition they deserve.

Last month, ALCC hosted a free webinar to provide some insight into the program revisions and tips on submitting nominations. It is available on demand for free. Click here to access the recorded webinar.

The ELITE Awards are open to ALCC members only. Contact Melissa Emdin at [email protected] or 720-307-5092 if you have questions.

The ELITE Awards

 

Thank you to our 2021 Platinum sponsors: Colorado Materials Inc.CPS DistributorsDBC Irrigation Supply, and Wagner Equipment Company

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Possibility of release unused H-2B visas reserved for Northern Triangle nationals Email
Written by John McMahon   
Wednesday, July 07, 2021 12:00 AM

USCIS issued the following announcement this week:

Deadline Approaching: 6,000 H-2B Visas Available for Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala

On May 25, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a temporary final rule making available an additional 22,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural guest worker visas for fiscal year 2021 to employers who are likely to suffer irreparable harm without these additional workers.
While 16,000 of the additional visas are limited to returning workers, 6,000 visas have been reserved for nationals of the Northern Triangle countries (Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala), regardless of whether those nationals are returning workers. The supplemental visas support President Biden’s vision of expanding lawful pathways for protection and opportunity for individuals from the Northern Triangle and address the needs of U.S. employers likely to suffer irreparable harm, or in other words, permanent and severe financial loss if unable to employ all the H-2B employees requested in their petitions.

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Feedback sought on proposed Fort Collins irrigation codes Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 05:00 AM

Fort Collins Utilities (FCU) is looking for feedback from the landscape industry as they work to establish new irrigation codes. They will host a virtual meeting July 14 to present the proposed code changes and collect feedback. Landscape professionals who work in Fort Collins are encouraged to attend.

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Colorado Springs updated utility locates ordinance is currently in effect Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 04:00 AM

Working on landscapes in the Colorado Springs Utilities service area? Be sure your crew is aware of the Colorado Springs Landscape Underground Damage Prevention Safety Program. The ordinance took effect on January 1, 2021.

As a home rule entity, Colorado Springs has established its own utility locates program. It also manages enforcement and violations. It is similar to Colorado laws regarding utility locates but includes additional requirements and enforcement such as premarking requirements.

Read about 811 requirements at the Colorado Springs Utilities website

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Unused vacation must be paid out upon separation, court says Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 03:00 AM

A recent Colorado Supreme Court opinion has determined that employers may not include a “use it or lose it” policy and must pay out unused accrued vacation pay when an employee leaves a job. The decision overturned previous lower court decisions.

Regardless of restrictive language included in employee handbooks, the Supreme Court stated that “although the CWCA [Colorado Wage Claim Act] does not create an automatic right to vacation pay, when an employer chooses to provide such pay, it cannot be forfeited once earned by the employee.”

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Colorado is well-represented on the 2021 LM150 list Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 02:00 AM

Landscape Management has released its annual LM150 list of the landscape industry’s top revenue-generating companies. Seven Colorado-based companies made the list, as well as other companies headquartered elsewhere that operate in the state.

The Colorado-based companies on the 2021 list include:

  • Designscapes Colorado, Centennial (#74)
  • Environmental Designs, Inc., Brighton (#80)
  • Designs by Sundown, Littleton (#83)
  • Landtech Contractors, Aurora (#91)
  • Lifescape Colorado, Denver (#119)
  • Schultz Industries, Golden (#130)
  • Timberline Landscaping, Colorado Springs (#137)
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OSHA to conduct weekend inspections at Front Range construction worksites Email
Written by Colorado Green NOW   
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 01:00 AM

Front Range construction sites, which may include landscape installation, could see increased health and safety inspections this summer and fall, according to an announcement from US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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