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Show water-wise inspiration in new video contest

'Water Spots' open to student filmmakers in Sacramento area

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Water use, especially for lawns and landscaping,
is just one angle for public-service videos. Student
filmmakers are eligible to enter their 30-second
spots in the new Regional Water Authority contest.
(Photo: Kathy Morrison)

“When in drought …,” what do you do?

That’s the question posed to young filmmakers by the Regional Water Authority for its “Water Spots” video contest.

Sacramento-area middle and high school students are eligible to enter this contest, which offers a $250 cash prize. The winning video also is eligible to run in a local movie theater this summer as part of local water providers’ awareness campaigns.

Students are challenged to create a 30-second public-service video that inspires the public to use water efficiently, says the RWA, the umbrella organization for local water providers in Sacramento, Placer, El Dorado and Yolo counties. This year’s theme: “When in Drought …”

And we are still in severe drought. According to Drought.gov (the website of the National Integrated Drought Information System), two-thirds of California is considered under “severe drought” conditions including all of the Central Valley.

Deadline for video submission is 11:59 p.m. March 11. Entrants will be screened by a panel of judges including: Monica Woods, chief meteorologist at ABC10; Kathleen Dodge, executive director of the El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film & Media Office; and Lisa Cuellar, program manager at the California Water Efficiency Partnership. Finalists will be posted online for a public vote.

Find all of the contest details at: https://bewatersmart.info/waterspots/ .

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Dig In: Garden checklist for week of Oct. 2

Plan to make the most of the mild weather in your garden.

* October is the best month to plant trees and shrubs.

* October also is the best time to plant perennials in our area. Add a little well-aged compost and bone meal to planting holes or beds, but hold off on other fertilizers until spring. Keep the transplants well-watered (but not wet) for the first month as they become settled.

* Now is the time to plant seeds for many flowers directly into the garden, including cornflower, nasturtium, nigella, poppy, portulaca, sweet pea and stock.

* Plant seeds for radishes, bok choy, mustard, spinach and peas.

* Plant garlic and onions.

* Set out cool-weather bedding plants, including calendula, pansy, snapdragon, primrose and viola.

* Reseed and feed the lawn. Work on bare spots.

* Dig up corms and tubers of gladioluses, dahlias and tuberous begonias after the foliage dies. Clean and store in a cool, dry place.

* Treat azaleas, gardenias and camellias with chelated iron if leaves are yellowing between the veins.

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