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MARIN COUNTY'S NEWS MONTHLY - FREE PRESS
(415)868-1600 - (415)868-0502(fax) - P.O. Box 31, Bolinas, CA, 94924

May, 2006

 

AmeriCorps NCCC Prepares Bolinas For Mosquito Season

Bolinas, Calif.-From March 23 - April 6, 2006, an eleven member AmeriCorps*NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) team installed roof vent screening for homes containing septic systems and cleared natural drainage ways from Alder Creek to decrease mosquito breeding grounds as a part of their National Signature Project. The National Signature Project is an initiative by NCCC made to create partnerships with other national volunteers and advocacy groups to accomplish much needed community service projects.
During the spring of 2006, NCCC teams from all five campuses participated in National Signature Projects. Over 25 projects were developed by NCCC and two particular environmental advocacy groups, GroundWorks and Coastal America.

NCCC is partnering with Coastal America for the Santa Rosa Creek Master Plan. NCCC assisted the Big Mesa community in their mosquito reduction efforts. In 2005, the Bolinas Community Public Utility District (BCPUD) West Marin Mosquito Control Committee proposed a recommended protocol and report for mosquito prevention and control. As part of the preventive measures, roof vents were placed on top of septic system pipes. Window screening coupled with a hose clamp acts as effective blockade against mosquitoes.

Installing such fortification can be difficult without adequate equipment and proper knowledge of installation.

Facing the challenge with extension ladders and safety harnesses, the AmeriCorps*NCCC team worked on Bolinas rooftops to put in these much needed vent screens.

The preventive work accomplished by AmeriCorps*NCCC directly contributed to the BCPUD effort to reduce and eventually eliminate the need for chemical pesticides in mosquito pest control. As team member Lilly Gehres stated, "I am thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in a mosquito control project that is preventive and gives priority to the protection of the sensitive ecosystem."

AmeriCorps*NCCC is part of AmeriCorps, a network of national service programs created to improve the environment, enhance education, increase public safety, and assist with disaster relief and other unmet human needs. The Western Region campus, located in Sacramento, Calif. serves Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and the territories of Guam and Samoa. The Western Region campus is one of five campuses in the United States; the others are located in Perry Point, Md.; Charleston, S.C.; Washington, D.C.; and Denver, Colo.

The AmeriCorps members must complete at least 1,700 hours of service during the 10-month program. In exchange for their service, they receive $4,725 to help pay for college or to pay school loans.

AmeriCorps is administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service. For information about applying to an AmeriCorps program, call 1-800-942-2677 (1-800-94-ACORP) or visit the website at www.americorps.gov .

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