Upper District Awards Duarte High School $100,000 for Turf Removal Project

Upper District Awards Duarte High School $100,000 for Turf Removal Project

Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District Board President Bryan Urias and Board Vice President Anthony Fellow presented a $100,000 check to the Duarte Unified School District Board of Education to assist in funding the removal of the natural turf and installing synthetic turf on the Duarte High School football field. The presentation took place at a joint meeting with the Duarte City Council on Thursday, August 23, 2012. 

Replacing the existing irrigated turf with synthetic turf will conserve nearly 2.9 million gallons of drinking water and reduce maintenance costs. It will also reduce the use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides that will lead to a reduction in nitrates and chemical pollution that percolate into the groundwater basin as well as eliminate the need for powered lawnmowers on the field, reducing air and noise pollution.
 
“We at the Upper District recognize that turf removal and replacement projects are expensive endeavors. Our $100,000 contribution goes a long way in assisting Duarte Unified School District to fund this project,” said Board President Urias. “It helps fill the gap in financing and it also provides long term savings in ongoing maintenance expenditures. And for the region, it saves millions of gallons of drinking water and it improves our environment.”
Board Vice President Tony Fellows added, “This is a win-win project. The students win, the environment wins and the school wins. I am happy to be a part of this great project.”