Three local women -- Jean Stortz, Sherry Hall and Victoria Sterkel -- are raising environmental awareness in our community through an initiative they're calling Lovin' Delta.
The initiative was introduced during a recent Women in Business gathering, where Stortz showed a recent photo of Adobe Buttes Landfill with trash in the foreground and the adobe hills in the background.
"Maybe we don't need to bury all of our trash," she said, suggesting other environmentally-friendly options. She said many of the items in the landfill could be recycled, repaired, passed on, donated to the Salvation Army, or sold at a garage sale.
Since moving to Delta over five years ago, Stortz, an artist, has created a series of paintings featuring the 'dobies, which she finds amazing. She took a photo of the trash while exploring the area with her husband. The photo is featured in a poster titled "Adobe Awakening." To raise awareness for keeping the 'dobies clean, she included the words "Pick it up, pack it out, enjoy our unique natural resource."
Sherry Hall and Victoria Sterkel share her desire to create environmental awareness, and they invite everyone to participate in any way they can.
The trio says "Lovin' Delta" is a simple concept. They created a Facebook page where they share helpful information to keep Delta tidy and reduce landfill trash. They invite each citizen of any age to consider the choices they make daily and how they affect the environment of Delta and beyond.
Among the questions they suggest to consider:
• What are my options for recycling?
• Would I pick up random trash on the sidewalks or parking lots?
• Would I consider limiting plastic bags at the grocery store and bring my own?
• Would I get a group together at church, business, school and pick up trash in the 'dobies or any place in town that needs it?
"We all need to keep this conversation going," said Stortz. "Check out the Facebook page called Lovin' Delta that has been created to inform, inspire and stay in touch with the community in creating a beautiful, clean environment."
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.