Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Dying Tree City USA

Posted By on Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Environmentalism at its best.
  • Environmentalism at its best.
Money may not grow on trees, but here in Colorado Springs, irony does.

Apparently, Colorado Springs Utilities has — for the 15th year in a row — been named a "Tree Line USA utility." According the press release sent with pride from our publicly-owned utility, the award recognizes "utilities that promote the dual goals of reliable utility service, and abundant, healthy trees."

If this last line caused you to shoot cola through your nose, good for you, informed citizen.

Yes, this is a rather silly reward for CSU to receive, considering the fact that this year, with our city in a budget crunch, the utilities has said there is little they can do to save our dying parks and city medians — and all those lovely trees that grow in them.

On the bright side, if all our trees die off, CSU may be able to cut back on the $1.2 million it spends trimming trees, cutting down trees, and replacing the trees they cut down each year.

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