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- Dazy Blue AdkinsI don't know if you can do anything to help, but maybe someone who sees this can. The electric company here in and around Bloomington Springs and Granville, TN is spraying poison below all of the power lines to kill weeds and plants instead of cutting them down. They even did it on our property and they are doing within 50 feet of creeks and Cordell Hull lake. It has made so much of our greenery ugly and brown, not to mention the poison that it has put into the water. The drive to Granville used to be beautiful, now you have to look around the dead plants to find beauty. Please tell me something can be done to stop them from ever doing this again.
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- We just announced the next five state capitals to received design assistance thru our Greening America's Capitals program. Congrats to Baton Rouge, Indianapolis, Helena, Frankfort, and @City of Des Moines. We're looking forward to working with your cities and communities!
- Check out NOAA's beautiful photo of Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. This estuary encompasses approximately 73,352 acres of salt marsh and mangrove tidal wetlands, oyster bars, estuarine lagoons, upland habitat and offshore seas in Northeast Florida.
- Check out NASA's satellite image of the large iceburg that split off of Greenland in July.
- How do you create leaders in your community? Watch EPA's video featuring Teri Blanton, a rural community organizer, sharing her insights about empowering people to use their voices to improve the health and environmental conditions in their communities.
- Scotts Miracle-Gro will pay a $4 million fine for criminal pesticide violations, including illegally applying insecticides that are toxic to birds to its wild bird food products to protect against insect infestation during storage. Scotts will also complete community environmental projects to resolve additional civil pesticide violations.
- Watch the signing of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement of 2012 here, live, starting at 2 p.m. EDT today.
- We're funding innovative drinking water research! Check out these newly announced grants to Clarkson University, University of Nevada, Reno; University of Florida and University of South Florida. Their research will help keep harmful contaminants out of drinking water and help promote cost-effective new technologies to meet the needs of communities across the country struggling with water challenges.
- We've reached a settlement with Suzuki to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act. As a result, they've agreed to pay a $885,000 penalty and reduce more than 210 tons of hydrocarbons that can cause respiratory illnesses, aggravate asthma and contribute to the formation of smog.
- Congratulations to Charles Monroe for the featured photo today! This trout lived to swim another day in the San Jacinto River, California. What's happening where you live? Share it with http://www.flickr.com/groups/ourenvironment/
- Who doesn't love to see a dog running on the beach? Think they are just having fun? Think again. Dogs help keep the beach microbe free through "gull harassment" (yes, that's a term!) EPA scientists explain beach research in ScienceNow
- What's fresh at farmers market near you? Share it with State of the Environment and enjoy our latest featured photo! Congratulations to Stephanie Marchant. http://blog.epa.gov/epplocations/2012/09/featured-photo-cilantro-for-sale/
- Registration is open for Campus Rainworks Challenge. Colleges and universities across the country are invited to participate in this new design competition where teams will compete to develop innovative approaches to stormwater management.
- Do you live near the Great Lakes? Like our Great Lakes Restoration | EPA & Inter-Agency Task Force page and learn about what we're doing in that region.
- Today is the first day of the Green Sports Summit in Seattle, WA hosted by the Green Sports Alliance. We'll be participating in a workshop and sharing information about our Energy Star and WasteWise tools that help sports facilities conserve energy and cut costs.
- U.S. EPA Scientific Diving Program (EPA Divers), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and Washington Sea Grant, recently studied the impacts to the Strait of Juan de Fuca now that removal of the Elwha River dams is well underway.
The sediment that has accumulated behind the dams for nearly 100 years could effect marine plants and animals. See more photos at www.flickr.com/photos/usepagov/
- Hot air balloons being inflated with propane burners outside of Helen, Georgia for the second annual Helen to Atlantic ocean balloon race. May, 1975 Documerica by Al Stephenson.
This month, the Documerica Returns Exhibit is traveling with U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 (Southeast Region) making stops throughout Georgia and North Carolina. For a schedule and other area images check out http://bit.ly/DocumericaExhibitGA
- Al Reinshagen, mathematics teacher at the White County High School in Cleveland, Georgia, farms a one acre plot in nearby Helen. July, 1975 Documerica by Al Stephenson.
Check out the Documerica Exhibit as it travels Georgia and North Carolina this month with U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 (Southeast Region) ! September schedule@
- Unnecessary school bus idling pollutes the air, wastes fuel, and causes excess wear on the engine. It’s easy to reduce school bus idling. Drivers, turn off the engine as soon as you arrive at loading/unloading areas. Take a look at idling myths and more anti-idling tips! Tell us your plan for reducing idling at your school!
- Get back to school with fresh air! Did you know that good heating, ventilation and AC system design, operation and maintenance are critical for providing clean and healthy air in schools? Check out our solutions to indoor air quality problems.
- Today marks the start of Hunger Awareness Month. We're helping grocers, venues and universities set aside their edible food that they can't sell and send it to local food banks. See what you can do to help. Why not feed people instead of landfills?
- Did you know that 24 million American children ride school buses every day? School buses are the safest way for kids to get to school, but the pollution from these diesel vehicles have health implications. Learn what we're doing to help and order your free copy of “The Magic School Bus Gets Cleaned Up.”
- Start the school year with a healthy learning environment. Teachers, administrators, building/maintenance staff and others can all play a role in welcoming students to a healthy and productive school year. Use EPA’s checklists to help all staff members identify ways they can help maintain healthy and safe learning environments, year round.