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Quote of the Day...
"For someone who says Highlands preservation is a top priority, Mr.
Garrett has an odd way of showing it."
--Bergen Record editorial, "Garrett Waffles On The Environment."
The Good News...
Yellowstone Bison Given More Room To Roam - Conservationists scored a
victory for the nation's last free roaming bison herd last week by
brokering a deal to remove livestock grazing from some public lands
near Yellowstone National Park. And some hope the agreement is a sign
that working solutions can be found to help resolve the heated
controversy that surrounds the management of the Yellowstone National
Park bison herd. :: ENS -
Security Upgrades Ordered At N-Plants - The Nuclear Regulatory
Commission issued a new security directive Tuesday requiring all 103
commercial nuclear power plants in the nation to upgrade manpower and
arsenals within 18 months. :: The Press of Atlantic City -
http://sierraactivist.org/article.php?sid=29041 & Asbury Park Press -
Wisconsin's Largest Utility To Pay $600 Million For Federal Pollution
Violations - Wisconsin's largest utility has agreed to pay $600
million to the federal government for breaking pollution laws at five
coal-fired power plants. :: ENN -
White House Offers Amtrak Plan - The Bush administration yesterday
unveiled a six-year plan for national passenger rail service in which
the federal government would pay about half the capital costs for
passenger routes, mainly new short-distance corridors between urban
areas, and states would assume liability for operating costs
nationwide. :: Washington Post -
http://sierraactivist.org/article.php?sid=29026 & Philadelphia
Inquirer - http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/nation/5747107.htm
Everglades Bill Draws Powerful Enemies - U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young and
five colleagues say delaying the Everglades cleanup from 2006 to 2013
would be a mistake. :: St. Petersburg Times -
US Lawmakers Reject Higher Fuel Standard For SUVs - A Senate committee
rejected a proposal on Tuesday to make trucks and gas-guzzling SUVs
meet the same federal gasoline mileage standard as passenger cars. ::
ENN - http://www.enn.com/news/2003-04-30/s_4176.asp
Senators Emphasize Conservation In Marking Louisiana Purchase And
Lewis & Clark Bicentennial - Washington, DC - US Senate Minority
Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) and US Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Ben
Nelson (D-NE) commemorated the bicentennial of the "greatest land deal
in history" by making a pitch for land conservation today. :: Sierra
Club - http://sierraactivist.org/article.php?sid=29066
Whitman Uses EPA's Agents For Errands?! - Well . . . at least she's
not wasting their time. When you're paying a highly qualified
Environmental Protection Agency agent $100,000 a year to investigate
ecological crime, you know there is at least one thing he can do, and
do well: Hold your restaurant reservations. :: Courier-Post -
All Parties Should Try To Protect Manatees - What is going on in
Florida? Never has the subject of manatees been so contentious. Never
has the vocal opposition to manatee protection been so outrageous,
mean-spirited or confused. :: Stuart News -
A Wise Retreat On Manatee Raid - Lawmakers deserve credit for backing
away from their efforts to halt manatee research. Developers and the
boating industry were pushing legislation that would have designated
the $4.1 million Manatee Trust Fund strictly for marine law
enforcement. The reason? Studies of the endangered sea mammal can
result in protections that could disrupt plans for developments or
marinas or limit motorboat traffic. :: Tampa Tribune -
Hunter Faces Charges In Condor Death - A Kern County hunter was
charged Tuesday with killing a California condor one of the last
born in the wild during a pig hunt earlier this year on Tejon Ranch
near Bakersfield. :: Los Angeles Times -
New York Governor Calls For Regional Climate Change Plan - New York
Governor George Pataki has asked his fellow governors from Maine to
Maryland to partner on a regional strategy to reduce carbon dioxide
(CO2) emissions from power plants. The initiative includes the
creation of a regional market based emissions trading system to
require power generators to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. :: ENS -
Garrett Waffles On The Environment - When Scott Garrett ran
unsuccessfully in the Republican primary for Congress in 2000, he had
a reputation as a conservative hard-liner with a "hands-off" approach
when it comes to the environment. :: Bergen Record -
DEP Commissioner Orders Horseshoe Crab Harvest Cut In Half -
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M.
Campbell today signed an emergency order halving New Jersey's annual
horseshoe crab harvest and prohibiting all harvesting during the
horseshoe crabs' prime spawning season from May 1 through June 7. ::
NJDEP - http://www.state.nj.us/dep/newsrel/releases/03_0063.htm &
Asbury Park Press -
McGreevey Proposes New Clean Water Protections In Hunterdon -
Following last week's Earth Day announcement when he announced
protections for 15 waterways throughout New Jersey, Governor James E.
McGreevey today recommended strengthened water quality protections for
portions of five ecologically sensitive stream segments that are part
of the Delaware River watershed in Hunterdon County. :: State of New
& Star-Ledger - http://sierraactivist.org/article.php?sid=29027 &
Courier News -
Water Safeguards Protect New Jerseyans - On Earth Day, Gov. James E.
McGreevey continued his campaign to protect New Jersey's water
supplies and combat sprawl by announcing major new drinking water
safeguards for 15 reservoirs and feeder streams, including the
Swimming River, Glendola and Manasquan reservoirs. :: Ocean County
Observer - http://www.injersey.com/news/backstories.pl?id=729553&paper=9
Attorneys Face Off On Housing In Ringwood - A legal battle may be
brewing over developer Jack Levkovitz's designs for upscale housing on
West Brook Mountain. A Planning Board hearing Monday on an application
to develop a forested tract in the headwaters of a trout stream
feeding the Wanaque Reservoir featured pointed exchanges between the
board attorney and Levkovitz's lawyer, with a stenographer recording
every word. :: Bergen Record -
Judge Says W. Milford Can Proceed On Land Sale - The Township Council
is expected Wednesday to move ahead with the sale of the township's
redevelopment zone to the state's Green Acres program after getting
the green light from a state judge. :: Bergen Record -
DeMarco Giving Group Time To Raise Funds To Buy His Land - One of the
biggest and most powerful cranberry growers in New Jersey has agreed
to give an environmental group more time to raise money to buy 9,400
acres he owns in the Pinelands in Burlington County. :: Burlington
County Times - http://sierraactivist.org/article.php?sid=29044
Terminal Rail Link Gets First Spike - In a setting where it would have
been more appropriate to announce an initiative to meet the state's
energy needs using wind power, Gov. James E. McGreevey instead swung a
hammer at a railroad spike to mark the start of a $70 million project
to improve the port's ability to move cargo from container ships to
points west. :: Home News Tribune -
http://www.thnt.com/thnt/story/0,21282,729664,00.html & Star-Ledger -
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**Join In On Some Crab Counting
Have you ever thought of joining the effort along the Delaware Bay to
count horeshoe crabs? Each spring the horseshoe crabs provide Delaware
Bay residents and visitors with an amazing sight, as thousands of
ancient-looking sea creatures crawl out of the breaking waves to spawn.
**Science Of Sprawl Conference - May 1
The New Jersey Center for Environmental Indicators at Rutgers' Cook
College will be holding an all-day conference titled the "Science of
Sprawl" at LaFayette Yard Marriott in Trenton.
**Spring Bird-Watching Walk - May 1
Led by associate naturalist Suzanne Scrafini of Weis Ecology Center,
7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursdays through May 15 along Beech Road. Meet in the
boat launch parking lot opposite Long Pond Iron Works. Binoculars
recommended. All skill levels welcome. $5 for New Jersey Audubon
Society members; $8 for others. Information: (973) 835-2160.
**Cat-Tales Story Hour - May 1
Meeting place: Kittatinny Valley State Park office, located 1 mile
north of Route 206, off Limecrest Road in Andover, New Jersey. Share a
morning with your child and introduce them to nature's wonders by
joining the park naturalist for a story and an activity outdoors!
Cost: FREE For ages 4 & 5 Limit: 15 children PRE-REGISTRATION IS
REQUIRED Please call the park office at (973)786-6445 to register or
for more information.
**Transit Committee Of Bergen County - May 1
Meeting begins 8:00 p.m. - Learning Center Room, 4th floor - County
Administration Building - One Bergen County Plaza - Hackensack, New
Jersey - The County Administration Building is located one block south
of the Court House.
**American Spirit, Values And Power - May 2-4
Where is America Going? We stand in the shadow of permanent warfor
oil, for security, for global dominance. American idealscivil
liberties, balance of powers, environmental protection, cultural
diversity, equal economic opportunity, spiritual freedomare being
severely challenged by our overwhelming geopolitical power and the
doctrines of unilateralism and empire.
**NJ Sierra Club Holds Traffic-Buster Workshop - May 3
The NJ Chapter of the Sierra Club will hold a Traffic-Buster Workshop
on Saturday May 3, 2003, in the Morris County library. The workshop
will run from 10 AM to 4 PM and will feature presentations on various
modes of transportation including passenger rail, freight rail,
bicycling and walking.
**Hooked On The Hudson - May 3
The New Jersey Chapter of the Hudson River Fishermen's Association, in
conjunction with the Hudson River Foundation and the Palisades
Interstate Park Commission, will sponsor its 18th annual Hooked on the
Hudson festival, a celebration of the environmental and educational
opportunities available on the Hudson River, on Saturday, May 3 from
10:00 am to 3:00 pm at the PIP's Ross Dock area.
**The Great Spring Cleanup - May 3
"The Great Spring Cleanup" will be held rain or shine May 3 beginning
at 8:30 a.m. Cleanup teams are being organized and will meet at
Windward Beach Park, where the township will bus participants to the
various park, beach, preserved lands and other Brick Township properties.
**Stag Hill Earth Day Cleanup - May 3
Earth Day Mahwah: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 3. This year's event will take
place on the Silver Lake property on top of Stag Hill. Registration:
**Dune Grass Planting - May 3
Dune grass planting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3.
Anyone interested in participating in the planting effort should meet
at the township's Lifeguard Headquarters, Fourth Avenue, Ortley Beach
anytime from 10 a.m. to noon. For More Info: Call (732) 341-1000, ext.
**Birding: Allaire State Park - May 3
The Monmouth County Audubon Society will host a field trip to Allaire
State Park, Wall Township, on Saturday, May 3. "This is the time of
year when bird plumage is at its brightest and songs are loudest,"
says Dena Temple, trip leader and the organization's president. "To
hear birdsong serenades echoing through the woods is a delight."
**BirdQuest - May 3
Teams that include RKBs (Reasonably Knowledgeable Birders) as well as
novices will be taking to the field May 3, trying to find as many
different bird species as possible in Gloucester County.
**The Birds of High Mountain Preserve - May 3
9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. - High Mountain Park Preserve is the largest
remaining forested tract in Wayne, home to over 375 species of plants
and many migrating birds. Your hands-, eyes- and ears-on tour of this
special place will be led by two naturalists: NJAS Weis Ecology
Sanctuary Director, Karla Risdon and preserve monitor Rick Weiman.
(This program will meet at High Mountain. Directions sent upon
registration.) Limit: 20, Cost: $6 members, $10 nonmembers; Contact
the Weis Ecology Center at 973-835-2160 to sign up.
**Save Our History: Yellowstone - May 3
The History Channel will present "Save Our History - Yellowstone" On
Saturday, May 3 8:00 PM Eastern and Pacific, 7:00 PM Central, and 6:00
PM Mountain. This one-hour television special takes a close look at
the current issues and policies which will have a lasting impact upon
the health of Yellowstone's animals and its ecosystem.
**Hamburg Mountain Victory Hike - May 4
Meet by 10 AM at the A&P parking lot on Route 515 in Vernon. A
prominent Highlands activist, Dennis Miranda of NJCF, will take us on
an easy 2 to 3 hour tour of the preserved area. This is a victory hike
as this area was recently purchased by the State from the Intrawest
Corporation. The purchase prevents new development on the top of the
mountain. Dogs are NOT allowed on this hike - Sorry. Take Route 23
North to Route 515 North towards Vernon. As you come down a steep hill
into Vernon, the A&P parking lot will be on your right. Please arrive
promptly at 10 AM. Co-Leaders: Ellen Pepin (973-252-5137) and Steve
Ember (sehiker@...) of the Sierra Club's NJ Chapter.
**Tiny Tot World Series of Birding - May 10
The Rancocas Nature Center and the Plainsboro Preserve will hold the
first "Tiny Tot World Series of Birding" for children age 3 to 6
beginning at 10 a.m. on May 10 at the nature center, which is located
near Mount Holly, Burlington County.
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A GOOD READ...
**The Other Perspective - Duluth News Tribune - 4/28/2003
Our nation, the late conservationist John Sawhill once noted, will be
defined in the end "not only by what we create, but by what we refuse
to destroy." In the anxious times through which we are passing, these
words are worth remembering.
**How Transportation Affects Conservation - Nature Conservancy - 4/21/2003
This Earth Day, The Nature Conservancy asks you to think about the
connection between transportation and conservation. In the United
States, our quality of life depends on our highway and road system.
But road constructionand the development that typically followstakes
an expensive toll on America's wildlife and natural landscapes.
**Municipalities To Get $1.6M. For Open Space - The Press of Atlantic
City - 4/30/2003
The Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Tuesday authorized
the release of almost $1.6 million in municipal open space funds. The
money will help municipalities pay for a variety of projects ranging
from parks to fishing piers.
**Dover To Pursue More Open Space - Asbury Park Press - 4/30/2003
The Dover Township Committee agreed last night to begin working to
acquire properties along Fischer Boulevard and Old Freehold Road to be
preserved as open space. The tracts total about 165 acres, said Mayor
John F. Russo Jr.
**A Celebration Of Global Environmentalism - AlterNet - 4/17/2003
This year's Goldman Prize winners are working to reinvent human
civilization as a sustainable, life-affirming enterprise.
**Smog Fears High In Central Valley - Los Angeles Times - 4/30/2003
Public anxiety in the Central Valley over air pollution now exceeds
smog worries in Los Angeles, with nearly 40% of residents in the
state's vast and fast-growing midsection saying a family member
suffers serious respiratory problems, a new survey says.
**County Seeks Compensation For Bulldozed Trees - Bergen Record -
An Alpine millionaire accused of pirating parkland to build a backyard
tennis court has been hit with a second lawsuit. Bergen County
officials are seeking compensation for the half acre of county-owned
woodlands they say Andrew Krieger bulldozed last spring behind his
$4.2 million mansion on Anderson Avenue.
**Chester Twp. Man Charged In Gas-Dumping Incident - Daily Record -
A 41-year-old hair stylist took the shortcut of dumping gasoline down
a storm drain instead of discarding it safely - an environmental
offense that could cost him his BMW and leave him with a criminal
record, authorities said Tuesday.
**Fire And Flowers Return To The Prairie - Christian Science Monitor -
Around the US, native ecosystems are being restored because of their
--->Birds & Birding
**Scientists Go To South Seas To Study Arctic Birds - Associated Press
Blazing sun, crashing surf and exotic shorebirds on the wing. Days
spent hiking white-sand beaches of deserted Polynesian atolls, partly
for a chance to see Alaska's rare bristle-thighed curlew in its winter
home. Does this sound idyllic or what? Not quite.
**Ospreys Nest In Cell Tower - Asbury Park Press - 4/30/2003
A pair of osprey have found a novel spot to make a nest and raise a
family: a 158-foot cell phone tower. For the second year in a row, the
birds with a 5-foot wingspan have nested in a cell phone tower,
designed to resemble a tree, behind the borough public works garage on
East River Road.
--->Campaign Finance Reform
**A Spare Change - TomPaine - 4/29/2003
The fundraising reports are in, and the "wealth primary" for the
Democratic nomination has officially begun. Thanks to the recently
passed McCain-Feingold campaign finance law, the contest is more
exclusive than ever before.
**Rise In Otter Deaths Puts Experts On Alert - Los Angeles Times -
A dramatic increase in the number of dead sea otters found washed up
on California beaches this month has wildlife officials puzzled and
scrambling for possible reasons.
**Sea Otter Deaths Puzzling To Experts - ENS - 4/29/2003
Federal and state wildlife officials say they do not know why 44
southern sea otters have washed up dead on California beaches in the
month of April, bringing the year's total to 91. The mortalities this
month are more than double the 10 year average, officials said.
**US Zoos Give Up Permits To Take African Elephants - ENN - 4/30/2003
A coalition of animal rights and wildlife preservation groups claimed
Tuesday that they had blocked at least temporarily two U.S. zoos
from importing African elephants from a Swaziland preserve.
**Confiscated Tiger And Leopard Cubs Recovering - ENS - 4/29/2003
Tiger and leopard cubs rescued last week from a private home in rural
California are recovering well and are in excellent condition, reports
The Fund for Animals.
**$5M Contract For Dover, Rockaway Twp. Flood Control OK'd - Daily
Record - 4/30/2003
Final planning will begin next week for the start of the McKeel Brook
flood control project in Dover and Rockaway Township after the
awarding of a $5 million contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
--->Forests & Trees
**Forestry Views & News - The Daily Journal - 4/30/2003
Star Tribune is anti-logging newspaper. It appears that some of the
larger newspapers in the nation are biased when it comes to supporting
timber harvesting on national forests that in turn supports the forest
industry and accompanying jobs. They equate mining and timber cutting
in the same destructive mode as being an extractive irreplaceable
resource, not a renewable resource.
**Zambia Develops Biotechnology Strategy - ENS - 4/29/2003
Seven months after Zambia rejected genetically modified foods and
banned American transgenic food donations from entering its territory,
the Zambian government has developed a National Biosafety and
Biotechnology Strategy Plan.
**Edison Meeting Its Environmental Needs - Home News Tribune - 4/30/2003
Edison Mayor George Spadoro, Council President Peter Barnes and the
rest of the Edison Township Council should be commended for their
leadership on environmental issues.
**Vernon Park Plans Debated - NJ Herald - 4/30/2003
A group of township residents suggest the owners of the VanDokkenburg
Farm sell 100 acres of the farm to the state for peservation. But the
Township Council is leaning toward swapping the municipal-owned Maple
Grange property for 130 acres of the farm to build a centralized park
at one location.
**'New Beginning' For Dumping Site - Bergen Record - 4/28/2003
Members of the Teaneck Creek Conservancy took their first
mulch-trodden steps Sunday toward transforming 46 garbage-strewn acres
into a carefully manicured nature trail lined with environmental art.
--->Military & War
**A Dolphin Disses War - AlterNet - 4/11/2003
A dolphin gives the inside scoop on what the Navy really does with the
largest contingent of captive marine mammals in the world.
**Nuclear Reactor Is Shut Down Because Of Fire At NY Plant -
Philadelphia Inquirer - 4/30/2003
A fire early yesterday damaged equipment in a nonnuclear section of
the Indian Point 3 power plant and forced the shutdown of the reactor,
a spokesman for the plant's owner said.
**NRC To Evaluate Artificial Island - The Bridgeton News - 4/30/2003
Representatives from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission here tonight
will discuss the results of the agency's annual assessment of safety
performance at the Artificial Island nuclear generating complex.
**Clammers, County Talk About Sewage Damages - Home News Tribune -
Still reeling from a financial hit after a March sewer-main break
polluted area waterways, clammers met yesterday with members of the
Middlesex County Utilities Authority to discuss reparations.
**Crackdown Sought: State Studies Boating Noise - Asbury Park Press -
There could be renewed enforcement of boat noise limits this summer,
with State Police now in the early stages of thinking about how they
might test overly loud engine exhausts and issue summonses against
operators of such vessels.
**Patience Runs Out Along With Gas - Los Angeles Times - 4/30/2003
Motorists are lining up for as long as three days for fuel in Nigeria,
a major oil exporter.
**God's Time, Fishing In Nigeria's Troubled Waters - ENN - 4/30/2003
You would have to be brave, foolish, or very hungry to eat the fish
that God's Time is catching in his net. Standing in a murky pond by a
ramshackle collection of wooden and tin shacks in Nigeria's oil
capital of Port Harcourt, he throws his net into the putrid water and
pulls out a few fish.
**Florida Keen To Recycle Carpets - ENS - 4/29/2003
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has joined a
national effort to encourage the recycling and reuse of post consumer
carpet. The DEP signed a Memorandum of Understanding for Carpet
Stewardship last week, joining nine other states and the U.S.
Environmental Protection as part of the Carpet America Recovery Effort
**Dismal Swamp Is Living Up To Meaning Of Its Name - Home News Tribune
A former dumping ground in the Dismal Swamp is expected to be added
this week to the list of the most polluted sites in the nation. The
Woodbrook Road Dump, north of Woodbrook Road near the border of South
Plainfield and Edison, is expected to be added to the Superfund or
National Priorities List, making the site eligible for federal money
to help pay for a cleanup.
**Traffic Pollution Shown To Damage Sperm Quality - ENN - 4/30/2003
Traffic pollution can affect male fertility by damaging sperm, Italian
scientists said Wednesday. After studying 85 attendants at tollbooths
on Italian highways, researchers at the University of Naples in
southern Italy discovered the men had poorer quality sperm than other
young and middle-aged Italian workers in the same area.
**County Plans To Realign Trail - Asbury Park - 4/30/2003
Monmouth County Park System officials last night discussed their plans
to realign portions of a proposed 12-mile extension to the Henry
Hudson Trail and gave a gentle warning to residents to remove sheds,
fences and -- in one instance -- a swimming pool on the publicly owned
**Traffic Deaths Spur Legislative Action - Burlington County Times -
With 65 fatalities, Burlington County had more traffic deaths last
year than all New Jersey counties but one. Two legislators said
yesterday that they want steps taken to reduce that number.
**Possibility Of Light Rail Line Discussed At Meeting - Today's
Sunbeam - 4/30/2003
The last time light rail was discussed, it was met with opposition
that mostly dealt with concerns over safety. The new man in charge at
the Delaware River Port Authority is hoping a different approach this
time around will answer more questions and address any and all
concerns the public may have now before plans move forward.
**A Faster Commute - Asbury Park Press - 4/30/2003
The commute to New York from northern Ocean County will get more
convenient with the opening this summer of a larger park-and-ride lot
in Jackson along with additional bus routes. On-site ticketing and a
covered waiting area should help, too.
**Buena To Take Rt. 40 No-Pass Request To DOT - Daily Journal - 4/30/2003
If borough officials have their way, vehicles on Route 40 won't be
able to pass each other. Council threw its support behind a plan
Tuesday to eliminate passing on Route 40 from Route 54 to Brewster Road.
**Mobilizing The Region #413, April 28, 2003
Each week, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign publishes Mobilizing
the Region, or MTR. MTR is a bulletin on New Jersey, New York and
Connecticut transportation news and opinion from the perspective of
advocacy for sustainable transportation. Among the many stories this
week, A recent Brookings Institution report on gas taxes in the United
States points out that the per-gallon value of New Jersey's long
standing 10.5-cents/gallon state gas tax has been significantly eroded
**World's Wettest Area Dries Up - BBC - 4/28/2003
The Khasi Hills, in a remote part of north-east India, usually
experience torrential rains. Famously, the area once recorded more
than 1,000 inches (2,540 centimetres) of rain in just one year - a
global record. But villagers in the region, which was named after the
rain-filled clouds that supplied the waterfalls and streams, now have
to bring water from other areas. Increases in pollution and
deforestation have been blamed for the environmental changes.
**County Primed For Water Study - The Press of Atlantic City - 4/30/2003
A visiting state Department of Environmental Protection official said
Tuesday that a long-awaited study of the county's water supply would
get under way this summer.
**Rowan Team To Study Watershed Pollution - Courier-Post - 4/30/2003
A federal grant will allow a team of Rowan University faculty and
students to study two South Jersey watersheds and teach the public how
to prevent pollution from damaging them.
**Olin Corporation Gets Big Return On Wastewater Scrubbing Operation -
ENN - 4/30/2003
Olin Corporation's Niagara Falls plant is a chlor-alkali manufacturing
facility that produces chlorine gas. By modifying some of its
processes, Olin was able to recover and recycle a significant amount
of its waste stream, eliminating a 16,500-gallon-per-day waste
discharge. Tom Muka, technical manager for project implementation,
told GreenBiz.com that old system was just money down the drain.
**Under Saddam, Iraqis Saw Paradise Dsappear - Associated Press -
In the purported Garden of Eden, lifeless trees stand amid trash,
patches of dry grass and salt-encrusted mud -- the remnants of
once-lush marshlands. For more than a decade, Saddam Hussein
systematically destroyed the vast wetlands of southern Iraq --
building dams and canals to drain the swamps, setting fire to the sea
of reeds, and arresting and killing residents.
**Brazil Protects Pantanal Private Wetland Reserve - ENS - 4/30/2003
Brazil has designated a significant portion of the enormous Pantanal
wetland in Mato Grosso State as a Wetland of International Importance,
the Bureau of the Convention on Wetlands announced today. The Pantanal
is the world's largest freshwater wetland system, covering millions of
square miles of central-western Brazil, eastern Bolivia and eastern
**Lake Pohatcong's New Denizens: Trout - The Press of Atlantic City -
Two cushy years of never once having to catch food on the fly, of day
after day of publicly subsidized meals, ended Tuesday morning as they
were boarded onto a truck bound from a little town in Warren County to
**Don't Flush This Idea Away - Los Angeles Times - 4/30/2003
With each kerplush of a toilet, gallons of water that traveled
hundreds of miles from Northern California or the Colorado River spill
into sewers. In this overpopulated, arid basin, where forecasters'
mouths go dry with anxiety about possible water shortages each fall, a
urinal that can save as much as 40,000 gallons a year would seem as
valuable as an April shower that turns into a downpour.
**Get Data Right, No Matter The Source - Ocean County Observer - 4/30/2003
Ocean County Freeholder Director John C. Bartlett Jr. is likely to
make hay today of DEP Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell's call Monday
for up-to-date county information on development and land-preservation
**Vegetarians Kill Critters, Too - The Press of Atlantic City - 4/30/2003
Regarding the April 23 column by Dan Paden of People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals, "Fishing should be outlawed'': But, Mr.
Anti-fishing, they are sooo tasty! Seriously though, are we supposed
to believe that no other creature has had to perish to support his
**Build Groins, Not Sand Dunes - The Press of Atlantic City - 4/30/2003
Anyone who has lived here for any length of time knows that sand dunes
are not capable of holding back the forces of Mother Nature. The only
reason for building dunes is to protect the first 150 feet or so from
the ocean and the added attraction of having bigger beaches. The dunes
will offer no protection for anyone in a flood-prone area.
**ATV Riders Have No Respect - Asbury Park Press - 4/30/2003
This letter is in response to the April 21 letter "ATV riders need a
place to ride." While the writer might think it is wonderful and
glorious to be out riding an all-terrain vehicle in nature, maybe he
would like to spend a weekend at my house. I have the wonder of these
nuisance machines day and night every day of the year. I also welcome
any police intervention that may come my way.
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**A Breath of Fresh Air: Reviving the New Source Review Program
With this report, the Academy fulfills its charge from the U.S.
Congress to conduct an independent management evaluation of the Clean
Air Act's New Source Review (NSR) program. The Panel finds that the
NSR program is critical for protecting public health, and that it has
been effective in reducing pollution from newly built facilities. For
existing facilities, however, NSR sometimes produces inequitable
impacts and falls short of its environmental goals. National Academy
of Public Administration - April 2003 - 203 pages
No-Brainer Water Conservation...
One way to conserve water is to remember to avoid wasteful habits such
as taking baths instead of showers, leaving the faucet running while
washing vegetables or brushing teeth, or watering the garden on a hot
windy day. But there are also some one-time household fixes that will
help you conserve water without even thinking about it:
# Evaluate for other hidden water leaks. Read your water meter while
no water is being used in your house. Check again after several hours
when no one has used any water. If the meter reading has changed, you
may have an underground water leak.
Re: Back To Eden: Restoring The Marshes Of Iraq
I am an environmental documentary producer. I have just returned from
a 6000 miles filming trip from Key West to Carmen in Southern Mexico
and back. The story of wetlands distruction is worse along our coast.
The gulf of mexico is on the brink of being a dead sea. The US govern
and state govern are guilty of "criminal negligence" according to
legal professors at Tulane. They claim that the government knows the
gulf is dying and are allowing pollution to finish the job. The EPA
enforcement is non existant.The flood gates of pollution are open and
the last two years have taken the gulf to a point of no return. Why
does the government think we should fix Iraq when this ecosystem is
allowed to die.