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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 -

      New Jersey...

      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
      Jersey -
      & 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 war–for
      oil, for security, for global dominance. American ideals–civil
      liberties, balance of powers, environmental protection, cultural
      diversity, equal economic opportunity, spiritual freedom–are 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:
      (201) 529-5757.

      **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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      **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 construction—and the development that typically follows—takes
      an expensive toll on America's wildlife and natural landscapes.

      Today's Stories...

      --->Less Sprawl

      **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.

      --->Air Pollution

      **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
      environmental benefits.

      --->Birds & Birding

      **Scientists Go To South Seas To Study Arctic Birds - Associated Press
      - 4/30/2003

      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.

      --->Endangered Species

      **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.

      --->Flood Control

      **$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.

      --->Genetic Engineering

      **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.

      --->Green Living

      **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.

      --->Petroleum Industry

      **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
      - 4/30/2003

      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
      by inflation.


      **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.

      --->Water Pollution

      **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
      dietary habits?

      **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.
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