County observes conservation month

Some 75 years later, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is keeping soil, water and air conservation issues front and center in the Lone Star State.

An arm of the the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the NRCS is marking its 75th year this month with county proclamations like the one granted Tuesday by the Gregg County commission.

Texas state conservationist Donald W. Gohmert requested the recognition.

“Born out of the days of anguish and adversity of the Dust Bowl, NRCS (formerly Soil Conservation Service) has a long and distinguished place in Texas history of helping people help the land,” he said.

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MLGW is Going Dooor to Door to Notify Water Wasters

MEMPHIS, TN – MLGW is cracking down on water wasters. Crews are going door to door, letting people know their water bills are through the roof. They say it’s probably a sign of a bigger problem. MLGW says the average house uses between 4 and 6 CCF (hundred cubic feet) of water every month. The people they visited Thursday are using more than 39 CCF a month. That’s equal to about 234,000 10 oz. water bottles a month.

MLGW customer service tech Vernon Baymon went around bearing badnews.
“Our records show that your bill’s real high,” he told one customer. “That’s why we’re here to let you know.”

Crews are visiting more than 800 homes in five area zip codes where they see the worst water wasters.

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The state expects to deliver 20 to 40 percent of water requested by suppliers

Winter storms failed to leave enough snow on the Sierra Nevada to keep water flowing freely this year, state officials said Thursday.

“We’ve had sort of a hit-and-miss nature to storms this winter, and that has left the State Water Project in not as good a position as we would like, and maybe worse than you would expect,” said Mark Cowin, director of the California Department of Water Resources. “Clearly we’re going to have water shortages this year.”

The winter season ended Thursday with snowpack slightly above normal, allowing state officials to boost estimated deliveries to water agencies this year to 20 percent of what was requested.

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Countries Blame China, Not Nature, for Water Shortage

But the drought has also created a major public relations problem for the Chinese government in neighboring countries, where in recent years China has tried to project an image of benevolence and brotherhood.

Farmers and fishermen in countries that share the Mekong River with China, especially Thailand, have lashed out at China over four dams that span the Chinese portion of the 3,000-mile river, despite what appears to be firm scientific evidence that low rainfall is responsible for the plunging levels of the river, not China’s hydroelectric power stations.

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One Person Really Can Make a Difference

Blog, blog, action. It all started with a blog that Beth Terry of Oakland, Calif., read on about the monstrous plastic garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean. She was particularly struck by a photo of an albatross that had essentially been shrink-wrapped. It inspired her to start cleaning up her act, when it came to plastic waste. And she started a blog, and wrote about her plastic concerns. As she set about finding homes for all of the plastic items in her life that had served their useful purpose, she discovered that when it came to Brita plastic water filters, there was no room at the inn.

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GLOBAL: Unsafe water, the silent killer

JOHANNESBURG, 22 March 2010 (IRIN) – Every 20 seconds a child dies from a water-related disease – 1.8 million children younger than five years each year. This alarming figure is from a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which says millions of tonnes of solid waste are being flushed into water systems every day, spreading disease.

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UN: Polluted water killing, sickening, millions ‎

Did you know that more people die from polluted water every year than from all forms of violence, including war? That’s what the UN reported a few days ago, in a study titled “Sick Water.”


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Water filters for Hait

ADA, Mich. (WZZM) – A group of West Michigan companies teamed up Thursday to help survivors in Haiti.

Volunteers at Amway spent their lunch break assembling chlorinator components. The device attaches to a previous water filter made by the team, chlorinating the water to remove bacteria, and then removing the chlorine so it’s safe to drink. Through the device, workers say Haitians will be able to drink water right away.

“We believe that water is vital and to have safe water is important because then you’re not getting sick and you can actually be more productive,” says Dr. Roy Kuennen of Amway. “So we believe it’s extremely important not only for giving back to the community but helping people in Haiti through their disaster.”

Amway, Cascade Engineering, Triple Quest and a safe water group plan to create 1,000 of the systems for Haiti. Amway is also donating 1,500 packets of its Positrim meal supplement to Haiti.


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