Saturday, September 15, 2012

What is a Watershed? Adopt Your Watershed 2012 EPA Program announced

Today, those of us who are concerned with Mother Earth, and all of her inhabitants, have many causes we can adopt, many organizations who are doing good things to keep Earth, Air, Sky and Waters clean. 

There are a handful of organizations that I support in Social Media that are strictly for the preservation of birds, four-leggeds, fish and all manner of critters. 

For those who are straining at the brain trying to figure out where to put our energy and time, it is difficult choose one thing, and many of us do not. 

What is a Watershed? (Follow link to EPA Watershed Page) We all live in a Watershed. A Watershed is an area where all waters run to a common waterway. This includes the smallest streams, creeks and tributaries, all the way to our globe's Oceans. We all have a vested interest in strengthening, and caring for our Watersheds.

It is a good time in 2012 regarding young people, because they are looking up from their !Pods, Smart Phones, and Blackberries; not liking what they see. They are getting involved, and here is hoping they surpass us old school environmentalists, who fought in the 1970's to see the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The following is one example of caring for a watershed. In this YouTube video, The EPA supports Green Stormwater Management in Lenexa, KS.




It is 40 years since the Clean Water Act was established, and it has helped, but industry and an Industrial brained Congress, have caused many loopholes in the Clean Air, and Clean Water Acts. The Industrial wires say that Environmental Regulations hurt business.

 That is only a lie. It is greedy old dudes wanting to not only win a few games, but they want it all. 

Even mine and yours. Me, my children, grand and great grandchildren have the right to clean Air, and Clean Water. If rules against destroying what keeps us alive are burdensome, then perhaps the Industrial Wires need to rethink their positions.

Having said all that; The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a program that will give groups, communities and Tribes a way to Adopt one of 2600 Water sheds in the U.S. and Tribal Nations. 

The Program is "Adopt Your Watershed" (follow link to EPA Page)

There are nine items listed that community or tribe members can do, to take better control of local water quality, and be involved in a leadership position.

This is exciting, because community members who care enough to give a little time each month, can make a huge difference to their own Watershed.

If you do get involved, please come back and give us a post if you will. 

Thank you!


Monday, September 10, 2012

EPA Partners with Dept of Energy for sustainablility

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has partnered with the Department of Energy and come up with a Division that will be administered through the EPA: "Land, Waste and Cleanup I Science & Technology"

The EPA and Department of Energy are running feasibilty studies that will work on producing energy by coming up with ways to transform polluted, National Priorities Listed Properties, Toxic Waste sites, mining sites, and Brownfields.



This is a link to EPA Podcasts that talk about Green Innovations, and are an alternative to having to read through these government announcements, giving the non-scientist a chance to participate and gather information for Environmental equality.

The #photo centered above was taken from the 2nd floor of the Clinton Presidential Library, on the banks of the Arkansas River, in Little Rock, AR. The reason I used this photo is it shows current activity in revitalizing the North Little Rock, Arkanasas side of the Arkansas River.

What does that photo have to do with the EPA Science & Technology of focusing on Waste sites, Brownfields and other toxic lands to move toward a renewable future? The Clinton Presidential Library Foundation, and Heifter International partnered to Revitalize a National Priority Listed Property area of the Arkansas River bank, and it is one of the most successful set of greening and revitalization projects to date.

There is a lot of good information, laid out in a simple manner, and there are links to a lot of information for the citizen who wants to get involved in Public Comments, and attending Public meetings. The Land, Waste & Cleanup site, is an excellent page for resources needed for those seeking information on environmental issues by and near their homes.



The industries are the ones who show up to the public meetings, and are involved in decision making meetings when it comes to permitting facilities and business. Be Involved, show up, and speak up.

Save our only habitat. Please, do not do nothing.

Acitve Volcano on webcam, Kilauea, HI

Get a unique view of an active volcano, just peer over the rim, a little closer...

A big Thank you to the USGS.gov, via Pacific Islands NPS @PacificNPS, for sharing the photo of a live volcano getting busy.

This #photo was taken September 9, 2012, of

KÄ«lauea Volcano, Summit , HI


 
Thanks to the scientists and other dedicated public servants at the USGS, including many partnerships, we are able to enjoy sites and portions of our Earth that the everyday person would rarely get to enjoy. Thanks again.

This YouTube Video brings you right there. I can almost feel the heat, and smell the sulfer:

 
This YouTube Video was provided by the Center for the Study of Volcanos

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Pipeline Leak in the Gulf of Mexico August 24, 2012

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Incident News, recently published a report of a pipeline leak reported on the Gulf of Mexico, on August 24, 2012.

The area possibly reporting the report and request for a NOAA SSC incident trajectory report regarding 10 to 133 barrels of South Louisiana Crude, from the Energy 21 Pipeline Leak W Delta31 at the Gulf of Mexico, 30 miles south east of Grand Isle, LA.

Included below is a crude oil spill in from April 2012 from YouTube: Oil Spill Threatens Louisiana Fishing Industry by Bloomberg.

 
We can only assign partial blame to politicians. If we are driving we are drilling. Demand the right to form permaculture, or traditional Native communities where we can use our two-legged power and energy to meet our needs.
 




Thursday, September 6, 2012

A What If...Exxon spilled a bunch of oil in Louisiana?

IncidentNOAA has published an incident report for September 5, 2012.

Exxon Mobile made this report on September 5, 2012 of a possible 5 bbl of dobe crude oil.

According to the article, this was reported as a "what if" incident.

What if we change the way we set up our cities, promote mass transit, and park our autos.

Oddly enough, many environmentalists would never dream of giving up driving. One day, one way or another there will have to be big changes.



The incident is in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Region 6 of the EPA. 

This is on the bank of the Mississippi River, and so far seems to have been contained at the origin of the dumping site.

North American Fish extinctions escalating

A dire report issued August 12, 2012, by the United States Geological Society (USGS) is alarming to those who are inhabitants of Earth.

The title of the article is; North American Fish Extinctions may double by 2050. (the complete report is in this link.

From the Office of Communications and Publishing of the USGS out of Gainsville, Florida.

How fast can you kill it?

How fast can you melt it?

How much money does it take to satisfy an Industrialist?

This is a report that should make every earthling stop what they are doing, turn off their television, and look for a way to return to a simple life.

The best way to help understand the ferocity of this situation is to define Exponential Growth **


Main Entry:
exponential growth
Part of Speech: n
Definition: development at an increasingly rapid rate in proportion to the growing total number or size; a constant rate of growth applied to a continuously growing base over a period of time


Another way to think about it is the old double a penny a day. Start out with one penny, then next day two, the next day four, the next day eight and so on...it will not be long until you are in the big money.

This is what is happening rapidly to North American Fish Species.

Documenting scientific evidence in modern times, has given modern people an idea of timelines of our Earth. Ice melts, excavations, man-made and natural disasters can bring ancient information to the surface, where we can see signs of life.

Geological evidence is found where at one time the Earth was under water, where it was a giant landmass, when it was frozen solid, and even where the Earth was struck by a giant asteroid in times past.

Geological time, or Earth Changes Time is counted by millions of years (myo.). Geologically speaking, fish extinctions are on a run-away-train to the end.

Without clean water, without oxygen in our waters, not only can aquatic life no longer exist, this unfortuneatly spells the end of all living things, and that includes Human beings.

Per the report, the loss of fish species we have experienced from 1900 - 2010, is equal to what Nature or Geology had done in 3 million years.

This may not mean much too you, or you may decide to shut the computer down, and turn on the plug-in-drug, thinking that it is someone else's problem. It is our Planet, our only habitat, and if we do not all get together asap, it will be curtains for us all.





 

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Is Richmond California free from PCB danger?


Chevron TCI Refinery Richmond California

Shelter In Place Warning - August 6, 2012


According to the Register Star Online, residents of the town of Ghent, are concerned that the raging fire at Chevron TCI's Refinery in Richmond California, has caused toxins to be released into their air, water and soil.

In a letter published by Bill and Courtney Powell of Ghent, they exclaimed disbelief that the EPA could have tested water and soil for PCB's and have had an "all clear" designation in only 2 days. The EPA reported no dangerous levels.

Fog City Journal.com has included a photo of the fire; submitted by Occupy Okland, that shows a devilish, and eerie plume of black smoke.

According to a certified, environmental test, this smoke reading is -0- opacity. This means it is detrimental to human and other life forms.

The smoke is only what can be seen with the human eye; what cannot be detected without months and years of testing is the biological affect the toxins from this fire will have on human and other life forms.


NOAA Requests

Incident News provided by the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) has requested information from the Specialized Services Company, (SSC) regarding a mystery sheen located in the Oil Drilling Lease area known as Vermilion 51, off the coast of Louisiana, North America.

This is located on the globe at Latitude (approximate): 29° 23.02' North, Longitude (approximate): 92° 9.92' West.

This was reported on 2012-Jul-28  @ GOMEX, 13mi south of LA Coast 

There are no updates listed as of September 6, 2012

Incident News from NOAA July 28, 2012

Here is a YouTube Video of NOAA in emergency response 2005: