By Guest Columnist DINK NESMITH, a Jesup native who is president and co-owner of Athens-based Community Newspapers, Inc., publishers of newspapers in Georgia, Florida and North Carolina
If fictional detective Sherlock Holmes were roaming the halls of the Georgia General Assembly, he could give an “elementary” clue why the proposed strengthening of coal-ash handling died before 2017’s Crossover Day. “My dear Watson,” the pipe-smoking sleuth would say, “follow the money.”
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with a comment from the board that oversees the Kirkwood Neighborhood Association. –
Atlanta’s school superintendent is backing an effort to protect a 10-acre stand of trees and the development of an urban farm and nature center at the site of Pullman Yard, the 27-acre site in Kirkwood that the state of Georgia is selling as a likely mixed use development.
At the end of a dirt path that touches the Yellow River in Newton County, one piece of the future of Georgia’s network of water trails is taking shape – a network that now has the blessings of the state House of Representatives.
By Guest Columnist BETH BOND, curator of Sustainable News, Southeast Green
Last summer in a Green Tech Media article, Georgia Power received a disturbing headline. The headline was Georgia Power’s Rooftop Solar Program Signs Up Only 5 Customers. The implication was there was no solar market in Georgia for residential sign-ups. After all, the article reported, there were over 10,000 inquiries but only five customers who had actually signed up and gotten a solar installation. What was wrong with Georgia citizens?
Atlanta is moving forward with plans to abandon a street in advance of construction of a long-awaited park, to be located near the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, that’s now named the Rodney Cook, Sr. Park at Historic Vine City. A public hearing on the abandonment is set for Tuesday.
Georgia is stocking trout in streams two weeks earlier than normal because warm winter weather resulted in fish growing faster than usual, combined with low stream-flows through hatcheries due to the drought.
Georgia and Florida have split a bill of $430,325.19 charged by the special master who managed the Supreme Court lawsuit over river flow from Georgia into Florida. This may be the first time court costs associated with the case have emerged. More payments are pending.
An effort to increase public notice about coal ash issues, and management of coal ash dumps, has stalled in the state Legislature. The proposals are dead for the year, unless advocates can attach them to legislation that is still under consideration.
The buzz over the Georgia-Florida water dispute is more than mere white noise in a battle that dates to 1990. The final report now headed to the U.S. Supreme Court puts the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the center of the environmental dilemma.
The Atlanta City Council is slated on Monday to urge state lawmakers to pass a law that would increase the amount of money a state department receives from the sale of special license plates to fund the sterilization of dogs and cats. The bill also would fix an apparent typo on the state’s “Go Braves” tag.
By Guest Columnist SUSAN VARLAMOFF, the former director of the University of Georgia’s Office of Environmental Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and lifetime Master Gardener
Landscapes occupy vast swaths of land across urban and suburban areas in the U.S. and how we cultivate our gardens directly affects the surrounding environment. Since Atlanta is bisected by the Chattahoochee River, which serves as a drinking water source, runoff from the land directly impacts the river’s water quality. Misuse or overuse of fertilizers and pesticides can result in water contamination as these chemicals run off the land during rain events.
Atlanta is making plans to buy a house and use its grounds to provide access to creek side trails the South Fork Conservancy has built alongside the South and North forks of Peachtree Creek. The city is willing to pay nearly $400,000 for the property.
The latest directive from the special master overseeing the water-war litigation between Georgia and Florida reminds of the theory about the tragedy of the commons: The directive reminds of the amount of water Georgia already juggles to meet various demands.
Solar panels that can withstand the weight of vehicles were installed last week on the surface of the roadway at the Georgia Visitor Information Center in West Point. The energy will help power the information center.
The federal government has made it official: It will not take a position in the federal lawsuit Florida filed against Georgia over Georgia’s consumption of water from the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin. What’s of note is that the federal government is changing the rules of how the water in the basin is managed.
In one of those feel-good stories just made for the holidays, a third-grade teacher from a small town in Middle Georgia has won a $1,000 grant funded by private contributions to build a bog at school with pupils who came up with the idea of a bog to solve a school-wide problem.