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Mar 2004 contains 61 News Articles.

Babies on Board! Springtime Brings Extra Concerns for Wildlife, Says Fund for Animals
PRNewswire - 30 Mar 2004
This time of year, people may think they're home alone until they hear ghostly scratching noises coming from the attic, or chirping sounds resonating from the chimney. It's baby season! Springtime is when many wild animals take advantage of holes in attics, uncapped chimneys, and openings under sheds to raise their young.

Maine likely to ban MTBE
Portland Press Herald, ME - 29 Mar 2004
Maine is one of 17 states that either have MTBE bans or are considering them, years after the additive was discovered to be contaminating water supplies. MTBE has been detected in hundreds of public water supplies in 28 states, including, as of 1998, 16 percent of public water supplies in Maine. Thousands more private wells have been tainted with the substance, a potential carcinogen that even in tiny amounts makes water taste like turpentine.

Old growth, new junk
Bremerton Sun, WA - 29 Mar 2004
While providing a nature haven in the middle of an urban environment, the park has again become a private dumping ground for a few law-breakers. Controlling illegal dumping has been a problem since the county took over the land from the Department of Natural Resources in 2001.

Battle lines formed over growth plan
The News-Press, FL - 29 Mar 2004
Hometown democracy or ballot-box planning? That’s the debate being sparked over a proposed amendment to the state’s constitution that puts certain land-use decisions in the hands of voters.

Alabama congressman explores why environmental damage hampers poor most
al.com - 28 Mar 2004
The freshman congressman says he is keeping an open mind as he launches an environmental justice tour and symposium next month, but he rejects the idea that landfills, coal mines or polluting businesses are necessary in poor neighborhoods to spark economic growth.

EPA investigating pollution levels around former Picayune plant
Sun-Herald, MS - 28 Mar 2004
It could be years before EPA officials understand what risks, if any, the site represents to the community. However, a report shows soils and waters both at the site and in nearby properties are contaminated with wood-treating chemicals.

Within easy urban reach, a small patch of the wild
Boston Globe, MA - 28 Mar 2004
Hall's Pond is Brookline's first land conservation purchase and one of the Boston area's finest examples of green-space restoration. Hall's Pond reflects a national trend, as small patches of the wild are being nurtured and preserved -- not as formal parks or playing fields, but as pristine natural environments that don't require a two-hour drive for urban residents to enjoy.

Pollution and the Slippery Meaning of 'Clean'
New York Times, NY - 28 Mar 2004
What makes the notion of clean so slippery is the relative newness of the idea of decontaminating industrial sites and the unpalatable truth that treating pollution, even rendering it harmless, almost never means getting rid of it. The sin, once committed, cannot be entirely undone, and this is something no one really wants to hear.

Regional conservation plan aims for coordinated effort
Kansas City Star, MO - 27 Mar 2004
Instead of patchwork management, area planners are developing a coordinated effort to boost preservation and restoration of natural systems in greenways, parks and development projects.

San Gabriel River due for major revitalization
Pasadena Star-News, CA - 27 Mar 2004
New master plan brightens future of area waterway. The plan outlines 134 projects dealing with natural vegetation, wildlife, recreation, open space, flood protection and water quality. These projects start at the Cogswell Dam in the Angeles National Forest and end at Seal Beach, 58 miles away.

CCX Members Commit to Cutting Emissions
GreenBiz.com - 26 Mar 2004
Members of the Chicago Climate Exchange have committed to cutting their carbon emissions by 4% by 2006. CCX have made the commitment to prove that, despite there being no binding emission reduction targets in the U.S., companies can strive to mitigate climate change nonetheless.

This forest was purposely set on fire to help keep blazes in check
Idaho Statesman, ID - 25 Mar 2004
The pair of elk marching down a partially snow-covered hillside near Grimes Creek Wednesday didn´t seem to care about the helicopter above them, setting the forest on fire. But the fire was being set for the benefit of the elk, several homes to the east of the hillside and everything else in the surrounding forest, including the trees.

Land conservation program expands in Pennsylvania
Environmental News Network - 24 Mar 2004
Under the Ohio River Basin Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, western Pennsylvania farmers would be paid to allow the land to revert to native grasses and vegetation, which helps prevent erosion.

Climate Debate Gets Its Icon: Mt. Kilimanjaro
New York Times, NY - 23 Mar 2004
Kilimanjaro, the storied mountain that rises nearly four miles above the shimmering plains of Tanzania, is beginning to resemble the spotted owl - at least in the way it has become a two-sided icon in an environmental debate.

Turning the Kalamazoo from a river choked by pollution to one with clean, clear waters
Environmental News Network - 23 Mar 2004
The river is much cleaner now, mostly because of stricter federal guidelines for industrial discharges and wastewater treatment enacted in the late 1960s and 1970s. But it is by no means pollution-free.

Council: Tree Study A 'Wake Up Call' For Town
Leesburg Today, VA - 23 Mar 2004
According to a study by American Forests that was presented to the town council Monday night, Leesburg’s tree canopy has declined by 71 percent in the decade from 1992 to 2001. In the same time period, a 23 percent reduction in open space and a 112 percent increase in urban area was reported, according to the study, which was conducted at no cost to the town.

Survey finds builders lax on avoiding soil erosion
Portland Press Herald, ME - 23 Mar 2004
Nearly half of Maine construction sites violate the soil erosion laws that protect lakes and streams from pollution, according to a state survey.

Bill seeks testing for home wells
Poughkeepsie Journal, NY - 22 Mar 2004
Assemblyman Thomas DiNapoli, a Democrat from Long Island, has proposed a bill requiring all private wells in New York be tested for a variety of contaminants whenever a home is sold. The bill closely resembles a New Jersey law. New Jersey environmental officials said recently they found 8 percent of tested wells failed to meet health-based standards for drinking water contaminants, mostly excessive nitrates or bacteria.

Pollution threatens rural water supplies
Dayton Daily News, OH - 22 Mar 2004
The ongoing study focuses on Clark County, but Ohio water experts say the conditions there are the same throughout the state: Rural drinking water supplies are being polluted by sources such as agricultural runoff and failing septic tanks.

Rural area poses test on growth
The Oregonian, OR - 22 Mar 2004
This transformation from clearing to metropolis is at the crux of a modern debate: whether to choose permanent barriers to growth. An ordinance being considered this spring at Metro, the Portland area's regional government, would stop southward development by protecting land south of the Willamette River and west of the Pudding River. Some leaders want to consider other stopping points, such as Sauvie Island or the Sandy River.

South Lido Park returning to nature
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, FL - 22 Mar 2004
For the next year, George Tatge is god of South Lido Park. Tatge is the man overseeing an environmental restoration of the 100-acre park, cutting out invasive species, planting native ones and smoothing and sloping the land so water sheets across the ground as it used to before mankind meddled with it.

Crusade in Orange turns focus on sludge
Durham Herald Sun, NC - 21 Mar 2004
Nancy Holt is tired of the health problems she and her neighbors in the Oak Grove community have experienced of late. Holt believes that sludge, also known as biosolids, sprayed on nearby farm fields is to blame. Holt has locally led efforts calling for increased oversight and investigation into just how safe the practice of using treated solid waste as fertilizer is.

City officials to use innovative planting method
Idaho State Journal, ID - 21 Mar 2004
It's an urban arborist's dilemma. Trees make a downtown shady and scenic, but their roots break up sidewalks. With help from the Pocatello Tree Commission, city officials believe they've found a solution. It's called structured soil.

Environmental and government groups tell gardeners to go native
Penn Live, PA - 21 Mar 2004
Nonnative plants in a back yard or flower bed may look lovely, like purple loosestrife, or smell divine, like the honeysuckle vine, but they can choke out wildflowers and other plants that are native to the area, said Susan Munch, an Albright College associate biology professor.

Residents want authority to power sewage pumps
Carlisle Sentinel, PA - 20 Mar 2004
Of 120 homes in the controversial South Mountain Estates project, 12 lie so low that they need pumps to move liquid waste from the tank to the main line. The residents have asked Cumberland Franklin Joint Municipal Authority to pay for the cost.

Fresh studies support new mass extinction theory
Environmental News Network - 19 Mar 2004
Fears that Earth is undergoing a mass species wipe-out similar to that which destroyed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago gained new ground Thursday with the publication of two British studies.

Can green space, southern loop co-exist?
Daily Times, TN - 18 Mar 2004
They talked about promoting a consolidated urban environment, preserving green space, promoting tourism, recruiting "clean industry,'' ensuring clean water and clean air and maintaining the quality of life of the region. So can the Southern Loop, a loosely planned bypass that would cut across the southern part of the county, be compatible with those progressive ideals?

Satellite imagery to help fight wildfires
Denver Business Journal, CO - 18 Mar 2004
Space Imaging Corp. said March 18 it is teaming with a Boulder fire management consulting company to offer a community fire hazards and risk assessment program to help firefighters and planners make better decisions.

New York may join growing number of states banning backyard trash burns
Environmental News Network - 17 Mar 2004
New York may join a growing number of states that ban the burning of household and farm trash in backyard barrels, as physicians and environmentalists argue the practice releases harmful toxins into the air.

Ecology restoration boosts region's economy, study finds
Sacramento Bee, CA - 17 Mar 2004
The study found that natural resources restoration work generated more than $65 million between 1995 and 2002 in the North Coast county - mostly from contracts and grants from state and federal agencies. It has spawned a complex, well-coordinated network of groups dedicated to reinvesting in ecosystem health, said Mark Baker, author of the 60-page report.

Goat project gets final OK
Payson Roundup, AZ - 16 Mar 2004
After a decades-long absence, goats will once again be grazing in the Tonto National Forest. Final approval has been granted to use the bearded herbivores to reduce fuel levels on 1,400 to 1,600 acres of forest land south and southeast of Payson.

Soaring sewer fees discourage growth
Belleville News-Democrat, IL - 15 Mar 2004
Exorbitant costs of connecting to the Caseyville Township sewer system are curbing growth in one of the fastest-growing commercial districts in the metro-east, local developers say.

Sigurd residents are fighting construction of a coal-fired power plant
Salt Lake Tribune, UT - 15 Mar 2004
"I don't want any part of it," said Bastian, a fourth-generation Sigurd resident who drives trucks for a nearby coal mine. "It'll pollute the air; it'll pollute my scenery; it'll pollute my nights."

Water pacts may affect growth
Raliegh News Observer, NC - 15 Mar 2004
A series of water and sewer system mergers with Raleigh is leaving the city in control of how fast some small Wake towns can grow in the future. Merger agreements with Garner and Rolesville include limits on how much more water they will receive each year, as does a draft agreement with Wake Forest. Officials in Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon expect similar deals.

Oregon makes its water count
The Oregonian, OR - 15 Mar 2004
While Oregon's population gained a quarter-million lawn-watering, car-washing and toilet-flushing residents in the late 1990s, the influx didn't prevent the state from curbing its total water use, which declined by 12 percent from 1995 to 2000.

Edge-ucation
Governing - 15 Mar 2004
The problem is that where schools go up development inevitably follows. This seems an obvious point, but it has been only within the past few years that the issue has taken wing around the country. Driven in part by concerns about stemming urban sprawl, in part by movements promoting smaller, neighborhood schools as antidotes to ailing educational quality, and in part by burgeoning concern over keeping community cores intact, many people are asking whether it makes sense to keep putting up large new schools on the edge of town.

Emory University Sees 'Green' Building as Good Investment
Miami Herald, FL - 15 Mar 2004
Emory spent an extra $570,000 to make its new Whitehead biomedical research building environmentally friendly, but the university expects to get that money back within six years.

Transit group wants to tie funds to sprawl
San Jose Mercury News, CA - 14 Mar 2004
Environmentalists and affordable-housing and transit advocates vowed Saturday to push for new rules that would force communities to curb sprawl if they want transportation dollars.

Conservation works: United States' water use is holding steady
Environmental News Network - 12 Mar 2004
Water use in the United States has been stable since the mid-1980s despite population growth, a sign that conservation works, researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey said Thursday. The country's water use totaled 408 billion gallons per day in 2000, the same as in 1990 and down from 440 billion gallons per day in 1980, the agency reported.

Study links race, pollution risk
Democrat and Chronicle, NY - 12 Mar 2004
Minority communities statewide are disproportionately affected by industrial pollution, according to Environmental Racism in New York State,' a study released Thursday by the Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, a statewide activist group. Neighborhoods that are 90 percent to 100 percent minority have 30 times the number of air pollution sources as neighborhoods that are predominantly white, the report said.

Low flows hurting water quality
Bend Bulletin, OR - 11 Mar 2004
Water quality in the Deschutes Basin could be improved by increasing the flow of water throughout the year and by controlling the amount of urban runoff pollution, according to three reports issued this month by the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council.

Water bills favor banning interbasin water transfers
Hartwell Sun, GA - 11 Mar 2004
As the struggle goes on to protect Georgia’s river basins, including the Savannah, from invasion by heavy water use areas such as Atlanta, Powell said he and McCall are working together on the issue.

New mercury warnings on south Alabama streams
Mobile Register, AL - 10 Mar 2004
New data from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management suggests widespread and intense mercury contamination in most freshwater rivers in the southern part of the state.

Judge says dairies must comply with federal, state clean-water laws
Sun-Sentinel, FL - 10 Mar 2004
Large dairies in Florida must apply for waste discharge permits to comply with state and federal clean water laws, and the state must more vigorously regulate the farms, a judge ruled.

State lets growth plan go forward
Miami Herald, FL - 10 Mar 2004
Environmentalists protest the state's decision to allow Monroe County to expand beyond its growth limits, saying more development will harm the fragile Florida Keys.

Objections to Lake Mary Ronan subdivision plentiful
Missoulian, MT - 9 Mar 2004
Wildlife biologists, water-quality experts and neighboring property owners have raised a host of objections to a proposed 28-lot residential subdivision on the shores of Lake Mary Ronan.

For Wildlife, Migration Is Endangered Too
New York Times, NY - 9 Mar 2004
Long-distance migrations are among the most spectacular displays of the animal kingdom. Wildlife are peripatetic for a reason to find more or better food at certain times of the year, to escape harsh weather or to bear young in a place with fewer predators. Around the world, many great overland migrations have ended as more and more habitat is converted to human use.

Colorado Faces New Divide: Deiced Roads vs. Ecosystems
New York Times, NY - 9 Mar 2004
Interstate 70 in the Rockies can be at its busiest in winter, when hordes of skiers from around the world join the daily tide of commuters and long-haul truckers climbing the Continental Divide. All of them expect the road to be free of ice. And that is creating an environmental problem that lasts far beyond winter.

Study: Triangle air to be 4th worst in country
Durham Herald-Sun, NC - 9 Mar 2004
A study released Tuesday says the Triangle is poised to have the fourth-worst air pollution per capita in the country from cars and trucks if new road construction is not slowed.

Neighbors file suit against DeCoster egg farms
MaineToday.com - 9 Mar 2004
Neighbors of the former DeCoster Egg Farm have filed a civil lawsuit claiming odors and flies coming from the farm have made them hostages in their own homes.

Florida Firms Cut Deals to Avoid Pollution Penalties
GreenBiz.com - 9 Mar 2004
Corporations that violate pollution laws in Florida are almost always able to negotiate their way out of paying fines, according to a new report by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

No Safe Arbor in the City
Los Angeles Times, CA - 8 Mar 2004
Trees are disappearing from urban areas. Most people don't realize the significance of the loss, but one man is fighting for a place in the shade.

Computers 'must be greener'
BBC News, United Kingdom - 8 Mar 2004
A study says making the average PC requires 10 times the weight of the product in chemicals and fossil fuels. Many of the chemicals are toxic, while the use of fossil fuels help contribute to global warming.

Various methods address issue of deer population
Montana Forum, MT - 5 Mar 2004
Some deer are spayed, most are shot. Others are hauled to the butcher; one city trucked 800 to Mexico. To control deer, communities across the country take different approaches.

Ecotourism takes a toll on wildlife
Environmental News Network - 4 Mar 2004
Ecotourism is taking its toll on wildlife and may be endangering the survival of the very animals people are flocking to see, according to researchers.

Second Thoughts on a Chemical: In Water, How Much Is Too Much?
New York Times, NY - 2 Mar 2004
The Defense Department and the Environmental Protection Agency have squared off in a continuing dispute over the danger from a widespread contaminant of groundwater. The contaminant is ammonium perchlorate, an additive that NASA and the Pentagon used for rocket fuel and munitions starting in the 1950's.

Monsanto and Pfizer could be facing fines
St Louis Post-Dispatch, MO - 1 Mar 2004
Environmental regulators, fed up with finger-pointing and legal wrangling over the cleanup of a toxic mess in Sauget, have given Pfizer Inc. and Monsanto Co. until today to say how they will deal with the matter.

Land Buy a Costly Lesson for State
Lakeland Ledger, FL - 1 Mar 2004
King marvels at the turnaround -- and the hard lessons Florida keeps learning about the price of failing to keep environmental protection in sync with growth.

Officials boost efforts to test water by landfills for toxins
Knoxville News, TN - 1 Mar 2004
State officials are stepping up efforts to monitor groundwater near closed landfills and urging people who live near the old landfills to have their water tested for toxic chemicals. So far, officials have inspected more than two dozen of the 116 landfills in the state without groundwater monitoring systems. The state plans to check all of them by the end of the year, Norman told The Tennessean newspaper.

Farmland cleanup a priority for city
Lawrence Journal World, KS - 1 Mar 2004
The Lawrence City Commission on Tuesday is expected to pass a resolution that would put developers of the defunct Farmland fertilizer plant on notice: They won't get city services if they develop the good parts of the property while leaving the public to pay for environmental cleanup on the rest of the site.

'New urbanism' offers alternative to sprawl
Rockford Register Star, IL - 1 Mar 2004
Washington Avenue is an example of 'new urbanism,' a concept strongly supported by Norquist, who was in town Sunday. He promotes developing neighborhoods that are walkable and hold a diversity of housing and jobs. In other words, it’s the antithesis of suburban sprawl and shopping malls surrounded by vast parking lots.