In a poll conducted this summer, broad support for Alabama’s state parks was demonstrated by likely voters of all ages, education levels, political preferences, and geographic areas. Eighty-nine percent of respondents said that funding for Alabama’s state parks should either increase or stay the same, and 67 percent say that Alabama does an excellent or good job of managing our parks. Just over a quarter of respondents say they visit state parks at least once a month.
Alabama Riverkeepers Respond to Latest Colonial Pipeline Disaster in Alabama
Alabama Riverkeepers completed a preliminary investigation of waterways surrounding the site of the latest Colonial pipeline accident near Helena, Alabama. Thanks to the rapid response of first responders, the Cahaba River and its tributaries were protected from gasoline spill impacts. This is the sixth incident in Alabama involving the Colonial pipeline in 2016.
Alabama citizens can now challenge decisions by the Alabama Surface Mining Commission without risking financial ruin. Thanks to the settlement of a lawsuit filed by Black Warrior Riverkeeper, a nonprofit clean water advocacy organization, citizens no longer risk the imposition of attorneys’ fees and costs when exercising their rights under the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (“SMCRA”).
Nine environmental groups have petitioned the Alabama Environmental Management Commission to adopt new or revised limits on toxic pollutants in surface waters. These limits are intended to protect human health and aquatic life.
In 1994, the Commission revised existing limits on toxic pollutants for the protection of human health based on a fish consumption study that demonstrated that Alabama anglers consume considerably more fish than most other Americans. The fish consumption rate accepted by the Commission was 30 g/day – a rate reflective of angler consumption of fish caught from reservoirs and tailwaters below dams. However, the study also indicates that the same anglers consume another 15 g/day of fish caught from rivers and lakes. Furthermore, the study does not account for any estuarine fish and shellfish consumption.
Alabama Has 10 Top Organizations Named in the James Beard Foundation and Food Tank’s Just Released New 2016 Good Food Org Guide
The third annual Good Food Org Guide identifies and celebrates 1,000 U.S.-based groups including 10 from Alabama who are cultivating a better food system
The James Beard Foundation (www.jamesbeard.org) and Food Tank (www.foodtank.com), along with a prestigious advisory group of more than 70 food system experts, developed the third annual Good Food Org Guide featuring 1000 food related organizations across the United States. Ten initiatives from Alabama were chosen including Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network, Feeding the Gulf Coast, Druid City Garden Project, E.A.T. South, Fairhope Local Food Production Initiative, Food Bank of Northern Alabama, Jones Valley Teaching Farm, Magic City Harvest, The REV Birmingham Urban Food Project, and Victory Teaching Farm.
Birmingham Public Library Receives Donation of 19 DVDs, Five Books of Cowspiracy, Acclaimed Documentary Promoting Vegan Lifestyle
A Decatur, Alabama woman has donated to the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) 19 copies of an acclaimed documentary DVD and five copies of its companion book that promotes a vegan lifestyle. People who are vegan don’t consume or use any animal products or by-products.
Jennifer “Auntie Jen” Roberts donated copies of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret to each of BPL’s 19 branches. Roberts also donated five copies of the film’s companion book, The Sustainability Secret, to the following BPL locations: Central, Springville Road, North Birmingham, Five Points West, and Avondale.