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Volkert, Inc. Announces the Formation of Volkert Global

Volkert, Inc. expands international presence

Volkert, Inc., a leading full service, multi-discipline engineering services firm, with a long and successful history of providing support for public and private infrastructure clients in the United States, is pleased to announce that it has formed a new entity, Volkert Global. Volkert Global will serve as an independent international affiliate for Volkert, Inc. and will further extend Volkert's ability to reach and serve their growing international client base.

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ADEM slow to report on fish kill at Southern Company’s subsidiary Alabama Power Gorgas Steam Plant

The fish kill is the largest one to date at Alabama Power's Gorgas Steam Plant

UPDATE June 27, 2016: Black Warrior Riverkeeper checked ADEM’s e-FILE system again, using the corrected Emergency Response Number (8673), and saw that while there was still not a completed report, there were some water sampling results posted. Two separate data sets available in ADEM’s initial documentation of the incident indicate that the discharge from the Gorgas Steam Plant to Baker’s Creek was the origin of poor quality water, extremely low in dissolved oxygen.  We asked ADEM some followup questions about the data sets and will post any updates here. For more updates click here.

It’s been more than a week and there has been no preliminary report on the fish kill at Alabama Power’s Gorgas Steam Plant on Baker Creek which feeds into Mulberry Fork and on to the Black Warrior River. Hundreds of dead fish were reported. Fish kills are not common, but also not unheard of near Southern Company’s subsidiary plant.

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On The Longest Solar Day Of The Year, AEC Harnesses The Power Of The Sun

The Alabama Environmental Council (AEC) Recycling Center, recently relocated to Avondale, is adding solar power to its offices in order to save energy, save costs, and educate the public about solar power in Alabama.The Alabama Environmental Council (AEC) Recycling Center, recently relocated to Avondale, is adding solar power to its offices in order to save energy, save costs, and educate the public about solar power in Alabama. Through the donation and installation by Eagle Solar and Light, electricity bills and environmental impacts will be reduced with a 1.5 kW photovoltaic system by LG.

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Suspicious Fish Kill on Mulberry Fork at Alabama Power's Gorgas Steam Plant

There has been a fish kill on the Black Warrior River on Mulberry Fork.

There has been a fish kill on the Black Warrior River on Mulberry Fork. Over 100 fish were floating on Mulberry Fork before 5 am on June 16. The location was next to Alabama Power's Gorgas Steam Plant. The actual fish kill is believed to have happened in Baker's Creek which feeds in the Black Warrior River via Mulberry Creek. The Gorgas Steam Plant sits and releases effluents into Baker's Creek regularly. However, the effluents are monitored and follow regulations, including the EPA's Clean Water Act.

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Two Students kayak from Tuscaloosa to Mobile to raise awareness for river conservation in Alabama

Two students from the University of Alabama, Chris Cochrane (Gadsden, Ala.) and Collin Williams (Nashville, Tenn.), recently completed a 340-mile paddling trip from Tuscaloosa to Mobile to raise awareness for river conservation efforts in Alabama, traveling down the Black Warrior River and Tombigbee River for 15 days.Two students from the University of Alabama, Chris Cochrane (Gadsden, Ala.) and Collin Williams (Nashville, Tenn.), recently completed a 340-mile paddling trip from Tuscaloosa to Mobile to raise awareness for river conservation efforts in Alabama, traveling down the Black Warrior River and Tombigbee River for 15 days.

Cochrane, a recent graduate of environmental science, and Williams, a marine science student, wanted to highlight the importance of freshwater conservation to Alabama’s ecosystem, which contains 38 percent of North America’s fish species and more species of freshwater fish, crayfish, mussels, turtles, and snails than any other state in the U.S.

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