The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) has approved a new waterway classification system that some environmentalists say will allow more water pollution. Florida previously had five waterway classifications that ranged from drinking water supplies (Class I) to utility and industrial use (Class V). Most waterways have been designated as Class III for fishing and swimming. But the state Environmental Regulation Commission in 2010 approved an additional "Class III Limited" category that provides water quality for only limited recreation and limited populations of fish and wildlife. The US EPA approved the new classification system on September 6, 2011. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection said the new category recognizes that some ditches and altered waterways cannot meet the conditions of a natural water body. The new classification was created so that local governments are not required to spend millions of dollars to improve water quality in ditches and canals.
Cox Enterprises announces a new website for Cox Conserves, the company’s national sustainability program. CoxConserves.com is easy to navigate and has detailed information about the company’s operational projects, including what they’re doing with alternative energy and energy conservation, an eco-friendly fleet, water conservation and waste management.
The new website also highlight Cox’s community partnerships and sponsorships.Launched in 2007, Cox Conserves seeks to reduce Cox Enterprises’ energy consumption by embracing renewable forms of energy, conserving natural resources and inspiring eco-friendly behavior. The program engages each of the company’s major subsidiaries (Cox Communications, Manheim, Cox Media Group and AutoTrader.com) and encourages Cox Enterprises’ 60,000 employees and their families to engage in eco-friendly practices.
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UCR received a Hotline call this week from a Cobb County homeowner who noticed a grey tinge to the stream in her backyard along with numerous dead fish. Our technical programs director, Jason Ulseth, met the homeowner and conducted water tests, which revealed a high level of untreated sewage in the stream. They walked upstream and found the source of the sewage, an overflowing manhole discharging directly into the stream (see photo). Cobb County was immediately notified and the spill was stopped within an hour. The sewer line had became clogged with grease and other debris, a common problem in the metro area. Thanks to this observant homeowner, the problem was quickly found and rectified.
If you notice a problem with your neighborhood streams, please contact Jason for assistance at (404) 352-9828 x16 or report a problem online here. iPhone users can also report a problem from their phone using UCR's app (click here).
Below is a list of Florida Christmas tree growers who are members of the Florida Christmas Tree Association. Many offer potted trees, pre-cut trees, and choose-and-cut trees. Some also offer wreaths, arts and crafts, gifts, and onsite family activities such as hay rides. Call ahead to confirm dates and hours of operation, and availability.