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World Water Day: California Students March for Water

Article: World Water Day: California Students March for Water

LOS ANGELES, California, March 19, 2009 (ENS) – In observance of World Water Day on March 22, hundreds of students from Los Angeles schools will join activists and concerned residents for a community March for Water to increase public awareness of the water crisis in California and around the world. The march begins at LA…

New York City Prepares for Higher Temperatures, Rising Sea Levels

Article: New York City Prepares for Higher Temperatures, Rising Sea Levels

NEW YORK, New York, February 18, 2009 (ENS) – As a low-lying coastal city, New York will face higher temperatures and more rapidly rising sea levels, as well as more frequent and intense extreme weather events – like heat waves, heavy rainstorms, and coastal flooding – over the course of the century as a result…

New York City's Smaller Wetlands Remain Unprotected

Article: New York City's Smaller Wetlands Remain Unprotected

NEW YORK, New York, February 2, 2009 (ENS) – It’s hard to image standing in midtown Manhattan, but wetlands do exist within New York City, and they both protect the city and need protection themselves, according to a report released Friday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “Many New Yorkers don’t realize there are thousands of acres…

New Jersey Seeks Public Input on Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases

Article: New Jersey Seeks Public Input on Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases

TRENTON, New Jersey, December 18, 2008 (ENS) – New Jersey environmental officials have released a proposal to reduce the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Mauriello has invited the public to comment on the recommendations outlined in a draft report published on the state’s Global Warming website. “While this plan…

Florida Forever Acquisition Protects Fresh, Pure Spring

Article: Florida Forever Acquisition Protects Fresh, Pure Spring

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, November 20, 2008 (ENS) – Governor Charlie Crist and Cabinet today approved the purchase of 54.74 acres of land bordering the Natural Bridge Historic State Park in Leon County about 10 miles south of Tallahassee. This Florida Forever purchase protects Natural Bridge Springs – one of Florida’s 33 First Magnitude Springs – those…

New York Gets Tough on Smoking Diesel Trucks, Buses

Article: New York Gets Tough on Smoking Diesel Trucks, Buses

NEW YORK, New York, November 11, 2008 (ENS) – Diesel trucks spewing plumes of visible exhaust and idling too long in violation of New York air regulations are the targets of a new long-term enforcement strategy aimed at protecting public health. Under the plan, Department of Environmental Conservation personnel will carry out regular but unannounced…

Florida Attempts Recycling of Campaign Signs

Article: Florida Attempts Recycling of Campaign Signs

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, October 20, 2008 (ENS) – As early voting begins in Florida for the November 4 general election, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is encouraging candidates for political office and citizens to recycle campaign signs at the end of the election process. Recycling paper materials like campaign signs keeps waste out of landfills…

New Jersey to Develop First East Coast Offshore Wind Farm

Article: New Jersey to Develop First East Coast Offshore Wind Farm

NEWARK, New Jersey, October 15, 2008 (ENS) – Garden State Offshore Energy has won a $4 million grant from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities to develop what will be the first offshore wind farm on the East Coast. It will be located southeast of Atlantic City, at least 16 miles off the coast.…

Damping Down High Heating Costs With Conservation

Article: Damping Down High Heating Costs With Conservation

WASHINGTON, DC, October 7, 2008 (ENS) – Heating costs this winter are expected to go through the roof, according to the federal Energy Information Agency, but residents can keep more of the warmth inside by inspecting home heating equipment now and by following simple, effective energy conservation measures, Average household expenditures for all space-heating fuels…

Florida Property Owners Must Allow Beach Nourishment

Article: Florida Property Owners Must Allow Beach Nourishment

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, September 30, 2008 (ENS) – After four years of legal battles, the Florida Supreme Court has ruled that beach nourishment does not infringe on the rights of property owners along the beaches of Destin in Walton County. Located along the panhandle in Northwest Florida, the county has 26 miles of white sandy beaches.…

Pennsylvania Invites Public Input on State Water Plan

Article: Pennsylvania Invites Public Input on State Water Plan

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, September 3, 2008 (ENS) – Pennsylvanians will have a chance to provide input on how the commonwealth manages its water resources during a series of public meetings to be held across the state this month. The Department of Environmental Protection, along with members of six regional water resources committees, will accept testimony on…

Radioactivity, Arsenic Contaminate New Jersey Drinking Water

Article: Radioactivity, Arsenic Contaminate New Jersey Drinking Water

TRENTON, New Jersey, August 28, 2008 (ENS) – Tens of thousands of New Jersey residents are drinking polluted water from private wells, according to a new state report, and radioactive contamination is the most common violation of state standards. The new report from the state Private Well Testing Act Program covers the five-year period from…

Connecticut Honors Community Actions to Fight Climate Change

Article: Connecticut Honors Community Actions to Fight Climate Change

HARTFORD, Connecticut, May 30, 2008 (ENS) – Governor M. Jodi Rell has recognized seven individuals and organizations with awards from the Governor’s Steering Committee on Climate Change. Governor Rell said, “Connecticut has been a leader in addressing climate change by putting strong programs in place to reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors of…

Boston's Charles River Cleaner Now Than Ever

Article: Boston's Charles River Cleaner Now Than Ever

BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 28, 2008 (ENS) – The Charles River now has the best water quality for boating and swimming since the intensive Clean Charles Initiative began in 1995, federal and state environment officials said Friday. However, there still is growing concern about elevated levels of nutrients from stormwater runoff, especially phosphorus. The U.S. Environmental…

New Jersey Seeks to Outsource Pollution Cleanups

Article: New Jersey Seeks to Outsource Pollution Cleanups

TRENTON, New Jersey, April 15, 2008 (ENS) – Pre-empting legislative debate and the work of its own newly convened task force, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection will privatize pollution control and deregulate toxic cleanups, according to statements by the agency’s top official. This decision will jeopardize public health protections and further enmesh the…

Florida Asks Citizens to Report Environmental Crime

Article: Florida Asks Citizens to Report Environmental Crime

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, april 14, 2008 (ENS) – Public outreach and education will help increase awareness of environmental crimes, and when people are aware of such crimes, they will report them to law enforcement authorities, according to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, DEP. The state agency intends to encourage this type of reporting by participating…

Pennsylvania's Peregrine FalconCam Goes Live Today

Article: Pennsylvania's Peregrine FalconCam Goes Live Today

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, March 21, 2008 (ENS) – The story of two peregrine falcons that have nested on the ledge of Harrisburg’s Rachel Carson State Office Building since 2005 will continue this year before a worldwide audience now that the webcams that broadcast their experiences are live online. Two cameras will chronicle the falcons while streaming…

Environmental Issues Resolved at Flight 93 Memorial Site

Article: Environmental Issues Resolved at Flight 93 Memorial Site

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, March 18, 2008 (ENS) – An agreement announced today by the Department of Environmental Protection, PBS Coal Inc. and the Families of Flight 93 answers the question of how to permanently treat water that is draining from the Flight 93 crash site in Somerset County. On September 11, 2001, Flight 93, a United…

Three Florida Agencies Boost Recycling in State Buildings

Article: Three Florida Agencies Boost Recycling in State Buildings

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, February 23, 2008 (ENS) – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Florida Department of Management Services have found ways to jointly enhance recycling opportunities in state office buildings as well as provide employment opportunities. As a pilot effort, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Bob Martinez…

Online Tool Pinpoints Sand for Florida Beach Restoration

Article: Online Tool Pinpoints Sand for Florida Beach Restoration

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, February 12, 2008 (ENS) – Florida today debuted the first database in the country that identifies sand sources for beach restoration and nourishment projects. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, DEP, has compiled a comprehensive on-line tool for identifying suitable sand sources from Florida’s coastal waters. “With this new database, both the state…

New Jersey Stream Buffers Cut Back by Senior Environmental Official

Article: New Jersey Stream Buffers Cut Back by Senior Environmental Official

TRENTON, New Jersey, February 10, 2008 (ENS) – The commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has revoked her own order issued little more than a year ago protecting stream buffers. These strips of grass, shrubs, and trees beside streams provide cooling shade and act to remove pollutants in urban stormwater, reduce erosion…

Turning Contaminated Properties into Shopping Centers

Article: Turning Contaminated Properties into Shopping Centers

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, February 4, 2008 (ENS) – Philadelphia will host redevelopers of contaminated properties on February 12 when the Northeast Brownfields Development Forum comes to the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel. Billed as an educational and deal making event, owners of contaminated properties are welcome to attend the brownfield redevelopment and property transaction forum. The one day…

Florida Stakeholders to Advise Energy and Climate Change Team

Article: Florida Stakeholders to Advise Energy and Climate Change Team

TALLAHASSEE, Florida, February 2, 2008 (ENS) – A team charged with developing a plan to achieve targets for statewide greenhouse gas reductions for Florida convened Friday to begin developing Phase Two of the plan with the help of stakeholders arrayed in six technical work groups. The Phase One report and recommendations were delivered to Governor…

Pennsylvania Hospital Found Throwing Medical Waste in Landfills

Article: Pennsylvania Hospital Found Throwing Medical Waste in Landfills

WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania, January 25, 2008 (ENS) – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection today fined the Pocono Medical Center $100,000 for illegally disposing and managing infectious and chemotherapeutic waste in 2006. Pocono Medical Center is an acute-care, not-for-profit community hospital in in East Stroudsburg, Monroe County. “The medical center was not following procedures for separating…

New Jersey Brownfields Funded to Go Green

Article: New Jersey Brownfields Funded to Go Green

TRENTON, New Jersey, January 25, 2008 (ENS) – A once-thriving industrial port along the Delaware River in Gloucester City is about to be changed from a blighted area into an environmentally sustainable development, the state of New Jersey announced today. An area of old landfills in Bellmawr, a former center of fertilizer production in Carteret,…