Sunday, July 20, 2014

Donna and Kelly Mulhollan at Hobbs State Park next weekend

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From:  Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area
                                                                        Contact:  479-789-5000




Media Release
July   19, 2014
Musical Group - Still On the Hill - to Perform “Once A River” Songs at Hobbs State Park – Free to the Public
     An exciting project concerning Beaver Lake and its watershed is occurring in Northwest Arkansas.  The popular and award-winning folk duo, Still on the Hill, has written and recorded an entire CD of songs to create awareness of the lake’s history and collective stories.
     The project is being made possible through a collaborative grant from the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Arts, plus four northwest Arkansas groups – the Association for Beaver Lake Environment (A.B.L.E.), Ozarks Water Watch, Beaver Water District, and Beaver Watershed Alliance, with special additional sponsorship through the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. 
     Still on the Hill will perform 10 free concerts during 2014 in watershed communities, and will give away 100 CDs (one per family) at each performance on a first come, first served basis.  These concerts, in addition to being entertaining and educational, will instill a sense of ownership for the protection of this valuable resource which supplies drinking water and quality of life for one in seven Arkansans!  Mark your calendar.

Still On the Hill Plays “Once a River” songs at Hobbs State Park
Where: Hobbs State Park visitor center – located on Hwy 12 just east of the
              Hwy 12/War Eagle Road intersection.
When:  Saturday July 26   2:00 p.m.
Cost:   FREE – The public is invited
   For information on upcoming programs at Hobbs State Park, go to:  http://www.friendsofhobbs.com.

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Steve Chyrchel, Interpreter – CIG
Hobbs State Park – Conservation Area
20201 East Hwy 12
Rogers, Arkansas 72756
Phone:  479-789-5006
Fax:         479-789-2151

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Identifying two species of butterfly: Monarch and Viceroy appear superficially alike but have distinguishing marks when seen upclose and their caterpillars must eat very different species of plants

Aubrey James Shepherd and John Ross Rule discuss similarity and differences of Monarch and Viceroy butterflies in slide show recorded to video on 7 July 2014.
Also appearing on Fayetteville, Arkansas, public TV 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday and at 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday the week of July 13-18, 2014.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Please comment on proposed New hog farms on Buffalo River ASAP


PROTECT THE BUFFALO NATIONAL RIVER!
Call for Public Comments

The Ozark Society and the Arkansas Public Policy Panel need your help to ban new medium and large confined swine operations in the Buffalo National River watershed.
You can make oral comments at a public meeting to be held, tomorrow June 17, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Durand Conference Center, Room A, North Arkansas College, 303 N. Main St., Harrison AR 72601.  You may also deliver your written comments at this meeting.

Written comments will be accepted until  July 1, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. and should be addressed to Mr. Doug Szenher, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Public Outreach and Assistance Division, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118 or by e-mail to
 reg-comment@adeq.state.ar.us 
 We encourage you to voice your personal reasons you want to protect the Buffalo River. Here are a few reasons to support these changes:
PROTECTING WATER QUALITY:
•       The pristine and treasured waters of the Buffalo are at risk of contamination from multiple sources including leakage from waste holding ponds, run-off, and flooding.
•       A catastrophic failure of a hog waste pond would create irreversible damage to the aquatic life of the Buffalo and downstream in the White River. In North Carolina in 1995, due to heavy rains the dike around an 8-acre hog waste pond failed, spilling 26 million gallons of manure into the New River.  The spill killed 10 million fish and closed 364,000 acres of coastal wetlands to shell fishing. 

PROTECTING JOBS AND BOOSTING THE ECONOMY:

•       The Buffalo River is an extremely valuable piece of Arkansas’s tourism engine.  Tourism in the Natural State in 2012 accounted for a $5.76 billion positive economic impact and employed 58,452 people.
•       In 2012, the Buffalo National River attracted 1,093,083 visitors who spent $43.78 million in communities surrounding the river.  Direct spending from visitors to the Buffalo employed 610 people in 2012.

PROTECTING PUBLIC HEALTH:
•       Aside from the obvious unpleasant odors, the gasses emitted from hog farms are toxic and contribute to greenhouse gas pollution.  Entrained fecal bacteria and other pathogens can be carried by the winds to local residences, schools, and towns. 
 •       The Arkansas Department of Health has expressed concerns that water-borne bacteria and parasites from the proposed land application sites may pose a risk for body contact in the Buffalo River.

UNDERSTANDING GEOLOGY
•       Due to the porous topography of the Buffalo River watershed, the area is not suited for waste ponds or land application of hog wastes allowed by current regulations, as the risk of transporting nutrients, bacteria, and other pollutants to the Buffalo River is too great.

Contacts for further information:
Ozark Society:  Bob Cross, racross@uark.edu
Arkansas Public Policy Panel:  Anna Weeks, annaw@arpanel.org

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

St. Louis, Missouri, officially sanctions butterfly gardens with variety of species of milkweed to support dwindling population of Monarch butterflies

Milkweeds for Monarchs Initiative Update

The St. Louis Butterfly Project
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Published: 04-22-2014

Update 6.4.2014

The Milkweeds for Monarchs Initiative is underway.  Mayor Slay has committed to the City planting 50 monarch gardens, and is challenging the community to plant an additional 200 monarch gardens in 2014 to commemorate the City's 250th birthday year.

The City has created an online registration. Once your Milkweeds for Monarchs garden is planted, register your garden with us so we can track our progress toward the goal. Your personal information will not be displayed.  Registered gardens will appear on the Milkweed for Monarchs Map.

There are a variety of plants that will make your garden a success for attracting Monarchs. In partnership with community plant and butterfly experts, the City has created a STL Monarch Mix Brochure to serve as a reference in establishing your monarch garden. These plants have been carefully selected to provide the best combination of features for the butterflies and your personal enjoyment. These varieties were chosen to flower at different times of the growing season, offering seasonal color and important butterfly food and nectar sources.

The STL Monarch Mix consist of: (Photos courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden and Monarch Watch)

Whorled-Milkweed Common-Milkweed  

Swamp-Marsh-Milkweed Purple-Coneflower

New-England-Aster Bee-Balm-Bergamot

Goldenrod Butterfly-Weed


Original Post:

Famous for their remarkable annual migrations between Mexico and Canada, monarch butterflies are important participants in pollinating plants in our ecosystem. Yet, their population has declined 90 percent over the last two decades. Female monarchs depend on milkweed to lay their eggs and feed their caterpillar larvae. While other flower species can serve as nectar sources for butterflies, only milkweeds play host to monarch caterpillars enabling the monarch population to grow.
In honor of this year's Earth Day, Mayor Slay announced a new City sustainability initiative called 'Milkweeds for Monarchs.'
Mayor-planting-milkweeds"The goal of this project is to both increase the dwindling monarch butterfly population and to better connect people and urban nature," said Slay.
Mayor Slay has committed to the City planting 50 monarch gardens, and is challenging the community to plant an additional 200 monarch gardens in 2014 to commemorate the City's 250th birthday year.
"I will be planting one at City Hall and in my own yard at home. But, I'd like to see these butterfly gardens everywhere. They can go in your neighborhood's community garden, in front of your business or in your own yard," said Slay.
Access to nature can reduce stress and anxieties, nourishes the imagination, and provide important learning opportunities. STL Milkweeds for Monarchs also aligns with the City's Sustainable Neighborhood Initiative. Creating monarch gardens is also an opportunity to enhance a community's sense of place and to build relationships between neighbors.
In partnership with community plant and butterfly experts, the City has created a STL Monarch Mix Brochure to serve as a reference in establishing your monarch garden. These plants have been carefully selected to provide the best combination of features for the butterflies and your personal enjoyment. These varieties were chosen to flower at different times of the growing season, offering seasonal color and important butterfly food and nectar sources.
For updated information on the STL Milkweeds for Monarchs initiative and to receive recognition for creating a monarch garden, please visit stlouis-mo.gov/sustainability.

Monday, June 9, 2014

ADEQ and and Arkansas Public Service Commission offer stakeholders meeting open to public on June 25, 2014

FOR RELEASE: June 9, 2014
Stakeholders group to meet on proposed carbon pollution reduction rule
The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) will hold a stakeholders’ meeting on June 25 to explore options for complying with the newly proposed federal air rule regulating carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.
The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at ADEQ, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 2 issued its Clean Power Plan proposal, which for the first time regulates carbon pollution from existing power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.  EPA plans to finalize the rule by June 1, 2015. States must submit their implementation plans – which can include a mix of options including efficiency improvements at existing power plants, energy efficiency on the part of customers, renewable energy and more -- to EPA by June 30, 2016. In some cases, extensions may be allowed.
“We’re glad EPA is giving states flexibility to develop their own plans to achieve the required emissions reductions,” said ADEQ Director Teresa Marks. “We realize this will take a lot of work and we look forward to starting the stakeholder process. Our stakeholders really represent a broad swath of Arkansas from environmental and health groups to industry representatives and state agencies.”
            Representatives from the following groups, selected by Marks and APSC Chairman Colette D. Honorable, will serve as stakeholders:
1.  Entergy Arkansas, Inc.
2.  Southwestern Electric Power Company
3.  Oklahoma Gas & Electric
4.  Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas
5.  Plum Point Energy Associates
6.  Union Power Station- Entegra Power Group, LLC
7.  North Little Rock Electric
8.  Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.
9.  Southwest Power Pool
10.  CenterPoint Energy Arkansas Gas
11.  Arkansas Advanced Energy Association
12.  Arkansas Electric Energy Consumers
13.  Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce
14.  Arkansas Environmental Federation
15.  Sierra Club
16.  Audubon Arkansas
17.  Arkansas Department of Health
18.  Arkansas Attorney General’s Office
19.  Arkansas Energy Office
20.  Arkansas Municipal League
21. Arkansas Public Policy Panel
The group will develop recommendations for Arkansas’ statewide implementation plan. The group is expected to meet every other month through June 2015 and possibly more frequently after that date.
Meetings will be announced through news releases and will be posted on ADEQ’s website. Information on the first stakeholders meeting, held on May 28, can be found online athttp://www.adeq.state.ar.us/air/branch_planning/carbon_pollution.htm or by clicking on Carbon Pollution Standards for Power Sector under the Hot Topics column on ADEQ’s website: www.adeq.state.adeq.ar.us. The page also includes information on the proposed rule and a listserv those interested can subscribe to for updates on the process.
More information, including a copy of the proposed rule, is also available on EPA’s website athttp://www2.epa.gov/carbon-pollution-standards.
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Friday, May 23, 2014

Any 'hay fields' owned by the state's first and maybe still ONLY Certified Wildlife Community should be mowed once in the winter ONLY and never during late spring or summer or fall in order to allow the native plants to overtake fescue and Johnson grass and other cool weather species of grass

  • Bid 14-33, Hay Fields for Lease - Parks and Recreation

    Deadline: Wednesday, June 11, 2014, before 2:00 PM, local time, Room 306 in City Hall

    Description:  The City of Fayetteville, AR is accepting sealed bids to cut, bale, and remove hay on Park land as listed in the specifications.  Any questions should be directed to Andrea Foren at 479-575-8220 or aforen@fayetteville-ar.gov.

    To obtain bidding documents:  Bid documents may be obtained by e-mailing Andrea Foren ataforen@fayetteville-ar.gov with company name, primary contact, phone number, fax number, e-mail address, and company address.