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    No-kill shelter hoping for an early Christmas - November 27, 2014 by admin

    A long-awaited project is about to come to fruition as Symphony Animal Foundation is hoping to be open by Christmas.

    Founder Laraine Harper said if Wulfenstein Construction paves the parking lot this week, as is scheduled, shell be ready for the final inspections and getting her certificate of occupancy.

    The project began five years ago when Harper filed for a nonprofit status. The idea for a no-kill shelter is a result of the loss of her two beloved St. Bernards.

    Im so thankful to have had them in my life and I want this shelter to be a tribute to them, Harper said. I loved them so much.

    She said age and illness catches up quickly to larger breeds and if they live eight to 10 years, they have lived a long life.

    After her nonprofit status was approved, Harper went before the County Commission to ask for a parcel of land the foundation could lease. Commissioners offered her two acres off of Siri Lane on a two-year lease but were going to require approximately two blocks of street to be paved.

    There were other issues, including the astronomical cost of bringing water, sewer and power to the property.

    I dont have that kind of money, Harper said.

    She consulted with whom she calls the smartest man alive and her mentor, Ray Wulfenstein. Ray told me it was impossible.

    Harper had three 24 x 60 double-wide trailer shells donated to her by Nye County Emergency Services several years ago when the project seemed to be spinning its wheels. The original buildings were donated to the emergency services by the Nye County School District to use as offices. It donated the remaining three to her foundation.

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    OCCHIPINTI: A conservation agenda for Michigans governor - November 21, 2014 by admin

    Conservation issues are one area where the governor and state legislators could bring Michiganders back together.

    Michiganders are in love with their state. We love our Great Lakes, dunes, forests, rivers, fields and inland lakes. Our sense of identity is tied to our favorite natural places. With that spirit in mind, here are few issues that together would constitute a strong conservation agenda, grow the economy, and unite Michiganders behind a shared sense of place and love for Michigans outdoors.

    (1) Increase recycling, reduce littering and waste. Michiganders pay to bury and burn an estimated $435 million of recyclable materials every year, and then we pay to manage landfills after theyre closed. We recycle only about 14.5 percent of our solid waste stream, and only 25 of Michigans 83 counties have convenient access to recycling. The governor wants all Michiganders to gain access to recycling by 2018 and for Michigan to double its recycling rate to about 30 percent. That would represent a significant achievement and would represent a great start. Michigan should shoot to match or surpass high-performing states like Missouri, California, Washington and Oregon, which recycle 50 percent of their solid waste.

    (2) Improve local infrastructure and water quality. Leaky septic tanks, municipal and agricultural stormwater runoff, and combined, overflowing and degraded sewer systems are just a few of the major infrastructure issues plaguing Michigans water quality. These problems reached a very visible climax last summer as algal blooms in Lake Erie grew so bad that citizens in Canada and Ohio, including the City of Toledo, were instructed not to drink or recreate in the water. Agricultural phosphorous is the likely culprit in that case, but nutrient sources and stormwater pollution precipitate from cities and suburbs as well.

    (3) Learn more about micro-plastics and marine debris in the Great Lakes. An emerging water quality issue that would draw broad, statewide support is reducing marine debris and micro-plastics in the Great Lakes. A recent study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin revealed tiny plastic particles floating throughout the surface water of the Great Lakes, and early evidence points to its consumption by fish. Right now, there are more questions than answers. How does plastic enter the Great Lakes? What types of plastic products are of greatest concern? How does it move around? To what extent does it naturally degrade and what ecological harms does it pose? Michigan has an opportunity to take regional leadership on this issue. Working with local and regional stakeholders, NOAA has outlined a Marine Debris Action Plan for the Great Lakes. With minimal investment, the state could help fund scientific research outlined in this plan to fill critical knowledge gaps. The governor can also support and collaborate with planning efforts coordinating policy and programming responses to prevent and reduce marine debris.

    (4) Increase utilization of clean, renewable and efficient energy. Energy efficiency is the cleanest, cheapest and most quickly deployed source of energy available to Michiganders. Everyone from the Christian Coalition to the Sierra Club to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce agrees. In fact, the chamber wrote a letter to President Obama and Congress saying, The best source of new energy is the energy we can save every day. We must expand the suite of voluntary programs, mandates and fiscal incentives for greater benefits of energy efficiency. The governor agrees, calling energy efficiency the best example of a no-regrets policy Michigan can have. It makes (energy) more reliable, more affordable and protects our environment. According to the Michigan Public Service Commission, the cost of energy efficiency is about $11 per megawatt-hour. For context, the price of new coal is estimated at $107 per megawatt-hour, and renewables average about $78 per megawatt-hour in Michigan. Unfortunately, Michigans renewable energy and energy-efficiency laws are set to lose their punch as they plateau in 2015. The laws were enacted with bipartisan support in 2008, and there is bipartisan support to extend and strengthen them. Accomplishing this will bring leaders and citizens together in forging a clean, affordable and reliable energy future for Michigan.

    (5) Protect and restore public lands and natural spaces. The DNR recently awarded Deer Habitat Improvement Grants for projects designed to produce tangible deer habitat improvement. The DNR knows that deer and herd health improve with more and higher quality habitat. Hunters complain of increasingly limited quality habitat for game species a stunning development given Michigans once mighty forests and natural spaces. Of course, its not just game species that are suffering. Michigans natural areas and public lands are under pressure from climate change, exotic species, sprawling development, mineral, oil and gas, and timber extraction.

    Extractive interests represent a real economic good for many Michiganders, but these uses must be balanced with hunting, fishing, recreational and ecosystem services. The DNRs Public Land Management Strategy recognizes that public lands play a critical role in providing ecosystem goods and services such as air pollution removal, water quality protection and storm water management.

    And the strategy cites an analysis from the State of New York that, for every $1 invested in securing public ownership of lands, $7 was returned in goods and services. Unfortunately, the strategy does not offer a concrete strategy for incorporating these values into decision-making.

    Its easy to understand how much revenue a barrel of oil generates; its much more difficult to value the damages avoided by flood water retention of the local wetland but that value isnt any less real. Elected officials and citizens alike need to better understand these economic values, and the state needs tools to evaluate and include them. The governor should work to establish administrative processes that quantify the value that ecosystem services in order to more fairly weigh and balance them with other uses.

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    Indianapolis Sewer and Drain Cleaning – Macs Septic Service - November 16, 2014 by admin

    For blocked sewer pipes and drainage systems, turn to Mac's Septic Service in Indianapolis for professional drain and sewer cleaning. If your property uses the city sewer and your line becomes obstructed, our technicians will inspect the main sewage pipe to locate the source. With video camera equipment, we can verify whether or not the drain is corroded, damaged or both.

    Depending on the blockage location and cause, we use a variety of sewer cleanout tools, such as a professional sewer snake and jetting equipment. In some cases, tree roots that have penetrated the inner walls from surrounding soil must be cut in order to inhibit further growth that can cause a major sewage backup.

    If you have clogged drains leading to slow draining sinks and tubs, contact Mac's Septic Service for solutions. Over time, soap, grease, hair, and food can accumulate inside your pipes and prevent water from moving freely. Our technicians will thoroughly clean out your drains and remove any items that may be lodged. Typically, a rooter, drain snake or auger is enough to accomplish the task. For tougher drain problems, we'll apply high-pressure jetting to free large obstructions.

    Whether you have a clogged kitchen or shower drain or a main sewer line blockage, the specialists at Mac's Septic Service are standing by to assist you. Any type of issue that restricts water drainage can be a huge inconvenience, which is why we offer fast response. You'll find our prices to be very competitive, and our technicians are helpful and knowledgeable. To learn more about our drain cleaning service, please give us a call at 317-257-7867. We proudly serve Indianapolis, Brownsburg, Carmel, Noblesville and Zionsville.

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    Agreement between sewer authorities key to Pucketa Creek watershed woes - November 13, 2014 by admin

    Trapped between two municipalities, two sewer authorities, the state Department of Environmental Protection and Pucketa Creek, about 35 property owners in northern Murrysville may see a resolution to their long-standing sanitary sewer problems, if the various agencies work together.

    At last weeks council meeting, chief administrator Jim Morrison told council that some properties along Pucketa Creek on Greensburg Road/Route 366 have a problem because they cannot tap into the nearby sanitary sewer line, which is across the creek in Washington Township.

    The sewer line is owned by the Municipal Authority of Washington Township, and sewerage is pumped to the Kiski treatment plant in Vandergrift. Murrysville residents are served by the Franklin Township Municipal Sewer Authority and there is no service agreement that allows Washington Township to serve Murrysville.

    As a result, homeowners with failing septic systems have nowhere to turn.

    Unable to sell his house because the septic system was discharging sewerage in the creek, Jim Copal of Greensburg Road said he appealed to the DEP for assistance. Last month, the agency consented to allow Mr. Copal to connect to the sewer line, provided both sewer authorities and both municipal governments agree.

    In a letter dated Oct. 3, Jack Crislip, a clean water specialist for the DEP, acknowledged that all four of the responsible entities have preliminarily agreed to allow Mr. Copal to connect to the Washington authoritys sewer. However, DEP recommended that the municipalities revise their respective Act 537 plans to address the needs of all homes in the Pucketa Creek watershed. All municipalities in the state are required to submit an Act 537 plan to the state DEP, defining how the municipality handles sewage within its borders. The municipality is responsible to ensure that no sewage facilities, public or private, pollute any waters.

    As part of the process, DEP has recommended that a study be done todetermine the capacity of the Kiski treatment plant,identify homes with malfunctions,perform a cost analysis of an alternative solution and do an environmental impact assessment.

    Mr. Morrison estimated that the cost of the study would be between $25,000 and $50,000.

    There has been an ongoing, and at times contentious, dialogue among Murrysville, Franklin and Washiington authorities about the Pucketa Creek watershed. To service homes in this area, the Franklin authority historically preferred to build a new 3-mile-long gravity feed line that would connect to the New Kensington treatment plant. According to Franklin authority manager James Brucker, reaching an agreement between the two sewer authorities is the problem.

    Ive tried. I spent probably $20,000 in attorneys fees to get this done, Mr. Brucker said. Ive offered them anything they want, with one caveat: that if we ever get a line in to service the area, then those customers would come back into our system. The hang up is in Washington Township.

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    I-Team investigation: Lake Erie algae blooms and the ghost of the river burning - November 12, 2014 by admin

    CLEVELAND Its taken 45 years, but the jokes about the river burning in Cleveland have faded.

    Now they cant be replaced by jokes about Lake Erie being the only great lake where you cant drink the water.

    We dont want to be the butt of late night comedians again, says Rep. Dave Hall, the Republican chairman of the Ohio House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

    Hall, whose district stretches from Millersburg north to Brunswick, says the first concern is public safety, and the second is an image problem that can impede economic development in a region that appears poised on the brink of a comeback.

    Halls committee will hold hearings to look at what to do to prevent a repeat of what happened last summer in Toledo.

    For an entire weekend, close to half a million people living in and near Toledo couldnt drink their water for fear that an algae bloom on Lake Erie had rendered it toxic.

    The concern was over a bloom that produced microcystin a toxin that in too high of amounts can lead to liver and stomach problems.

    Julius Ciaccia, Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, warns that without change, the region is doing worse than playing with fire its playing with its source of drinking water.

    (The blooms) will come again, just like the river burned, he says.

    There are three main sources of the pollution that leads to the blooms: storm water overflows, faulty septic systems, and farm fertilizer runoff.

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    Sewage leaks from lift station across Farmington field into Animas River - November 11, 2014 by admin

    Riley Industrial worker Jorge Acero, on Monday hooks up a hose to drain a pond off Murray Drive east of the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Farmington. The pond was contaminated with raw sewage. (Alexa Rogals The Daily Times)

    FARMINGTON A pumping station malfunctioned Sunday morning in Farmington allowing raw sewage to seep across a field and into a pond connected to the Animas River, which already exceeds state standards for a bacterium associated with human waste.

    Public Works Director David Sypher said the sewage, diluted after washing more than 600 feet across the field, reached the river, "and that's why we're pumping out the pond."

    Assistant City Manager Bob Campbell said Wednesday afternoon he expected the pond to be pumped dry and refilled with clean water by the end of the day. The field was disinfected on Sunday, he said.

    City officials alerted down-stream river users on Sunday, he said.

    Officials are uncertain how much waste leaked into the river.

    "They are still trying to determine that number," said Jeff Smaka, city water and wastewater administrator.

    What officials do know is two of the three pumps at the facility malfunctioned sometime Sunday morning. They are still trying to determine the timeline, Smaka said.

    Pump stations are built in valleys and other depressions where gravity can't pull sewage downhill. The lift stations pump the waste up hill, where it can begin flowing down again.

    When the first pump in the station off Murray Drive stopped working because of an electrical failure the second pump should have switched on, but it didn't. Smaka doesn't know for certain why, but he thinks scum could have interfered with a float, preventing it from turning on and sounding an alarm.

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    Cedar Point, Onwasa discuss sewer service - November 6, 2014 by admin


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    The town of Cedar Point and the Onslow Water and Sewer Authority are engaged in early but serious talks about extending sewer service to the town from Swansboro.

    Billy Joe Farmer, executive director of the Onslow utility company, and Jim Allen, a Swansboro commissioner who is on the ONWASA board of directors, met with the Cedar Point Board of Commissioners and Town Administrator Chris Seaberg during a work session in town hall on Oct. 23.

    According to all three men, the talks were informative and productive, and Seaberg said the next step for the town board is to decide whether to amend and/or expand a 2012 sewer feasibility study done for the town by The Wooten Company.

    Seaberg, Allen and Farmer all said there is a long way to go before the discussion could bear fruit. Farmer, for example, said he had not even brought the idea formally to his board. But Allen, who Farmer praised as knowledgeable, said he personally favored the idea of ONWASA seriously exploring the possibility.

    I think it would be good for us (ONWASA) and good for them (the town), he said. It would be good for the environment there are a lot of septic tanks and (private package) treatment plants in Cedar Point and good for the White Oak River, which divides Swansboro, in Onslow County, and Cedar Point, in Carteret.

    Seaberg said the board, during that Oct. 23 work session, agreed to think about the idea and discuss it more in November.

    It obviously is a big step, and if we did decide to move ahead, wed have to go to the state and get them involved, he said. But there are a lot of people in town who in surveys have said they want sewer.

    That Wooten study, which cost town $26,000, including a grant from the N.C. Rural Center, and $19,600 in town funds, strongly recommended that the town pursue a partnership with other local governments or agencies, such as Cape Carteret or ONWASA, if it wanted to get into the provision of sewer service to residents, businesses or both.

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    Luther sewer committee proposes solution for sewer, drainage issues - November 1, 2014 by admin

    The community of Luther is making progress in finding a solution to the towns sewer problems, thanks to the efforts of a committee that has been meeting weekly.

    During a special council meeting Thursday night, the committee, led by Tanya Doyle, who co-owns BFE Vintage Motorcycles in Luther with her husband, gave the Luther City Council an update on the committees progress and findings.

    Rather than going along with the councils proposed city-wide sewer project and ordinance, the committee has come up with a potential solution that will be more favorable to residents. The committee is proposing each resident or property owner in Luther should be responsible for bringing the septic system on their property up to compliance with Boone County regulations. Members of the committee canvassed the town, checking with property owners to see if their septic systems were in compliance. As a result, the committee came up with a list of 37 properties in the town where it is unknown if those properties septic systems are in compliance.

    In addition to the sewer issues, the town wants to resolve the drainage issues that have caused headaches for residents for a number of years. After speaking with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the committee learned that if the town repairs and cleans the existing tile, the drainage issues could be resolved. Therefore, the committee is proposing the council approves a plan to clean all existing tiles, repair all broken tiles and add additional tile or increased tile sizes where necessary. The committee also wants the city to pass an ordinance that adopts the Iowa state septic code.

    I cannot see why the residents of Luther would be against this, Doyle said of the committees proposals.

    Doyle also discussed the $370,000 I-JOBS grant the city obtained and needs to use by next year. After doing some research into the grant, the committee discovered the grant would cover 23 percent of the total project expense. Construction permits would need to be obtained and project plans would need to be approved by Jan. 30, 2015, with all work completed by June 30, 2015, in order to use the grant money. The individuals Doyle has talked to have voiced willingness to work with the community so they can still make use of the grant money.

    Council member Erica Herold pointed out that the town may be able to use the I-JOBS grant to pay off a state revolving fund loan used for services provided by MSA Professional Services, a Des Moines engineering firm. MSA was contracted to design a sewer system plan for the town.

    After much discussion, Herold requested the Luther sewer project be put on the next council meeting agenda, stating she would be in favor of abandoning it so the town can move forward with the committees proposed plan. No action was taken on the committees proposed plan during Thursday nights meeting.

    The next Luther City Council meeting will be Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Luther City Hall.

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    ELECTION 2104: Men vying for Mill Bay director identify sewer and salary issues among top priorities - October 31, 2014 by admin

    Voters in Mill Bay won't be pondering any surprises from unfamiliar candidates before marking their ballots in the civic election Nov. 15.

    The positions of both incumbent Mike Walker and challenger Kerry Davis for the job of representing Area A on the Cowichan Valley Regional District board are well-known.

    Current director Walker served two terms from 2002 through 2008 before taking a break and then returning for another term from 2011 until the present.

    Davis ran for the Green Party in the provincial election last year, losing the seat to the NDP's Bill Routley.

    Walker vows to continue on the same path as the last several years and residents know what to expect from him. There are some significant issues at the front of his long list of duties that need attention.

    "For me, I've been focusing on our storm water management and sewer issues,'' Walker said.

    "We're finding some of our older subdivisions here in Mill Bay, septic systems are starting to go.''

    With that in mind, Walker would like to see something similar to what's being done in the Capital Regional District where there's a mandatory pump-out required within a certain period of time and charges are added to taxes.

    "A lot of our residents are on that eastern slope and everything goes to the water,'' Walker said of the importance the issue places on the environment.

    "With the heavy rain, it really becomes a concern.''

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    Port Charlotte residents must pay to switch to county sewer - October 30, 2014 by admin

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- In an effort to keep Southwest Florida's water clean, residents are being told they need to shell out $10,000 to convert their septic tanks to county sewer.

    Most of the area affected is in the Spring Lake community.

    "We believe it's going to improve the water quality in Charlotte Harbor," said engineer Bruce Bullert.

    Homes that have septic tanks will be required to hook up to the county sewer.

    The county will receive a total of $3.3 million dollars in grants from the state.

    "A lot of these homes were built a number of years ago. A lot of the on-site systems are really quite old and because of that, a lot of them have seen their life," said Bullert.

    "We had the option of the sewer or the septic so we took the sewer," said resident Richard Martin.

    Unlike Martin, many of the approximately 1,500 homeowners that live in the area northwest of the Spring Lake boatramp will have to pay to transfer from septic to county sewer.

    Many homeowners say they cannot afford the change.

    Utility officials say they are looking for ways to help reduce the cost.

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