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FMSA Takes World Water Monitoring Challenge

FMSA Takes World Water Monitoring Challenge

ATLANTA -- Fourteen students, ages 7 - 11, from First Montessori School of Atlanta, recently participated in the World Water Monitoring Challenge™ at The John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Preserve in the City of Sandy Springs. WWMC is an international education and outreach program that encourages people of all ages to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.

15 counties must clean their air

15 counties must clean their air

ATLANTA -- Air Quality Awareness Week recently came to a close, and 15 metro Atlanta counties didn't quite make the clean air cut.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently changed its standards of attainment for ozone standards from .08 parts per billion to .075 parts.

The change means that 15 formerly compliant counties were re-designated at nonattainment for ground-level ozone: Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding and Rockdale.

To clean up the air, residents can try carpooling to work or taking MARTA if possible; fewer cars on the roads means more breathable air for everyone in metro Atlanta.

Learn more about how to reduce emissions and cut down on ozone at www.cleanaircampaign.org.

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

ATLANTA -- As 2011 draws to a close, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages all Americans to understand the risks that surround them -- and for residents of the Upper Chattahoochee River Region, those risks include the possibility of flooding.

FEMA worked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to create maps of the 107-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River between the Buford Dam and Coweta County, which includes Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

These updated maps detail flood hazard and risk data with the ultimate goal of protecting homeowners from flooding.

Maps for those who live in the Chattahoochee flood region are available at www.georgiadfirm.com. Learn more about steps to prevent flood damage at www.ready.gov/floods.

Fulton County Seeks Nominees for Environmental Awards

The Fulton County Citizens Commission on the Environment (FCCCE) is seeking nominations of environmental advocates and environmental projects that exemplify environmentally-sound practices to be recognized at its annual Environmental Awards Program on April 18, 2012.  All nomination entries must be postmarked by Friday, January 13, 2012.

All submissions will be evaluated in one of the following categories:

  • Environmental Advocate -  Individual in Fulton County who supports activities that  protect the environment and exemplify environmentally sound practices
  • Best Development Development in Fulton County that implements proactive and Innovative  best management practices
  • Environmental Program Fulton County programs that focus on environmental awareness and pollution prevention

One award will be presented in the E

Milton to host $40 rain barrel workshop

Milton to host $40 rain barrel workshop

MILTON, Ga. -- In conjunction with the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and Milton Grows Green, the city of Milton will host a rain barrel workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

The workshop will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will cost $40. It will be at the Bethwell Community Center.

The $40 price tag includes water conservation tips, advice on maintaining a landscape with minimal water use and, of course, the 60-gallon rain barrel that has the potential to save homeowners 1,300 gallons of water during the summer.

All rain barrels must be pre-ordered. Attendees can now pay for them online.

Milton Tree Fund receives $500 gift

Milton Tree Fund receives $500 gift

MILTON, Ga. -- A local bank recently presented the Milton Tree Fund with a big donation.

Suwanee-based Quantum Bank gave $500 to the forestry program, which works hard to beautify the city and keep it green.

"We really appreciate the bank's generosity," Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood said. "This gift will go to good use as the city redoubles efforts to sustain this area's natural beauty."

The money will be used to purchase and maintain trees in public areas, according to Mark Law, the city's arborist.

Milton joins Clean Air Campaign

Milton joins Clean Air Campaign

MILTON, Ga. -- The city of Milton recently partnered with the Clean Air Campaign to curb air pollution by reducing city employee commutes.

The goal of this initiative is to foster greater use of alternatives to driving alone by creating more options for employees, including carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, walking, riding public transportation, teleworking, and compressing work weeks.

These are needed changes, as more than half of all smog-forming emissions in Metro Atlanta come from the tailpipes of cars and trucks, according to the Clean Air Campaign.

"We are constantly evaluating new ideas for a greener workplace to create cost savings and build positive morale," said Cindy Eade, Milton's sustainability coordinator.