Environment

St. Johns Riverkeeper Releases Results of GP Pipeline Review

Recently, St. Johns RIVERKEEPER® hired a team of water quality and engineering experts to conduct a technical peer review of a key Georgia-Pacific (GP) study that is being used to validate the need for a pipeline to the St. Johns River. The results of this independent engineering analysis indicate that the Georgia-Pacific study is incomplete and does not adequately address important questions regarding GP’s wastewater effluent and treatment ponds.  The peer review recommends that a final decision regarding the proposed pipeline should be immediately put on hold until a more comprehensive and independent technical-economic analysis can be performed. 

Eco-Safari Themed Charity Event to Benefit North Florida Land Trust

Eco-Safari Themed Charity Event to Benefit North Florida Land Trust

The North Florida Land Trust, dedicated to preserving land for conservation in seven counties, will hold a memorable charity event on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 7 p.m. at the J.Johnson Gallery, 177 4th Ave. in Jacksonville Beach Fla.

The Eco-Safari themed evening will feature a live auction for an African Safari for two and other great prizes. Catering by Liz Grenamyer, a full bar, silent auction, live music and lots of fun and surprises all for a great cause.

How Many Birds Can You Count?

Chilly weather throughout Florida has kept residents inside and close to their heaters, under blankets and in their sweats, long sleeves and socks during December and January. However, spring is just around the corner and there is wildlife to discover in your backyard!

Get your binoculars ready, because starting Feb. 18, the largest bird count in North America begins. The Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs through Feb. 21, is a wonderful chance to add to your Bird Detective checklist and help scientists monitor birds across America. If you do not have a checklist, download it from MyFWC.com/Learning. In the left-hand menu, click “Fun Stuff.” From there, look on the right side of the page under “Educator Links” for “Jr. Birder Program.”

Clay County Family Feels Trapped by Tainted Chinese Drywall

Clay County Family Feels Trapped by Tainted Chinese Drywall

LAKE ASBURY, Fla. -- James and Melissa Strickland purchased their home in 2006 and thought they would enjoy their brick home for years to come.

But the Stricklands said they first noticed a problem in 2007; the coil in their air conditioning unit had failed. "We didn't want to think it was anything in our new home, our brand new home," said Melissa Strickland.

It happened again and again, and some of their other appliances were having problems as well. "Two televisions, two microwaves, two garbage disposals, two refrigerators, two compressors in my garage," said James Strickland.

"And coffee pots," added Melissa Strickland.

A Florida Department of Health report revealed the tainted drywall releases a sulfur fume that causes pipes and wiring to deteriorate. It also corrodes jewelry and mirrors.

Target, RadioShack Buy Back iPhones, Other Used Gadgets

Target, RadioShack Buy Back iPhones, Other Used Gadgets

The trend of dumping unwanted gadgets online at sites like eBay and Craigslist now has shifted to brick-and-mortar retail stores, with a twist.

Major retailers, such as Target (TGT) and RadioShack (RSH), are buying back products from customers in-store and offering credit toward purchase of new products.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Expands Free Boating Safety Class Schedule

The Coast Guard Auxiliary in Green Cove Springs, in concert with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, holds FREE Boating Safety Classes at its base of operations off State Rd 16E in the Reynolds Industrial Center, 910 Roland Avenue. 

Environmental Crimes & Crime Stoppers Rewards

Local authorities are working to decrease illegal dumping in areas of Clay County and encourage you to inquire about activity you suspect may be criminal. Many types of waste, especially hazardous materials, can be a danger to the environment and to residents as well. If you witness any violation of environmental laws you can report it and remain anonymous. Be prepared to provide the date, time, and location of the dump site. Also helpful is the description of the vehicle, the tag number, description of occupants or other suspects involved.

FIRST COAST CRIME STOPPERS: 1-866-845-TIPS
CLAY COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL CRIME UNIT: 904-278-3697
WWW.CLAYSHERIFF.COM (CLICK ON ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMES LINK)