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DeKalb Adopt-A-Stream partners with Stone Mountain Memorial Assoc. to hold Water Quality Workshops

DeKalb Adopt-A-Stream partners with Stone Mountain Memorial Assoc. to hold Water Quality Workshops

DECATUR – DeKalb Adopt-A-Stream is partnering with Stone Mountain Memorial Association to host a series of workshops to get citizens involved in learning about and protecting DeKalb County’s water resources. These workshops are designed to train volunteers on how to collect and interpret data, and to learn what impacts DeKalb’s water quality.

The four-part series of workshops begin Saturday, May 14 when attendees will be introduced to Adopt-A-Stream and discover how to conduct a visual survey. The second part will be held on Saturday, June 11 and participants will learn how to perform chemical monitoring. The third workshop will be held on Saturday, July 9 and will focus on biological monitoring. The last of the series will be held on Saturday, August 13 and will train volunteers on how to conduct bacteria monitoring.

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

DEA applauds huge turnout on Drug Take-Back Day

ATLANTA -- Americans participating in the United States Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event last weekend turned in more than 376,593 pounds of unwanted or expired medications.

This is 55 percent more than the 242,000 pounds the public brought in during last September's event.

The medications were taken to 5,361 take-back sites in all 50 states.

"The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the first two take-back events is simply staggering -- 309 tons -- and represents a clear need for a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs," said DEA administrator Michele M. Leonhart.

Celebrate the earth with Keep DeKalb Beautiful

Celebrate the earth with Keep DeKalb Beautiful

DeKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Every year, Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB) participates in the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup initiative.

In these difficult economic times, it is even more important that volunteers contribute toward efforts to sustain beautiful, healthy, thriving communities.

Throughout the month of April, local residents helped beautify DeKalb by cleaning up dirty streets, waterways and illegal dumpsites, as well as greening up parks, schoolyards, MARTA bus stops and other public spaces.

On Saturday, Apr. 30 from 9 a.m.

Homeowners: Be Green and Save Green This Summer

Homeowners: Be Green and Save Green This Summer

As we head into summer, hard pressed consumers need to save on energy costs while they keep their homes comfortable during hot weather. Here are some simple and effective ways to reduce summer energy bills from the weatherization experts at NRGSVRS (www.nrgsvrs.com):

 

1. Seal the deal. Inspect the areas around your doors, between the crown molding and ceiling, inside closets and at the seams around your floors. If you see light coming from the outside or feel any air seeping through these areas, it is time for sealing those drafts! Weather stripping and caulking or using spray foam (be careful: it expands) can significantly cut down on wasted, cooled air in your home!

 

2. Bring out the blankets. It’s summer, so do we need blankets? We are talking about blankets of insulation!

South River Watershed Alliance to Join Lawsuit against DeKalb County and their dumping practices

Tucker, GA--  (submitted by Green Law) Today, the South River Watershed Alliance (Alliance), represented by public interest attorneys from GreenLaw, took steps to ensure that the DeKalb residents harmed by years of illegal sewer overflows from DeKalb County will have a seat at the table as regulators finalize a deal with the County on how to fix the ailing sewer system. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) have filed a proposed Consent Decree in federal court which outlines a plan to clean up the DeKalb County sewer system. The proposed Decree is the result of the County’s long-term failure to prevent unpermitted discharges of untreated sewage into Snapfinger Creek, South River and many other water bodies in the County.

Children can play and learn about the environment

Children can play and learn about the environment

Earth Day is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for a way to involve the kids, there is no better way than with the Earth Day Kids Fest at Chattahoochee Nature Center on April 16 from 10-3.

This is the 9th Annual Earth Day Kids Fest and is sponsored by Captain Planet Foundation and Chattahoochee Nature Center, in addition to being presented by Macy’s Foundation.    As the name would imply, the Earth Day festival is just for the kids.  It’s an event where there is lots of learning, but lots of fun too.

Ribbon cutting ceremony for Mason Mill Park

Ribbon cutting ceremony for Mason Mill Park

DECATUR, Ga. – (submitted by DeKalb County Parks and Rec.) DeKalb County Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony Sunday, March 20 at 1 p.m. for a Phase 1 Park Renovation Project at Mason Mill Park.