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Green, Green (Environment)

Postby Wise One » 2007 Oct 21 13:19


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Postby fangz1956 » 2007 Oct 24 10:17

Excellent food for thought.......thanks.

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Postby resigned » 2007 Oct 24 14:12

I've often wondered if people realize that we have global warming because of our life style. Who is willing to change their life style. Not many I think. Just a thought.

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Water supply

Postby loverockbridge » 2008 Feb 02 17:23

Related to and spinning off from some other threads here, do any of you wonder and worry if all of us out here in the county on private wells are going to run out of water soon? I do.
I can see two new homes going up from my front deck, both within half a mile of me and most likely having punched wells into the same aquifer. Since I built my house in the mid 80's three new homes have drilled wells closer to me than that. My well has never been real strong, I have to use caution, especially in the summer. Ground water is completely unregulated by the government unless you contaminate it. So this means, as long as our local land regulations allow anyone with two acres and fifty feet of road frontage to build a house and drill a well, and the aquifers are not getting bigger, the same water supply is having to serve more and more people. Does this mean that we all keep drilling deeper if we run out of water? Build cisterns? Buy truckloads of water?
I also think Rockbridge County, in light of an inevitable water shortage, should be doing more to encourage water conservation, even for those on private wells. For example, give a tax break to those who buy high efficiency washers (they operate on 40-70% less water than older washers) or install low-flow toilets and showers.
We can see it coming: do we have to wait for it to be a crisis before we do anything about it?

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Re: Water supply

Postby resigned » 2008 Feb 03 07:01

We will probably have to wait until a crisis occurs. I feel the same way about our well. We are about 10 to 15 inches below the rain fall for the average year. My numbers may not be accurate but are very close. I am so careful about the water we use. I told my husband we need to collect all the gray water such as from the washing machine for me to use to water my flowers. I am also concerned about our well. I understand that Las Vages is going to run out of water in five years. My husband says that there is only so much water on this planet and eventually we will use it all up. I feel we are a country that has no cares about these things as we have grown so used to having so much. Having grown up in the Ozark mountains I understand about doing without. We had to carry our water from a well into the house in buckets and I am not that old. We just didn't get electricity until I was 11. Our well went dry and we were desperate. We had to carry water in barrels from our grandparents and neighbors who had wells as we had dairy and beef cattle. We had a new well drilled but that event always is in the back of my mind.

I remember a big company that wanted to buy the property in Kerrs Creek so that could bottle spring water (apparently there is a big spring there?) and ship it out. I believe that was stopped. Don't remember the particulars. But I agree with you.

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Re: Water supply

Postby fangz1956 » 2008 Feb 03 08:25

Ever looked at someone and thought "the wheel is turning but the hamster is dead"?

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Re: Water supply

Postby Wise One » 2008 Feb 03 14:03

Ever-expanding withdrawals of water from the ground are worrisome and can grow to ruin wells.

Even more worrisome, for both groundwater systems and surface streams, is deforestation of our country. For every tree removed, a little less water will become groundwater.

Why? Because cleared land is less pervious to the passage of water through the soil into groundwater systems than is forested land. Rainwater that no longer becomes groundwater must run promptly to the nearest surface stream, carrying with it nutrients, silt, fertilizer and pesticides.

Even worse are impervious surfaces like rooftops, parking lots and roads. Rainwater that strikes them, instead of being filtered slowly through groundwater systems for months before it enters a surface stream as clean water, enters the surface stream within minutes carrying the same pollutants.

:dance14: Dig up your lawn and plant oak trees instead. Use for driveways & parking lots. :dance14:
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BV's Trees

Postby bvgirl » 2008 Feb 29 11:03

Will someone please enlighten me as to why the City of Buena Vista finds it necessary to cut down so many trees? Does someone have a phobia? (dendrophobia) Or against cooling shade, noise buffers, beautiful fall colors, homes for birds & squirrels or the added perk of camouflaging unsightly eyesores known as telephone poles? Could it be to cut down on the demand for City provided leaf removal? Are they are selling the lumber? Where is going? Hopefully to heat homes of the City's needy. Seems several times a week I hear the buzz of saws in some location of the city. First, Park Avenue was stripped. Which I considered to be one of the more attractive streets in the city, tree wise. Then those magnificent maples edging Penny Park were taken down. This really ticked me off! All the time spent raising donations to create that quaint little park. With the original wrought iron fence left intact and beautiful shade trees. And now it has been robbed of it's most charming character. The tree in the alley was even cut down. What parent/grandparent wants to sit in the hot sun and watch their kids burn their buns on scorching hot playground equipment. Possibly some of the trees were diseased, but not all. Some stumps were perfectly healthy. Two hundred years to grow and gone in forty-five minutes. What a shame.

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Re: BV's Trees

Postby Callyinva » 2008 Mar 01 12:39

BV Girl,
From what I understand is that they claimed they were cutting down all the dead trees. When they cut the one down at Penny Park I know it chapped alot of butts. The park was something that many a residents loved to stop at while strolling downtown, even if they didnt have kids. I've been in many a conversation about who the citizens of BV should vote for in the race for mayor. I think you should vote for the one who will irritate and aggrevate council the most. Give them a taste of their own medicine. What goes around comes around, or ...

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Re: BV's Trees

Postby bvgirl » 2008 Mar 11 11:53

Thanks for the reply Cally. Since my first post I have heard from what I believe to be a reliable source that many more trees are to follow. I know two met their demise last week. Grrrrrrrrrrr. It breaks my heart and I don't even consider myself a so called 'tree hugger'. There were at least five taken out at Penny Park. At least two facing on 21st St, two facing on Forest Ave and the one in the alley. With the need for reducing energy needs, skin cancer on the rise and the greenhouse effect it just doesn't make sense to me.

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Burning Food

Postby fangz1956 » 2008 Jun 03 18:27

Ever looked at someone and thought "the wheel is turning but the hamster is dead"?

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Re: Burning Food

Postby Wise One » 2008 Jun 03 18:59

Corn-to-ethanol is, indeed, "burning food." It is one of the Archer-Daniels-Midland ever suckered the government into. It does not displace oil, since it requires so much oil for fertilizer, tillage, harvesting, processing and transportation. It is, pure and simple, a transfer of money from the taxpayer to several large corporate farmers, middlemen, and processing industries. It is dumb, dumb, dumb and should not have an additional penny of subsidy or government mandate from this day forward. Let the free market select it if it is beneficial and competitive (which it is not.)

This is a disturbing diversion of food, inefficiently feeding machines instead of humans, but please understand the larger and more disturbing reality.

Grain is now being diverted by animals, as real incomes (outside the US) rise and people transition up the food chain. Chinese, Indians, Africans, etc. now eat directly less rice, wheat, and other grains, taking more of their diet as chickens, pigs and cows. Animals convert grain to meat very inefficiently, so that a person who formerly subsisted on one bushel of grain now requires ten bushels as he eats his grain in the form of meat.

Eat lower on the food chain and save the world.

:wink: Pass the grasshoppers and rice, please. :wink:
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RIP

Postby Amy Probenski » 2008 Jun 09 19:58

:cry: This is very, very sad. . :cry:

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Re: Burning Food

Postby fangz1956 » 2008 Jul 01 01:13

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/cartoon ... ert.mugabe

This thread seemed to be the most logical place for this post. I have been following this story as closely as my spare time allows. It has been a shocking eye-opener and a heartbreaker. I have read personal stories about people fleeing or attempting to flee Zimbabwe in order to survive and/or not starve. I have read news reports of the outrageous cost of small portions of food with prices that can change within minutes. I have read of the atrocities and murders inflicted on the opposition party and their families by Mugabe and his henchman. I have read of a cruel leader who uses food as political leverage and then has the brass to blame the West for the hunger crisis in Zimbabwe. I have read of the shameless attitude of South Africa(the bastion of progressive democracy and equality??) in this matter. I can understand why world leaders were more than dismayed (and some outraged) by Mugabe's presence at the World Food Summit.

Is a boycott of Zimbabwe's goods a solution to this complex and multi-faceted problem? At this point, I do not know and wonder what would happen to the people of that nation if such a boycott were put into place. Would they be thrown deeper into the abyss of poverty and hunger? Neither am I sure that military intervention is the answer as violence begets violence and people still starve. This has all the makings and markings of another Rwanda and we all know how that turned out..............tragically as the entire world turned its back. Now that their sham of an election is over and Mugabe still reigns supreme, I shudder to think what other tragedies and atrocities await the people of Zimbabwe. It is a horrific situation without an easy answer. But there are no easy answers as "we are not in Kansas anymore, Toto."

Drawing my own conclusions from this reading and my own personal observations, I wonder if a similar fate awaits Americans somewhere down the road and in the not too distant future. If we look at the combined effects of the price of oil, FISA and other eviscerations of the Constitution, a spineless, duplicitous and capitulating Congress combined with an apathetic voting populace, I can certainly see us heading in that direction. We needn't think that such things could never happen here. We are a people strung up by fear. We slept while the highest office in the land has managed to grab near dictatorial power. Most assuredly, I am not the only person who has noticed a decline in the quality of produce available in the grocery stores. I can't comment on meat as I stopped purchasing that over a year ago and now only do so for extremely special occasions. Nonetheless, more has changed than just the price in the marketplace.



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Re: Burning Food

Postby Wise One » 2008 Jul 01 09:43

"If your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like Donald Trump."

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Re: Burning Food

Postby fangz1956 » 2008 Jul 02 08:31

Ever looked at someone and thought "the wheel is turning but the hamster is dead"?

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Green Offices?

Postby Juggler » 2008 Aug 04 16:52

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PS. Her accent is incredibly weird. I'm guessing it's Schweizerdeutsch (Swiss dialect of German).

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I've Seen the Light

Postby Amy Probenski » 2008 Aug 26 19:29

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Misconception about Lyme Disease

Postby Neck-aint-red » 2008 Aug 27 17:12

While people know that Lyme Disease is caused by deer ticks, many wrongly conclude that deer are strongly implicated in the disease cycle.

The real culprits are rodents, which exist in vastly larger numbers than deer and are the main source of blood that sustains the tick and the disease.

So if you really want to do your part to suppress Lyme Disease, don't assume that shooting deer will be very effective. Instead, support steps that will restore vigorous ecosystems with large and healthy populations of predatory birds and snakes to keep the mouse population low.

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Green Marketing

Postby nudgewink » 2008 Oct 10 15:45

One must approve the trend toward "green marketing", using effective spokespersons.

Some have suggested we .

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