Cleaning Up Shorelines

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by Robert Barossi

This past week, Tropical Storm Arthur crawled up the east coast of the United States, causing havoc along the shores of the Carolinas and up in to New England. After the devastation from major weather events, it’s often volunteers who are out there cleaning up debris that is a threat to ecosystems and the natural environment. This story from the Post and Courier details how one group is looking for more help cleaning up South Carolina’s coast, especially after storms like Arthur.

Find more information here about the organization leading the efforts, Wounded Nature.


An Urban Watershed

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by Robert Barossi

The city of Detroit has certainly made news over the past few years, and often for the wrong reasons. It can be argued that it’s gotten a bad rap and that there has been a lot of focus on the negatives with no attention paid to the positives. Among the positives are a number of initiatives aimed at sustainability and environmental awareness and/or improvements. There are a number of environmental organizations who remain dedicated to protecting and preserving the natural surroundings. One such group is Friends of The Rouge, an organization which has been monitoring the Rouge River and it’s watershed. This article offers details on how the Friends’ recent reports indicate how the watershed is faring and how it can still be improved.

Check out Friends of the Rouge, for more information about this group and their efforts.

A couple of other green groups in Detroit include Green Garage and The Greening of Detroit.

In The Canyon

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by Robert Barossi

Oceans. Lakes. Rivers. Forests. Mountains. Canyons. No matter what sort of landscape or body of water it is, there are volunteers who work to protect it and preserve it. This article from the Green Valley News and Sun details how numerous volunteers are working to protect Madera Canyon and the Coronado National Forest. According to the article, in 2013, volunteers spent nearly 3,000 hours and drove almost 24,000 miles participating in activities dedicated to the canyon’s preservation. While picking up trash is a major project for the volunteers, they spend time doing many other tasks, including maintaining picnic areas and information signs. No matter what form it takes, their work is essential and invaluable.

Find more information here about the primary organization behind the efforts, the Friends of Madera Canyon

Click here for more information about Coronado National Forest, where Madera Canyon is located.