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Defending the Clean Water Act Through Citizen Action PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Etchison   
Thursday, 13 November 2008 13:14


Defending the Clean Water Act Through Citizen Action


      The Savage River Watershed Association (SRWA) will hold their regular meeting at the Route 40 Elementary School on Thursday, November 20th at 7 p.m.  Each meeting brings local citizens and SRWA members together to talk about issues within the watershed and to host an expert from an assortment of professions.  The guest speaker for this meeting will be Robin Broder from Potomac Riverkeeper (PRK), who as the Director of Operations oversees many of PRK's programs.  The Potomac Riverkeeper is an action oriented organization who fights to defend the Clean Water Act and works to ensure that illegal pollution inputs to the Potomac and its tributaries are stopped.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 January 2009 13:06
Population: The Critical Component in Global Warming PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Etchison   
Saturday, 08 November 2008 13:55

myphoto.jpg As I've considered the evidence for global warming and massive climate change over the past fifteen years, I was only vaguely aware of the eight hundred pound gorilla among all the scientific research, a gorilla that had the last say on whether we save our planet or not.  That gorilla was the planet's population.  Unless we address the population explosion in a comprehensive way, not much else we do will matter as runaway global warming wrecks the planet.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2010 14:57
The Birds and The Bees PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mary Spalding   
Saturday, 04 October 2008 12:42


The Birds and the Bees


My first success growing sunflowers, which shouldn’t be so difficult except that my sunny location has highly compacted soil, came this summer, and now their happy heads bob in the breeze outside my kitchen window. As the autumn chill approaches, I see a new bloom and step outside to get a closer look.

At first I’m not sure of what I’m seeing—the thing is the same golden brown as the small disk flowers that form the center of the sunflower. But, yes, there are the striped gold and black hairs of the honeybee’s thorax, and there are its tiny antenna, and its legs, still clinging. I wave my hand near it, but it doesn’t move. It looks just like a photo my friend Lisa just placed ...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 March 2010 18:01
Plastic--A Modern Plague PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Craig Etchison   
Wednesday, 17 September 2008 08:08

In the 1967 movie classic, The Graduate, Benjamin, Dustin Hoffman’s character, has no idea what to do with his life. In a brief sequence at a party, Mr. McGuire, a family friend, gives Benjamin advice about a successful career.

Mr. McGuire: “I want to say one word. Just one word.”

Benjamin: “Yes, sir.”

Mr. McGuire: “Are you listening?”

Benjamin: “Yes, I am.”

Mr. McGuire: “Plastics.”


I wonder if audiences at the time had the slightest inkling how prophetic that advice would be in terms of how plastics would come to dominate the world forty years later? Focusing just on plastic bags—plastic bottles would serve equally well—gives insight into this plague we have created.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 September 2008 00:08
Residential windmill pioneers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Davis   
Tuesday, 09 September 2008 19:16

Renewable Energy Pioneers



Join with me and Pancho Sanza as we take a pilgrimage along the by-ways of Garrett County in search of the towering energy redeemers that leave no footprint of carbon. Renewable energy is going to be the mantra of the near future, as it is apparent that the ever-rising cost of oil, gas, and other carbon-based fuels are going to keep our country on an inexorable path to clean, green power that never runs out.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 January 2010 15:15

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