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Atlanta Chefs Celebrate First Pastured Poultry Week, June 11-17

Atlanta Chefs Celebrate First Pastured Poultry Week, June 11-17

Georgians for Pastured Poultry (GPP), an alliance that is promoting the use of high-welfare, pasture raised poultry in Georgia, has created Pastured Poultry Week to take place Monday, June 11 through Sunday, June 17, 2012.

As part of this annual event, Atlanta restaurants will help spread the word about the many virtues of pastured poultry – its superior taste, the natural life of the chickens, and the positive impact on both human health and the health of the environment – by serving it on their menus every day during this designated week. Additionally, chef demonstrations at local farmers markets throughout the spring and summer will educate consumers on ways to prepare pastured poultry in order to continue raising awareness.

Participating restaurants include:

15 counties must clean their air

15 counties must clean their air

ATLANTA -- Air Quality Awareness Week recently came to a close, and 15 metro Atlanta counties didn't quite make the clean air cut.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently changed its standards of attainment for ozone standards from .08 parts per billion to .075 parts.

The change means that 15 formerly compliant counties were re-designated at nonattainment for ground-level ozone: Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Paulding and Rockdale.

To clean up the air, residents can try carpooling to work or taking MARTA if possible; fewer cars on the roads means more breathable air for everyone in metro Atlanta.

Learn more about how to reduce emissions and cut down on ozone at www.cleanaircampaign.org.

DeKalb Earth Day events POSTPONED due to expected inclement weather on 4/21

DeKalb Earth Day events POSTPONED due to expected inclement weather on 4/21

Due to expected inclement weather and safety concerns, the Keep DeKalb Beautiful South River Cleanup, along with Gardens in the Park and Mill Day at the Park events have all been postponed. 

Gardens in the Park will be held May 5, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Exchange Park, 2771 Columbia Drive.  Mason Mill Day at the Park wil also be rescheduled to May 5, 1-4 p.m. at Mason Mill Park.  Finally the Keep DeKalb Beautiful South River Cleanup will be rescheduled to a future date that will be announced at a later time.

 

Amphibian Monitoring Workshop this Friday

Amphibian Monitoring Workshop this Friday

DEKALB --  DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis announces that DeKalb Adopt-A-Stream is hosting an amphibian monitoring workshop this Friday, April 13, 6 to 9 p.m. at Arabia Mountain Preserve, 3787 Klondike Road, Lithonia, Georgia 30038. There is no charge for the workshop and it is open to the public, ages 14 and up.

During the workshop, attendees will discover the wonderful world of amphibians and the helpful information they tell about the environment as water quality indicators. The agenda includes an indoor presentation highlighting frogs and salamanders that are found in and around local streams and wetlands. Participants will then be led along a stream and wetland area viewing and identifying frogs. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will receive an instruction manual and a color ID key.

Dekalb Dept. of Watershed wins 2011 Adopt-a-Stream Award

Dekalb Dept. of Watershed wins 2011 Adopt-a-Stream Award

 

DECATUR – DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis announces that the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division (EPD) presented the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management and DeKalb Adopt-a-Stream Program Coordinator Michael O’Shield with the 2011 Adopt-a-Stream Program of the Year Award for Large Systems. 

Electronic recycling event today in Norcross

Electronic recycling event today in Norcross

Norcross - (submitted by Lisa Patterson)  Atlanta based Street GRACE (Galvanizing Resources Against Child Exploitation) is an alliance of Christian churches, community partners, and volunteers dedicated to supporting, enlarging, and allying with those individuals and organizations working toward eliminating the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). Street GRACE mobilizes the resources within the community — financial, human and material — toward those organizations and individuals who have demonstrated effectiveness in battling CSEC in the areas of advocacy, aftercare and mentoring. Many times when we hear stories of children forced into prostitution, we assume that this happens in a far away country, but the numbers are staggering that these horrible crimes take place here in our own backyards. A CSEC demand study showed that over 400 adolescent females are prostituted each month in Georgia.

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

FEMA encourages Chattahoochee-area residents to learn flood risks

ATLANTA -- As 2011 draws to a close, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages all Americans to understand the risks that surround them -- and for residents of the Upper Chattahoochee River Region, those risks include the possibility of flooding.

FEMA worked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to create maps of the 107-mile stretch of the Chattahoochee River between the Buford Dam and Coweta County, which includes Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Forsyth, Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

These updated maps detail flood hazard and risk data with the ultimate goal of protecting homeowners from flooding.

Maps for those who live in the Chattahoochee flood region are available at www.georgiadfirm.com. Learn more about steps to prevent flood damage at www.ready.gov/floods.