Monthly archive for February 2011

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!

Greetings River Lovers ~ Happy Pre-Spring! Upcoming Save Maumee Events ~ Working to improve your waterways all year long! TODAY ~ Saturday February 26, 2011 Save Maumee Presents another FUN & educational evening! Enjoy yourself at Dash-In with us and live entertainment to celebrate awareness and forward progress coupled with great LIVE MUSIC and delicious FOOD & DRINKS and door prizes! Who is playing:     Sounds of Saturn      9pm-11pm –  cosmic vibrations & instrumental jazz Les Nester               11:30pm- 2 am-ish – scintillating sound Location: Dash-In (814 Calhoun Street, downtown Fort Wayne, IN 46802) Time: 9pm-2am (ish) Age: 21+, Cost to improve your waterways: $3 cover OR $5 gets you in the door AND in the raffle for door-prizes: What door prize?: Neuhouser Nursery Gift Basket, The Green Dog-dog bathing, and Fort Wayne Outfitters/Bike Depot compostable water bottle/t-shirt and free canoe/kayak rental for 2, Save Maumee T-Shirts, $25 GAS Gift Certificate, Hall’s Gift Certificates! ~Drawing throughout the evening…Must be present to win. Check out Facebook Invitation HERE All proceeds go to riverbank restoration materials for Save Maumee’s 6th Annual Earth Day 2011! Other Upcoming Events for 2011 Sunday April 17, 2011 ~ Save Maumee’s 6th Annual Earth Day!  11am-4pm on Niagara Dr.

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A SEWER FULL OF POLLUTERS' AMENDMENTS

These amendments have no place in a spending bill and they effectively aim to “handcuff” EPA and other federal agencies from enforcing current law or help to relax current law: Amendment No. 10 from Rep. Cliff Stearns (FL-6) would prevent EPA from developing or issuing standards that list coal ash as hazardous waste under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Amendment No. 13 from Rep. Tom Rooney (FL-16) would stop EPA from using its funding to implement, administer or enforce new water quality standards for Florida’s lakes and flowing waters, which were issued in November. Amendment No. 109 from Griffith (VA-9)  would block EPA from using its funding to implement or enforce new guidance for the review of water pollution from proposed coal-mining projects, including mountain-top removal mining. Amendment No. 216 from Rep. David McKinley (WV-1) would stop EPA from administering or enforcing section 404 (c) of the Clean Water Act, which governs dredge-and-fill permits. Amendment No. 217 from McKinley (WV-1) would also block the EPA coal ash rules. Amendment No. 218 from Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-6) would prevent EPA from issuing new rules for the circumstances under which mining may be conducted near streams or from conducting an environmental

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Bill Watch 2011

Indiana Wildlife sent me their bill watch.  Keeping laws transparent and legislators honest should be demanded by the we the people. Wildlife Management SB 0017 Exotic animals. Support restricting release of exotic animals into the wild. Hunting/Fishing SB 0153 Disabled veteran hunting and fishing licenses. Opposed to new lifetime licenses HB 1036 Exemption from hunter education course. Opposed to new exemptions HB 1299 Animal hunting facilities Opposed to any hunting within fenced area HB 1448 Lifetime senior hunting license. Opposed to new lifetime licenses Water Quality SB 0113 Confined feeding operation approvals. Generally support improved water quality protections from excess nutrients, E coli and other pollutants SB 0118 Ordinances regulating fertilizers. Support local communities’ prohibitions on fertilizer pollution of waterways SB 0200 Environmental general permits. Generally support proper NPDES permit requirements to protect water quality SB 0202 Environmental approvals and other issues.Generally support for proper requirements to protect water quality SB 0236 Septic tanks and sewer systems. SB 0556 Confined Feeding Operations and CAFOs. Generally support for proper requirements to protect water quality HB 1134 Confined feeding operation manure. Generally support for proper requirements to protect water quality HB 1169 Soil and septic system education and research. Generally support additional

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2011 Indiana Senate Pro-Consumer Voting Records

Several bills are being voted-on right now. SB72, eminent domain for CO2 pipelines, SB71, hydrofracking, remains on 2nd reading in the Senate. SB102, tracker bill, remains on 2nd reading in the Senate. DUKE ENERGY is a large electric utility service for Indiana and has been in the news several times over the past few weeks for a range of issues: including Contractor says Duke took risks at plant and Utilities Back Bill to Cut Regulation and of course the newest report Dirty Energy’s Assault on Our Health: Mercury Citizens Action Coalition’s fact sheet (below) is about Indiana General Assembly pro-consumer voting records thus far.  It is important to note that legislators need to know what YOU think.  Please take this opportunity to send them your views, whether it is through email, personal letter or a phone call. FIND YOUR LEGISLATOR CLICK HERE: A few things to remember when writing or speaking to your legislator: 1) Be SPECIFIC on what you want to happen or your view on an issue – short and concise 2) Be nice yet firmly held in your beliefs – respect will get you further than a personal attack 3) Ask for their stance on the issue

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