Monthly archive for June 2011

Invasives: What are they and why do we care?

An “invasive plant” is another name for a plant which grows quickly and aggressively, displacing other plants as it spreads and harming diversity of other plants.  Usually invasive plants are not native to North America.  Of the roughly 2,300 plant species growing outside cultivation in Indiana, 25% are non-native. Most non-natives cause little trouble, but a few aggressive species are responsible for degrading and destroying thousands of acres of natural plant communities in Indiana and are costing hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in control measures.  Some of these invasives are still being sold by nurseries and well meaning Hoosiers – not realizing the damage it can cause.  There are MANY natives discussed in previous posts. Why do we care? Invasive plants hurt wildlife by eliminating the plants our native animals need for food and cover.  The invasives compete with nativeplants for sunlight, space and/or soil nutrients. Invasive plants destroy habitat for rare wildflowers and animals; they threaten 2/3rds of all endangered species. Invasive plants cost money.  Agencies around Indiana spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to eradicate these species and protect our natural areas. Each year the cost grows. Agriculture losses and control costs due to

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Cited Work for 2011 Newsletter

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Recycling

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Junk Ditch Buy out

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What IS Grassroots Organizing?

Caesar Chavez said it best, “Grassroots organizing is simply one person telling another person…and those 2 people going out and telling 2 more.” How simple a concept eh? Save Maumee has this similar mantra because we work as 100% volunteers – little money collected here and there at events for Earth Day erosion control materials.  We pick up ideas and use people for manual labor for our rivers though spreading the word.  People call to donate labor hours, encouragement, share ideas, offer services, or sometimes critique something that Save Maumee has written. I am so grateful for all the people who do their part; civic duty, spending your time for betterment of others, volunteering, manual labor etc.  Without these people I would have stopped working to fight for our waterways a few years ago, but people DO care.  If event planning falls apart, people flake out, or it rains…the work will continue and life will go on. My husband has always been supportive of my water activism.  He gives me two pieces of advice all the time 1) Get a thicker skin  2) If the work was easy, everybody would be doing it. So things change, life changes, we just

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overflow from tree removal

VIDEO AND COVERAGE HERE: Levee Tree Removal in Fort Wayne It has recently come to the attention of Save Maumee that trees along the Maumee River and St. Mary’s River are indiscriminately being cut down by order of the Board of Public Works and the US Army Corps of Engineers.  Apparently this area of the riverbank lies on a levee and during one of the last big floods in Fort Wayne, the riverbank and the trees fell into the water.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in charge of regulating levees by setting the safety guidelines and according to city planners the US ACE directed the city to “remove the trees and make repairs or lose the acceptable rating of flood protection.”  This has resulted in the removal of hundreds of trees along the riverbanks of the Maumee River- in addition to trees removed from the St. Mary’s and St. Joe Rivers as well. Tree removal and stump grinding has been a hot discussion topic around town.  Between Ash Trees being removed due to the Emerald Ash Borer invasion (equaling 24% of the tree canopy in Fort Wayne) and the Oak Trees being eaten by the Gypsy Moths; no

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Sneaky Industry & More Pollution for Indiana

http://www.in.gov/apps/lsa/session/billwatch/billinfo?year=2011&session=1&request=getBill&doctype=HB&docno=1112 It is important to note that Indiana HB 1112 was signed by the Present of the Senate after passing through the House of Representatives.  Little do you realize, this bill was created by Steel Dynamics Inc. (SDI) and presented to Rep. Win Moses, but he turned it down because it was not good for the people’s health in Indiana…it was good for large corporations.  Phyllis Pond, however sponsored this bill and it was supported by Bob Morris.  Indianapolis Star reported this bill will allow Steel Dynamics to use its industrial waste as land compost material. So how would SDI benefit from this bill?  This bill, basically means industrial waste can now be spread on land as an “amendment.” Amended soil is a material added to soil to improve plant growth and health. A conditioner or a combination of conditioners corrects the soil’s deficiencies in structure and-or nutrients to improve soil fertility. SO this means that the department will allow the use of industrial waste products in a land application operation or as ingredients in a soil amendment or soil substitute on the same basis as other materials under the rules concerning land application and marketing and distribution permits.” I

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What Goes Up, Must Come Down ~ Into Our Water

 Meeting 05/17/2011– Many local homeowners spoke out at the meeting because of their concern with the smoke (sometimes blue, sometimes yellow) that comes from Superior Aluminum.  Their concerns for their health and their families well-being were many, but Denny Luma (President of Superior Aluminum) says, “I can’t tell you what the yellow smoke is,” giving little comfort to attendees. Testimonials heard that night were heartbreaking. “Our entire area has a tremendously high rate of cancer…everyone on my block suffers from several types of cancer.” “These are our homes, please understand our concerns.  You come to work everyday for a few hours, but get to go home to clean air in your neighborhood.  We cannot escape it.” “If smoke is not meant to escape, why is it when I call the Hotline number the smoke stops coming out immediately?  If it is that easy to make it stop than why is it smoking to begin with?” The community has already suffered from previous problems in their neighborhoods from Superior Aluminum.  In April 2010, 10 families evacuated their homes due to a chlorine spill.  Article located here: “Chlorine escaped the building and 10 families had to leave their homes.”In order to offer

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