The Yellow Creek Watershed Partnership (YCWP), a group created to improve the conditions at Illinois’ Yellow Creek, will meet April 11, 2012, to discuss erosion control products.
Local residents are taking a hands-on approach to soil erosion that could harm Maine’s Salmon Falls River, and are finding solutions through their work with the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative.
An extreme drought has forced West Texas farmers to consider new erosion control products to avoid long-term land issues. Mywesttexas.com reports growers have been forced to use limited amounts of water in an effort to protect their crops.
The Fresno Fire Department provided environmental cleanup assistance during a chemical spill at a local anodizing company on March 28, 2012, according to ABC30 Fresno.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a $90,000 penalty against Boston’s Logan Airport because the facility failed to provide workers sufficient tutorials regarding oil spill cleanup methods. The lack of training could impact airport workers and travelers.
Local volunteers have stepped up their efforts to save the Sand Island Plant Preserve, a colorful collection of vegetation in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
A sodium hydroxide leak occurred at an Escondido, California, water treatment plant on March 26, 2012, according to KTLA.com. The spill led officials to consider oil spill cleanup methods to remove roughly 30,000 gallons of the corrosive chemical.
Missouri has taken a proactive approach to cleaning up its waterways and eliminating soil erosion with an innovative program, according to Des Moines Register. The Soil & Water Conservation Program gives farmers the opportunity to improve their lands with incentives from the state.
Grant County, Georgia, officials reported a chemical spill and fire on March 22, 2012, according to Columbia Basin Herald. Fire and police authorities responded immediately to the disaster after roughly 800 pounds of a dry chemical fertilizer spilled near Road 1 Northwest and State Route 281.
A University of Florida student’s experiment led local fire officials to investigate a minor chemical leak at the Gainesville campus, according to Independent Florida Alligator.
Fire officials responded quickly to a chemical spill at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas, on March 16, 2012. The leak resulted in no injuries and did not threaten hospital staff members or residents, according to WTXS-TV.
Hazmat crews filled Route 87 in Evans, West Virginia, on March 19, 2012, after an oil spill delayed traffic for several hours, according to Charleston Daily Mail. The news source reports a tractor-trailer leaked one container of Barchlor, a clear, oily chemical that is insoluble in water.
Georgia’s Coweta County could see an improvement in response time if chemical leaks occur in the future thanks to its fire department’s new Hazmat response truck.
Motorists traveling along Ohio Interstate 70 experienced some significant delays during a five-hour period on March 15, 2012. The Columbus Dispatch reports eastbound lanes were closed after a tractor-trailer chemical leak occurred.
Military documents claim authorities at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base failed to report a 2007 mercury spill, according to The Salt Lake Tribune.
Maine officials initiated environmental cleanup management efforts on March 13, 2012, on Puddledock Road in Kennebec after a storage tanker spilled used motor oil across the area a week ago, according to the Kennebec Journal.
Local authorities have begun investigating the cause of a chemical spill that occurred in Newell, Iowa, on March 7, 2012, Cherokee Chronicle Times reports.
Fire officials contained an alcohol-based fire at the National Composite Center in Ohio on March 6, 2012, News Talk Radio WHIO reports. Firefighters handled environmental cleanup after the chemical spill occurred at a campus laboratory in the Kettering Business Park.
A minor chemical spill impacted an Abingdon, Connecticut, elementary school on March 8, 2012. Explore Harford reports a small amount of metallic mercury was discovered by school officials, but was removed by school officials immediately.
South Carolina officials evacuated more than 50 homes after a 28-car derailment in Abbeville on March 8, 2012, according to WSPA-TV. Local authorities have begun environmental cleanup in the area by removing a derailed tanker car carrying methanol, a hazardous chemical.
Heating oil filled Delaware’s White Clay Creek on March 2, 2012, according to Daily Local News. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spokeswoman Deborah Freese told the news source the leak occurred during an unattended oil transfer between above-ground fuel tanks.
The Gulf Oil Spill created chaos for many property owners, but Louisiana-based Dynamic Industries is taking steps to ensure safety in the surrounding communities. WWL-TV reports the company is building a system to help control underwater petroleum well leaks.
An oil spill along Alaska’s North Slope resulted in minimal damage after a trans-Alaskan pipeline burst on February 29, 2012, according to The Associated Press.
Michigan residents continue to battle treacherous conditions following an oil spill that occurred on July 26, 2010, The Energy Collective reports.
Iowa resident Steve Berger took an innovative route to reduce soil erosion at his farm by planting rye, Iowa Farmer Today reports. The solution helped Berger improve the quality of his crops and increase his farm’s water-holding capacity.