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Governor Perdue Signs Water Conservation Measures
Sonny Perdue - Water Stewardship ActGovernor Perdue signed Senate Bill 370, the Water Stewardship Act of 2010. The bill signing was held at Lake Lanier's Buford Dam Park.  The legislation is meant to conserve water and to help resolve a legal dispute that could cost metro Atlanta much of its water supply. 
The new rules would ban most outdoor watering from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New buildings would need high-efficiency toilets, shower heads and faucets.  Perdue said he is still negotiating with Florida Gov. Charlie Crist and Alabama Gov. Bob Riley over use of water from the lake.
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Ducks and Oil Don't Mix!

Ducks and Oil Don't MixDr. Moorman describes the effects the oil spill may have on waterfowl and DUCKS UNLIMITEDs (DU's) conservation work in and around the Gulf Coast. The threats to waterfowl come in two waves. First, the oil threatens the birds directly, with most oiled birds perishing. Second, the birds' food sources will most likely be destroyed or contaminated by the oil, causing the birds to either move on to other habitat or ingest the contaminated food, which might kill them.
The oil spill may impact DU projects in the Louisiana coastal region. Generally, DU feels positive about the status of its projects in the region. One project in particular, a freshwater diversion project at Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area in southern Plaquemines Parish, could actually assist with recovery efforts. This diversion dam project is designed to divert fresh water from the Mississippi River into Louisiana's coastal marshes, which could help flush out oil that makes its way into the interior.
Canada Geese, Ducks, Mourning Doves and a
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Land Disturbance Judgement 
It only takes one person to do something stupid, (even for a seemingly legitimate reason) that screws it up for tons of other farmers and the people they feed (us).  Last month we reported a large fish kill that has resulted in NPDES permits being required for farmers.  Fish kills, bird kills.....these things end up in federal court and then it can affect everyone, farmers first...then HIGHER PRICES at the store for us.
Look outside our borders and check out the terrible condition of their water and air!  Wether it's construction, agriculture or timber harvesting...the environmental laws have worked in the past to keep our food and water clean....BE WISE!!!!!!!
Richard A. Bee, 56, has been ordered to pay almost $25,000 after pleading guilty to illegally using the pesticide Furadan in a way that resulted in the death of 16 migratory birds on farmland he leased.
Bee operated a feed crop farm and had observed various birds eating the seeds he planted as part of farming operations. In April 2008 and again in April 2009, Bee poured Furadan into a bucket of corn with the intent of using the Furadan-
corn as bait and placed the bucket in the fields with the intent of killing the birds. On or about June 1, 2009, a total of 16 birds were found dead in the vicinity of one Bee's bait stations. The 16 birds included two Canada Geese, one American Crow, two Mallard Ducks, seven Mourning Doves, one Red-tailed Hawk, and three birds that were too decomposed to identify.
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The Georgia EPD ANNOUNCES.......

 Streambank and Shoreline Stabilization
Streambank Guidance Doc
Streambank and shoreline stabilization consists of vegetative, structural and bioengineering
methods to stabilize AND protect streambanks and shorelines. This document presents diagrams of the methods and practices listed in the Georgia DNR - EPD July 2007 "Streambank and Shoreline Stabilization Guidance" document and provides information about preferred riparian vegetation for stabilization projects.
Pesticide News Story: EPA Draft NPDES Pesticides General Permit For Release
Make a DifferenceOn June 4, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be publishing in the Federal Register the availability of a draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) pesticide general permit (PGP) for point source discharges from the application of pesticides to waters of the United States.

This issue evolved from a 1996 pesticide misapplication by an Oregon irrigation district that leaked through a waste gate and into a creek where more than 92,000 juvenile steelhead were killed.  Environmentalists sued and won all the way to the Ninth Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Eventually, agricultural groups, headed by the National Cotton Council, took the mandate that aquatic pesticide applications fall under CWA to the Sixth Court of Appeals, which also sided with the environmentalists.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case and thus began the EPA process of developing a permit.NPDES Farmers

EPA is seeking comment for
45 days (through July 19, 2010) on the draft PGP and plans to issue the final PGP in December 2010. During the public comment period EPA will hold three public meetings (Albuquerque, Boise, and Boston), a public hearing (Washington, D.C.), and a webcast to provide an overview of the PGP requirements and the basis for those requirements, and toanswer questions about the draft permit and how the public can best assist EPA in the public comment process. 
CWA Violation - Oil Spill in Muddy Water
We teach it to our kids, we expect it from our business associates, it's a must for our friends and the people we love; but as adults we can regress into little children who have no rules when our ego and/or pocket book gets involved. 
Let's not allow the simple lessons we learned as children and the rules that create a great society, get ignored!  A principle my dad taught me comes to mind....."What goes around, comes around!"
Remember this....We ALL Live Downstream!
The next time you finish a responsible construction project, take a drive, go for a hike, catch a fish or celebrate a successful hunt.....take a moment to think a grateful thought, make a difference somewhere with someone, and give thanks and honor to the United States of America and the sacrifice our past and present military men and women have provided so we can enjoy the liberty and freedom we share, and so easily take for granted!
This Newsletter is intended to be a useful tool for all individuals involved stormwater management, especially those on construction sites.  There is a lot happening now with water regulations!  If you have areas of interest you would like to discuss, or areas of concern you would like included in this newsletter, please contact us at 678-469-5120.
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