The environmental news for the week of 2/18/19:
Democracy Now reports: 2/13) The Senate has overwhelmingly passed a major new public lands bill, voting 92 to 8 to add over a million acres of protected wilderness, add four new national monuments and expand eight existing national parks. A provision also prevents mining in over 370,000 acres of land around two national parks, including Montana’s Yellowstone. The bill, which now heads to the House for approval, would also permanently reauthorize the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, which lapsed last year.
2/11) TransCanada said Friday the Keystone pipeline is likely responsible for an oil spill last week in St. Charles County, Missouri, near the Mississippi River. A new study released Thursday counted 137 oil spills in the U.S. in 2018.
Report from Washington Post: 2/14) The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday announced an historic effort to rein in a class of long-lasting chemicals that pose serious health risks to millions of Americans. But environmental groups and residents of contaminated communities said that the agency’s “action plan” is short on action, saying ample evidence exists to regulate the chemicals in the nation’s drinking water.
Calendar of events for the week of 2/18/19:
2/19 Intro to Native Landscaping 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center Auditorium 4750 Troost Avenue Kansas City, MO 64110
2/19 Reversing Global Warming – Intro to Drawdown: Kansas City, 6:30 pm Brookside Plaza Building, 6141 West 87th St., Kansas City MO 64114
2/20 7:00-8:30 p.m. Native Plants for a Resilient Kansas – Expert Panel Lawrence Public Library Auditorium 707 Vermont, Lawrence KS KVNPC hosts experts Betsy Betros, Dr. Liz Koziol and Kim Bellemere in a discussion on native plants
2/21 PeaceWorks-KC is sponsoring a talk by Pat Elder, author of Military Recruiting in the United States, 7-8:30 pm, at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KC MO. In his talk, Elder will present federal info on the toxins at the former Richards Gebaur Air Reserve Base (closed in 1994 because of contaminants).
2/21 Vegetable Gardening, Planning, Prep, Care workshop at Clinton PKWY Nursery, 4900 Clinton PKWY, Lawrence KS 6:30 – 7:30 call 785)842-3081 or RSVP on facebook.
2/21 U.S. EPA Sustainable Materials Management Web Academy Webinar State and Local Organic Bans – Implementation Planning, Lessons Learned and Updates from 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET To register for this free webinar visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4837827369640780290.
2/23 Wakarusa Sierra Club Winter Veg Potluck, 5 pm Delaware Commons, 1222 Delaware, Lawrence KS
See volunteer events in recycling and tree planting at Bridging the Gap.org.
Ecological shows airing this week on KKFI include:
2/19 RadioActive Magazine 6 PM Susan Sarachek interviews Bob Grove, President of the Climate Council of Greater Kansas City about their activities.
2/22 Bioneers 9:30 AM Don’t Fence Me In – Linked Landscapes, Citizen Science and Wild Nature.