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Daily Dirt: WNC Land Preservation, Coal Ash Spill, Paddling Bill Defeat

first_imgYour daily news update for February 5th, the day the largest Jell-O (9,246 gallons) was made in Brisbane.Land Preservation in WNCAnother major win for outdoor enthusiasts was announced this Tuesday in Transylvania County.The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, The Conservation Fund, and the U.S. Forest Service issued a statement declaring plans to conserve nearly 8,000 acres along the Blue Ridge Mountains in the area. In 2013, more than 3,200 acres of working forestland and a large portion of the headwaters of French Broad River’s east fork were obtained and protected by the North Carolina Forest Service. A grant from the U.S. Forest Service’s Forest Legacy Program, along with state and private funding, made this acquisition possible.Located on the border of North Carolina and South Carolina, the newly-protected acreage will become part of the prospective Headwaters State Forest. The area sits adjacent to 100,000 acres of existing conservation lands in both states, providing habitat for endangered plant and animal species.Ranked 7th on the 2013 national Forest Legacy Program priority list,  the State and The Conservation Fund utilized a $3 million grant to purchase 711 acres of land. Additional private and state funding of $5.4 million allowed for the protection of another 1,186 acres. Additional acquisitions are expected to made in 2014.The N.C. Forest Service plans to create a multi-use management plan for the land, allowing sustainably managed timber production alongside a variety of public recreational uses, including hunting and hiking.Coal Ash Spill in NCDuke Energy reported Monday that 50,000 to 82,000 tons of coal ash (enough to fill 20-32 Olympic-sized swimming pools) spilled into the Dan River from an unlined pond at its retired power plant in Eden.A 48-inch stormwater pipe beneath the unlined ash pond broke on Sunday afternoon, draining water and ash from the 27-acre pond into the pipe. A team of specialists from Appalachian Voices remains on-site to sample the water for toxics such as arsenic, as well as other contaminants. Yesterday, two members of the team were on the water in canoes, scouting the river from the point of discharge at the retired power plant to a few miles downstream. Their reports show signs of discolored water and ash that stretches close to 20 miles downstream.Environmental groups have previously filed lawsuits in an attempt to force Duke and other utility services to remove ash stored near waterways faster and more consciously. Greenpeace in particular has stepped to the forefront of the spill aftermath, forcing Duke Energy to answer accusations and questions on drinking water safety.This is the second incident this year where hazardous materials leaked into a waterway and threatened the local drinking water. Residents in West Virginia are still without clean water due to the chemicals that spilled into the Elk River last month.Freedom to Float Bill Defeated in the SenateVirginia paddlers were turned upstream on Friday when the Freedom to Float bill was defeated in the Senate 10 to 30.The American Canoe Association believes this bill was a reasonable approach for non-motorized vessels to use non-tidal rivers, streams, and creeks for recreational purposes. Paddlers would have been allowed to float on drainage areas of at least seven square miles without being held liable for civil or criminal trespass.For more information on the issue of river access, check out this story by BRO contributor Beau Beasley.last_img read more

Bayern reject delay offer, ready to open new Bundesliga season

first_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human BeingThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouMacaulay Culkin’s Own Version Of The New ‘Home Alone’Is This The Most Delicious Food In The World? Champions League finalists and Bundesliga title holders Bayern Munich on Friday waived the German league’s offer to delay their start to the 2020/21 domestic season by insisting they keep with tradition and host the opening game. Bayern face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final on Sunday in Lisbon to end the current term which has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The German Football League (DFL) had initially offered to push back Bayern’s start to the new campaign until Monday September 21 in order to allow the Bavarians extra time to prepare. However, the DFL said Bayern, who won an eighth straight title last season, want to keep with the tradition, established in 2002, by hosting the opening game. As a result Bayern will play Schalke at Munich’s Allianz Arena on Friday September 18. “Bayern Munich have stated their wish to contest the season opener in keeping with the tradition and to do so without any additional preparation time,” said a DFL statement. Originally, the DFL had pencilled in last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund and fourth-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach to replace Bayern against Schalke as the opening game. Read Also: Conte throws Inter future into doubt after UEL defeat Now Dortmund and Gladbach, who have both qualified for the Champions League, are scheduled to meet as the top game on Saturday, September 19. Opening day fixtures (all times 1330 GMT unless stated) Friday 18 September Bayern Muenchen v Schalke (1830) Saturday 19 September Eintracht Frankfurt v Arminia Bielefeld, Union Berlin v Augsburg, Cologne v Hoffenheim, Werder Bremen v Hertha Berlin, Stuttgart v Freiburg, Borussia Dortmund v Borussia Moenchengladbach (1630) Sunday 20 September RB Leipzig v Mainz, Wolfsburg v Bayer Leverkusen (1600) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Astros to call up minor league home run leader Yordan Alvarez, report says

first_imgHouston has failed to score more than four runs in 11 of their last 18 games, but the Astros fortunately continue to win games thanks to its pitching staff. They are 12-6 through that stretch games.Alvarez has spent time at both first base and left field, but he is likely to get time at both spots and designated hitter in his time in MLB. The Astros are calling up Yordan Alvarez from Triple A ahead of tomorrow’s game, sources tell The Athletic.— Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) June 9, 2019Alvarez, 21, has 23 home runs in 56 games this season, that is two more than any other player in MILB and three more than he has ever hit in a season.The former Cuban National Series player was acquired in a trade from the Dodgers for reliever Josh Fielder before he ever had an at-bat on U.S. soil. Related News Astros fans are going to be thrilled.According to The Athletic, Houston will call up minor league home-run leader Yordan Alvarez in the coming days. MLB wrap: Astros win second extra-inning game in two days on Orioles blunder He subsequently rose up the prospect ranks and is now rated as the No. 23 player in all of minor league baseball, according to MLB Pipeline.The Astros need the bat in their lineup right now as George Springer, Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve are all on the 10-day injured list.last_img read more