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Articles About environment

  • Vernay cleanup plan— EPA listens to local concerns

    The EPA came to share the status of the environmental cleanup at Vernay Laboratories’ former rubber manufacturing plant on Dayton Street and to hear from citizens on the proposed remedy.

    The culmination of a two-decade long process, in June Vernay submitted its latest proposal to clean up contamination associated with its operations. The EPA is in the process of reviewing the plan and is interested in hearing from the public as it does, according to the site’s Technical Project Manager, Renee Wawczak, at the meeting.

  • Elli Sparks speaks at Glen Helen— Lobbying for climate solutions

    Sparks will be speaking in Yellow Springs on Thursday, Oct. 31, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Vernet Ecology Center at Glen Helen. The event is free and the subject of her discussion is how the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, or CCL, works to lobby elected officials to act on behalf of the environment, and to mitigate the effects of climate change.

  • EPA to address latest Vernay cleanup plan

    Two decades have passed since extensive contamination was discovered at the former rubber manufacturing facility. Under order from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Vernay has taken steps to stem the flow of contaminants in the groundwater under residential neighborhoods.

  • New grants for Agraria —  Kids get the dirt on soil education

    Mills Lawn third-graders Emery Fodal and Wyatt Fagan counted soil invertebrates using Berlese Funnels at Agraria last spring. They also kept data on soil temperature levels over a four-week period at the farm. (Submitted photo by Peg Morgan)

    The architect and inventor Buckminster Fuller often used a metaphor to illustrate how small targeted actions can move massive systems. Fuller noted that the “trim tab,” a tiny mechanism of a ship’s rudder, can change the ship’s course with a minute movement. At the Agraria Center for Regenerative Agriculture, soil is seen as that “trim tab.”

  • Maple sugaring at Flying Mouse

    A family-friendly tour of Flying Mouse Farm, owned by John DeWine and Michelle Burns, with its sugar shack and maple sugaring operation will take place this Sunday, March 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the farm at 100 E. Fairfield Pike. Attendees should dress for muddy conditions. (Photo by Will Drewing)

    2018 is Flying Mouse Farms’ tenth year producing maple syrup, and maple sugaring season came early this year, as it did the year before, and the year before that.

  • Public is invited — New ways to fight weeds

    The last time the Village of Yellow Springs sprayed pesticides on public land commonly used by residents was on June 12, 2013. Five years later, Village practices have changed.

  • Sutton Farm land— Village moves closer to sale

    At their March 21 meeting Village Council moved a step closer to selling 76 acres of Village-owned land to Glen Helen.

  • Celebrate Earth Week at the Glen

    This tree was planted in 1929 by Hugh Taylor Birch in memory of his daughter Helen Bitch Bartlett. (photos by Suzanne Ehalt)

    Earth Day events will be held in the Glen all week, beginning this weekend.

  • Pining for a greener forest

    After more than 50 years in an environment that was never meant for large conifers, the Glen’s pine forest appers to be thinning to extinction. (Photo by Jeff Simons)

    The Glen’s pine forest wasn’t all that big — less than 50 acres. For runners, bird watchers, and weekend trekkers it was a delightful destination. But the forest is disappearing, and it’s not the result of global warming, logging, or pollution.

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