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2008-10-01 03:00:13

By Bamford, Holly A McElwee, Kris; Morishige, Carey Creating Partnerships and Innovative Solutions to an Ocean and Coastal Threat In 2005, the receding iloodwaters of Hurricane Katrina deposited tons of material offshore, creating a marine debris problem hazardous to fishing and boating activities. Thousands of mi les away i n the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, more than 50 tons of derelict fishing gear accumulates in the shallow waters of these remote islands each year, damaging coral...

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2008-09-22 11:55:00

A recent report by the National Research Council highlights the need for comprehensive plans to reduce ocean debris. Released Friday, the plan found that efforts to prevent and reduce ocean debris are inadequate and the problem will most likely become worse. The United States and the international maritime community should adopt a goal of "zero discharge" of waste into the marine environment, and a system to assess the effectiveness of existing and future marine debris prevention and...

2008-09-09 12:00:18

"Fishing for Energy," an innovative partnership to recycle fishing equipment into energy, continues to catch on in New England by expanding to Chatham, MA. The "Fishing for Energy" partnership is an initiative between Covanta Energy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Debris Program, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), and Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. to help coastal communities reduce the amount of abandoned fishing gear that ends up in...

2008-08-29 18:00:23

By TERESA STEPZINSKI BRUNSWICK - Tropical Storm Fay is gone, but marine trash including plastic bottles, light bulbs and broken chunks of plastic foam remain in her wake, trashing the area's marshes. Wrack, which is dead marine and marsh vegetation, occurs naturally, but the storm blew man-made trash into the mix and left it packed against the shoreline, said Spud Woodward, Georgia Department of Natural Resources assistant director for marine fisheries. "Wrack is Mother Nature's...

2008-08-12 03:00:00

WASHINGTON - Two years ago, with fanfare, President Bush declared a remote chain of Hawaiian islands the biggest, most environmentally protected area of ocean in the world. It hasn't worked out that way. Cleanup efforts have slowed, garbage is still piling up and Mr. Bush has cut his budget request by 80 percent. Winning rare praise from conservationists, the president declared the 140,000-square-mile chain in northwestern Hawaii the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in...

2008-07-29 09:00:45

By Emma Perez-Trevino, The Brownsville Herald, Texas Jul. 29--Cameron County is up to its armpits in brush from an endless supply of downed and snapped trees and other debris that Dolly, a Category 2 hurricane, trashed. County officials on Monday estimated a $6 million price tag for removing the brush and debris that the storm scattered, blew and destroyed for rural Cameron County and its smaller cities. The larger cities like Brownsville and Harlingen are making their own...

2008-07-25 21:00:29

ARLINGTON, Va., July 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, California Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi announced the findings of a recent report on marine debris. At the American Chemistry Council (ACC) we agree that even one piece of plastic in the ocean is too many. Plastic is a valuable resource -- too valuable to waste. Plastics do not belong in our waterways or on our beaches; they belong in the recycling bin. While we agree that a solution to the problem of marine debris must be found,...

2008-07-12 03:00:17

By Michael Sorba Authorities are urging anyone in San Bernardino County mountain areas this weekend to use caution and be aware of the dangers of debris flows, especially around the areas charred by 2007's Slide and Grass Valley wildfires. Thunderstorms, expected in mountain areas this weekend, have county officials concerned storm runoff from barren, charred areas could result in dangerous debris flows consisting of rushing water, soil and rock. The county Public Works Department...

2008-07-04 12:00:15

By The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 4--The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources on Thursday issued a warning to boaters that the majority of the debris washed downstream from the Lake Delton area by floods is still present in and along the Wisconsin River from Lake Delton to approximately the Columbia Power Plant. The agency said the debris can prove hazardous. "We've documented more than 80 visible piles of debris along this portion of the river," said Barbara Wolf, regional...

2008-07-02 09:00:31

By P.J. Lassek, Tulsa World, Okla. Jul. 2--City crews are picking up storm debris as their regular duties allow. Residents waiting for the city to collect tree debris left in the wake of thunderstorms early last month should be prepared for it to sit at the curb for a while, an official said this week. "If you want the debris removed quickly, it may be better for residents to haul it to the city's free green-waste site," said Paul Strizek, the Public Works Department's contract...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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