South Georgia 4-H’ers have fun learning about water conservation.

first_imgCamilla, Ga. — Dozens of 4-H students playing under a center pivot irrigation system may look like a fun way to cool off in the south Georgia heat. But it’s also a careful lesson in water conservation. 4-H agents used the irrigation system to teach children in grades 5 to 8 about the importance of water and water conservation.On June 6, 4-H students from Mitchell, Baker, Colquitt, Decatur, Seminole and Randoph counties descended upon the University of Georgia’s Stripling Irrigation Research Park to take part in the fifth annual 4-H20 camp.Following a day at the Flint RiverQuarium in Albany, 4-H students came to Stripling, just outside of Camilla, Ga., to learn about the sources of water and its agricultural use in southwest Georgia. 4-H leaders — as well as representatives from Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, the Southern Georgia Regional Commission and WALB television — presented sessions on topics ranging from run-off pollution to the region’s complex soil and aquifer system. Melanie Biersmith, the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education coordinator, said the camp painted a holistic picture of people’s relationship to water.“I find that youth sometimes only have one connection to water,” Biersmith said. “When we can show them all the ways that water touches our lives, they really start to appreciate it, and then we can get a conservation message in, too.”Five years ago, Mitchell County 4-H started the camp out of a concern for water conservation during an acute regional drought.At the time, “water was just the buzzword,” said Jennifer Grogan, a 4-H agent with Mitchell County Cooperative Extension.Much of the educational focus in the local schools was on water conservation. After delivering educational information about water to students during the school year, Mitchell County 4-H wanted to create a summer event that would expand upon that knowledge.Grogan said the need to create an educational program centered on water use in agriculture was obvious.It allowed for all UGA Cooperative Extension program areas — agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development, and family and consumer sciences — to collaborate. Agricultural water use was a clear issue in Mitchell County, which ranks sixth in the state of Georgia in overall farm gate value and second in total row crop and forage value, according to the 2010 Farm Gate Value Report.“We have all the irrigation here in the county, and we wanted people to understand that farmers were not abusing the water,” Grogan said. Mitchell County children needed a fuller understanding of water’s importance to agriculture and the ways agriculture was working to conserve the precious resource, Grogan said.Stripling Irrigation Research Park was the natural location.On more than 130 acres donated by C.M. Stripling, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences researchers develop and test cutting-edge technology in agricultural water conservation at the park. At Stripling students saw firsthand crops growing in the field, as well as different types of irrigation in action.After the success of 4-H20’s first year, 4-H programs from surrounding counties wanted to participate. Other members of the 4-H Southwest District were able to take part thanks to generous donations by the Stripling family.As the number of children involved increases, space is also becoming increasingly limited. Once again the Striplings have reached out to make sure the program continues to grow.The Stripling family has “always been so supportive of 4-H and anything to do with agriculture,” said Grogan. One would think that hosting so many kids where complex research trials are occurring would be something of a nightmare. But Stripling Superintendent Calvin Perry says he never has any concerns when 4-H is involved.“4-H knows how to do anything,” Perry said. “The whole program is top-notch. You can count on the kids to be well-behaved because the parents, volunteers and leaders involved are so great.” After visiting Stripling, the 4-H20 camp concluded with a stop on the Chattahoochee River and Water World water park in Dothan, Ala.last_img read more

Vermont Supreme Court restores Act 250 rules in utility case

first_imgThe Vermont Supreme Court has thrown out a lower court ruling that Vermont utilities contend would have raised costs for customers and created a new and unworkable permit process for customer service line extensions and routine construction work.“This decision ensures the orderly and environmentally responsible provision of electric services without new and expensive burdens on utility customers,” said Downs Rachlin Martin Director Chris Roy, who argued the case on behalf of Central Vermont Public Service. “If the court had upheld the lower court order, it would have created a costly, time-consuming process for bringing energy to new customers with no new benefits to either the public or the environment.”At issue was an October 2006 CVPS request for an Act 250 permit to extend one of its electrical distribution lines to a new customer in Danville.  CVPS applied for an Act 250 permit to build a 2,500-foot line, mostly underground.  CVPS obtained easements for the line, one of which traversed land subject to an existing Act 250 permit held by the customer.In December 2006, the local district commission issued two permits – a new Act 250 permit to CVPS under Rule 70, which has jurisdiction over utility projects, and an amended permit to the landowner, which named CVPS as a new co-permittee.  The commission said the new line represented a significant change to the existing property, which necessitated the amended permit. The Vermont Environmental Court upheld the commission’s ruling.CVPS appealed the Environmental Court’s determination that it must not only obtain a permit under Act 250 Rule 70, which for decades has specifically applied to utility line projects, but also obtain an amendment to the existing Act 250 third-party permit.“We argued that the district commission and Environmental Court erred by finding that a change to an existing parcel of land could be an independent trigger for jurisdiction over a utility line project,” CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said.  “We believed they also erred in naming the company a co-permittee of a permit we had nothing to do with.  If upheld, this decision would have created an unworkable requirement that utilities across Vermont examine deeds on every property they cross when providing new customers with line extensions, or doing routine service upgrades on existing lines.”The Supreme Court, in a 3-2 decision, agreed with CVPS, finding that the lower court decision inappropriately expanded the reach of Act 250 and violated the specific utility rule the law includes, Rule 70.“The Environmental Court erred in its expansive construction of Act 250 jurisdiction in this case, and we therefore reverse its decision,” the Court said.last_img read more

Ian Wright reveals Thierry Henry’s biggest worry before joining Arsenal

first_img by Metro Advertisement Ian Wright reveals Thierry Henry’s biggest worry before joining Arsenal Advertisement PLAY Read More Full Screen Top articles 1/1 Comment Skip Ad Ian Wright has revealed Thierry Henry’s worry before he joined Arsenal (Picture: YouTube)Ian Wright has revealed fellow Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was concerned he would not provide enough goals and assists for the Gunners before joining the club.A 22-year-old Henry arrived at Arsenal in the summer of 1999, having scored just three goals in 19 appearances for Juventus the previous season.The Frenchman had also endured a mixed spell at Monaco before joining Juve, scoring 28 goals in 141 games and finding the back of the net just once in his final campaign in France.Henry made an instant impact at Arsenal, however, scoring 26 goals in his first season in England and then at least 20 in six consecutive campaigns under Arsene Wenger as he became the club’s record goalscorer.ADVERTISEMENT Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Coming Next Read More ‘His physique, pace, skill. He got this hunger for goals.‘I remember when Arsene Wenger said he was going to sign him for Arsenal, Henry said: “Yeah, but I don’t score goals, I won’t score enough goals for you”.‘And Arsene Wenger said: “Don’t worry, you’ll score goals.” I cannot believe that he didn’t think he would score goals.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Once he got the bug, it was just so easy for him. I can’t find any faults with the way he played.‘He was a team player, he scored all those goals and he’s still the record assist-maker.’Henry finished his Arsenal career with 175 Premier League goals from 258 games.MORE: Dani Ceballos won Mikel Arteta’s trust after surprising Arsenal coach in DubaiMORE: Arsenal line up transfer move for Wolves star as Mikel Arteta plans summer rebuild Read More 1 min. story Skip Video Settings SPONSORED Read More Henry became Arsenal’s record goalscorer after joining the club in 1999 (Picture: Getty)Discussing Henry’s Arsenal career, former England striker Wright told the My Classic Football Shirts YouTube show: ‘He’s the king!AdvertisementAdvertisement‘When he first came, he had already won the World Cup. Everyone was talking about this winger and Arsene Wenger described him as the football equivalent of Michael Jordan.‘He could do everything. He didn’t score for a few games but once he got his feet in the Premier League… About Connatix V67539 Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 14 Mar 2020 10:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShares / Manchester United captain Harry Maguire last_img read more