– June 28, 2023 –
Today: High 93°, Low 73°
Good morning and happy Wednesday! My name is Sarah Harwell, and I’m a summer intern filling in for Mary today to bring you your environmental and scientific stories for the week.
In today’s newsletter, Georgia’s bald eagle population flies higher, City of Savannah’s Office of Sustainability shines a light on energy efficiency, and Fort Pulaski is overdue for a plan.
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Fort Pulaski plans ahead
Substantial sea-level rise, a 19th-century fort built from 13,000,000 bricks and outdated centralized maintenance facilities. What do these all have in common? According to Benjamin Payne from GPB News, these are all considerations the National Park Service must take into account in new upgrade plans for Fort Pulaski.
To help with these plans, the agency wants to hear from the public. Among the proposed changes, fixing how the NPS staff is able to prepare for and respond to storms is in consideration. Fort Pulaski ranger Joel Cadoff said the fort’s walls are still marked where surges from when Hurricanes Matthew and Irma hit, reminders of the importance of proposed upcoming modifications.
July 12th is the deadline for public comment. Learn about the proposal and how citizens can have a say in what happens to this national monument.
Comeback of the season
“The comeback of the bald eagle in Georgia is a great conservation success story…” Georgia Department of Natural Resources survey leader Bob Sargent
Last spring, an avian flu outbreak took a toll on Georgia’s bald eagle population, with less than half the nests producing even one eaglet. This contrasts to the normal 3 eggs a year bald eagles typically lay. Now, Georgia Recorder’s Ross Williams reports the birds’ nesting rates have returned to normal range. But, why is this important?
Well, the bald eagle in Georgia is already considered a threatened species.
Threatened vs. Endangered: A threatened species is likely to become endangered, while an endangered species is in danger of extinction.
Both coastal and southwest Georgia make up about 85% of the state’s eagles and if high nest failures were to continue, that would only lower the population even further. Fortunately, Williams cites record numbers in this year’s survey, highlighting a much happier outcome.
Throughout the summer, the City of Savannah Office of Sustainability is hosting workshops to educate and assist Georgia Power customers on how they can save money through energy efficiency programs. We attended a couple of these workshops and highlighted several money-saving opportunities they shared. You can see more on that by heading to our Instagram here. But, even beyond Georgia Power programs, the workshop presentation gave tips on how anyone can become more energy efficient.
Let there be light: Make the switch to more energy efficient LED light bulbs
Up and down: Try turning your thermostat up a few degrees in the summer and a few degrees lower in the winter
Squeaky clean: Use cold water to wash your clothes
Something in the air: Remember to change your air filters regularly
BEACH ADVISORIES: As of last night…
Before you head to the beach, check the link to see current notices.
Understanding the advisory: When the level of bacteria is higher than acceptable levels, there is an increased risk of illness to swimmers. When a beach is under advisory, swimming or wading in that area is not recommended. However, an advisory does not mean the beach is closed. The Beach Water Quality program never closes beaches — it only advises that swimming may be more risky. (Via Georgia Department of Natural Resources Georgia Healthy Beaches Program )
The Civil War-era seaside fort and adjoining park are grappling with the effects of climate change, prompting federal officials to adapt.
The new policy could force Georgia’s largest utility company to abandon plans to leave coal ash in contact with groundwater at some of its older sites.
The U.S. Supreme Court narrows the interpretation of the Clean Water Act in a decision that could expose many wetlands across the U.S. to filling and development.
Debate centers on meanings of ‘contributing’ structures, historical and architectural significance. Owners say their plans will provide more parking, more office space.
Savannah was home to more than 100 film productions last year, earning the film industry millions in tax credits. Georgia lawmakers now want to know what taxpayers got in return.
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