Hudson - Litchfield News August 5, 2011 - 5
by Cheryl Freed Those of you that watched the last Recycling Committee meeting probably noticed a change. Connie Owen, Chair, has stepped down from the Committee after serving for several years. Connie is also the Chair of the George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library Trustees and her departure from the Recycling Committee will allow her to devote more time to the Library. I would like to thank Connie for her service to the community. Hudson is a better place thanks to all of the people that volunteer their time. Our new Chair is Leo Bernard. He is a former Chair of the Committee so the transition has been smooth. This also means we have an opening on the Committee for an alternate member. If you are interested in becoming a member you can download the application form from the Town of Hudson Website at www. hudsonnh.gov/forms
or pick up an application at Town Hall during normal business hours. A recent trip to Las Vegas was full of examples of how other parts of the country are dealing with recycling. The airports have recycling bins for paper, cans and plastic. We flew on Southwest Airlines and they announced their recycling initiatives and they picked up any newspapers or magazines that the passengers were finished with to recycle. Our hotel, like most hotels now, had a card in the room to let the guests know how to request fresh towels and bed linens. As I was walking around the casinos I was surprised not to see any recycling bins but then I noticed a sign on the trash receptacles that stated they participated in a single stream recycling program and pulled the recyclable material from the trash. Lastly, there are fountains and moats and canals everywhere in Vegas (don’t forget it is in the middle of the desert) in spite of being in the middle of a drought. Again there were signs stating that the water feature complied with the established conservation measures. Some of the water features are actually inside the buildings (the canal at the Venetian) and the ceiling is painted to depict the sky.
was more than a little disconcerting at times. A day trip to the Hoover Dam was incredible. Here you can actually see the effect of the drought. Lake Mead has dropped 100 feet since January 2000. According to the Las Vegas Valley Water District Website (www.lvvwd.com
) the lake is three trillion gallons below capacity. More than 20 million people and a million acres of crop land depend upon the Colorado River and Lake Mead for their source of water. They also rely on the Hoover Dam for their electricity. When the Dam was built (two years ahead of schedule and under budget) it was with the understanding that it be self- supporting through the sale of hydroelectric power. The original cost of $165 million was repaid and the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the facility is solely supported from power sales. For more information about the Hoover Dam, check out www.us
br. gov/lc/hooverdam. Our second day trip was to the Grand Canyon and it was beautiful. This was, of course, the only day it rained. There is
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attention to the elements when you are there: wind, elevation, sun and rain can all be part of the experience. It is breathtaking and overwhelming at the same time. I was very surprised how windy it was the day we were there.
According to the summer guide we were given there are many sustainability initiatives that are happening at the Grand Canyon (www.nps.gov/grca
) including an aggressive recycling program. However, since I’ve been talking a lot about water, I thought I would highlight their “Go “Green” and Refill Your Water Bottles” initiative. Reduce, Reuse, Refill! Did you know that disposable plastic water bottles comprise an estimated 30 percent of Grand Canyon’s waste stream? As a Climate Friendly Park, Grand Canyon National Park’s staff, partners and stakeholders have made a commitment to take a leadership role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and educating the public about what they can do to reduce their impacts on the park. In order to reduce plastics in the park’s waste stream, litter along trails and walkways and green house gas emissions, the Grand Canyon community encourages everyone to reduce, reuse, refill. Filling Stations are Readily Available Designated water bottle filling stations have been installed in high
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traffic areas on both rims of the park, making it easier than ever before to refill your water bottle. Like the existing water fountains and sinks in buildings and facilities throughout the park, the new filling stations provide free, Grand Canyon spring water from the park’s approved water supply, located at Roaring Springs. Forgot Your Water Bottle? A variety of reusable souvenir water bottles are available at all of the park’s major retail outlets. Grand Canyon’s “reduce, reuse, refill” initiative is a collaborative effort between the National Park Service and Grand Canyon National Park’s concessionaires and partners. They have all developed product lines that provide sustainable alternatives to disposable plastic water bottles. If you should choose to buy water in disposable bottles, please remember to drop the empty bottles in one of the recycle bins conveniently located throughout the park. Why Refill? In Grand Canyon National Park, litter associated with disposable plastic water bottles is on the rise along trails and walkways and is one of the biggest contributors to trash below the rim. When you refill a reusable water bottle, less ends up in the waste stream and the likelihood of litter associated with your water consumption ending up along the trail is decreased.
Take Proper Precautions
Whether in the air or on the highways, millions of American hunters are traveling long distances today in pursuit of wild game and adventure. Dallas Safari Club (DSC) is offering tips to help make the journey go more smoothly. • Most outfitters and booking agents offer information kits for their traveling clients. Read and follow them to the letter.
• Make two lists. One for items to pick up at your destination and one for items to bring from home. Commonly forgotten: hunter and bowhunter education certification cards, birth certificate or other identification for young hunters, tags, personal medicines and toiletries.
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• Study rules of the road. If you’re driving to your hunt, be aware of any restrictions that could affect your trip home. For example, a number of states now regulate transportation of deer and elk carcasses in an effort to control chronic wasting disease. Visit the website of the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance, www.cwd-info. org.
• If you’re traveling to Canada or abroad, go online and print out U.S. Customs Form 4457. This is the form needed for registering everything with a serial number that you intend to take with you. When you return, it’s how authorities will know what equipment you took from home versus what you purchased on your trip. See www.cbp.gov
• Call your credit card company to let them know you’ll be traveling out of the country, and for how long. This helps prevent them from denying charges suddenly appearing from Africa or other far-flung destinations, as well as any layover stops along the way.
• Some airlines - and some airline employees - lean anti-gun and anti-hunting. Then go online and carefully read that airline’s policies concerning transport of firearms, ammunition, antlers and meat. Preempt confused airline employees by taking a printout of these policies with you to the airport.
• If you’re flying with firearms, more time will be necessary at check in. Get to the airport an extra hour early. Generally speaking, archery gear is treated as normal checked baggage.
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