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Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

DeKalb’s Greenspace and Parks committees meet June 12

DeKalb’s Greenspace and Parks committees meet June 12

TUCKER, Ga. -- The joint regular meeting of the DeKalb Parks Bond Advisory Committee and the Initiative for a Green DeKalb Advisory Council is Wednesday, June 12, at 5:30 p.m. at Henderson Park, 4000 Henderson Park Road, Tucker, Ga. 30084.

Following a brief meeting near the entrance of the community gardens, there will be a tour of the walking trails. In addition, an update will be provided on greenspace acquisitions and current parks and recreation projects.

The DeKalb Parks Bond Advisory Committee provides advice regarding the use of the proceeds of the 2001 Parks Bonds and reviews the bond proceeds expenditures in an advisory capacity. The Initiative for a Green DeKalb Advisory Council advises, advocates, and establishes a vision for an integrated greenspace system in DeKalb County.

For more information, call Mamie Ellis at 404-371-2082.

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

GEMA: Georgians should prepare as hurricane season hurries in

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Emergency Management Agency stresses the importance of safety just before Hurricane Preparedness Week hits. 

During the week, May 26 - June 1, education will be offered to all residents through Georgia who plan to camp outdoors, throw cookouts and spend time at the lakes or in the backyard. Severe weather can make its way here anytime, a Ready Georgia spokeswoman said, which puts Georgians at risk statewide.

Erosion and Sediment Control Seminar, Expo return to Callanwolde

Erosion and Sediment Control Seminar, Expo return to Callanwolde

ATLANTA -- Being held for 26 years by the DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Erosion and Sediment Control Seminar will begin May 30 at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center at 8:00 that morning. 

For 2013, discussions will focus on "Gaining Public Support for Water Quality" and "Atlanta's New Green Infrastructure Ordinance." 

"This is a unique opportunity for the public to learn about controlling soil erosion, stabilizing streambanks and protecting water quality for the citizens and businesses in DeKalb County and the surrounding metro areas," Robert Amos, Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission regional representative.

Those who attend will learn about new sediment and control practices, products and programs from speakers including GEMA representatives, and others from City of Atlanta, the Department of Watershed Maintenance, Georgia Tech and the NPDES Stormwater Training Institute.

Georgia companies take on Green Day Challenge

Georgia companies take on Green Day Challenge

(WXIA) -- Companies across Georgia are gearing up for the EarthShare of Georgia's Corporate Green Day Challenge, to be held Saturday, April 6 in various parks in the metro area.

Employees from local businesses form teams and complete projects in a good number of parks to help the environment. In 2012, over 1,000 volunteers took the challenge and went to work at 12 different locations. 

For 2013, EarthShare of Georgia expects over 12,000 to take part in the challenge. 

The projects will take place from 9:00 Saturday morning until noon. 

Teams signed up for 2013 come from companies including:

Sweep the Hooch registration open

Sweep the Hooch registration open

ATLANTA -- This year's Sweep the Hooch event is expected to be the biggest one yet.

The annual Chattahoochee River clean-up to slated to attract nearly 600 volunteers at a number of locations along the water.

Last year, Sweep the Hooch participants gathered up nearly four tons of trash.

"This is the kind of hands-on work that Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and our partners do that reaffirms our commitment to keeping our river clean," Chattahoochee Riverkeeper executive director Sally Bethea said in a statement. "We'll have volunteers paddling the river, wading in the water and combing the shoreline for trash."

Clean-up locations along the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area run from Buford Dam to Paces Mill.

Sweep the Hooch will be Saturday, Apr. 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To sign up as an individual or with a group, visit sweepthehooch.org.

 

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

2013 Georgia Rides to the Capitol to raise cycling support

ATLANTA -- The 2013 "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event will be held through the city on Tuesday, March 26.

A spokeswoman for the ride said more than 1,000 cyclists are expected to participate, as part of the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association "GEORGIA BIKES!" program. The bike ride will be escorted by police, and run track through Decatur and Roswell. Leading the pack will be Commissioner Fred Boykin and Mayor Jere Wood, along with more city officials. 

During the "Georgia Rides to the Capitol" event, cyclists hope to raise support for other types of transportation through the metro region. Plus, they hope conditions will improve to allow easier cycling, including the development of regional systems and both on-road bicycling facilities and multi-use trails.