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EPA Proposes to Redesignate Crittenden County, Ark., as Attaining the Ozone Standard

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve the state of Arkansas’ request to designate Crittenden County, Ark., as attaining the federal 2008 ozone standard. Crittenden County lies within the tri-state greater Memphis area, and had been included in the area’s designation of nonattainment for the standard. The Memphis area as a whole has also been redesignated as attaining the standard.

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The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015

The U.S. Surgeon General and Secretary of Transportation both spoke out for more Complete Streets last year. The U.S. Surgeon General and Secretary of Transportation both spoke out for more Complete Streets last year. Congress passed a transportation bill that included Complete Streets language for the first time ever. And the City of Reading, PA adopted the first policy to ever score a perfect 100 in our analysis. Together, these all helped set a new high water mark for the national movement for safer streets across the country.

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Will Our Trees Survive the Warming Temps?

A crew of scientists from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has been making its way through the Ozark Mountains, dodging snakes and poison ivy to study tree rings, to see how they're reacting to climate change. A crew of scientists from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has been making its way through the Ozark Mountains, dodging snakes and poison ivy to study tree rings, to see how they're reacting to climate change.

In much of North America, research has shown climate warming is happening so quickly that trees can't adapt but that isn't the case in the south-central U.S., where temperatures haven't changed much yet.

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USDA Invests $30 Million to Improve Water Quality in Mississippi River Basin

73 projects will help farmers, ranchers target conservation in high-priority watersheds

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest $30 million this year in 33 new projects and 40 existing projects to improve water quality in high priority watersheds the Mississippi River Basin. These projects reduce loss of nutrients and sediment to waters that eventually flow into the Gulf of Mexico.

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Science in the Ozarks

small_DSCN3286Elmdale Elementary completed a two day Science in the Ozarks program at Ozark Natural Science Center. During Field Investigation hikes students actively participated in inquiry-based lessons exploring geology, succession, nutrient cycles, scientific method and conservation.

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