Environmental Regulations, EPA, Nature, Saving the World

The $50 Million Dollar Man-agement of Gulf Ecosystem

On December 5, the final strategy for reversing deterioration of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem was announced.  News:  USDA has allotted $50 million financial assistance for restoration projects as Task Force efforts shift into action.

Key priorities of the strategy include:

1) Stopping the Loss of Critical Wetlands, Sand Barriers and Beaches
The strategy recommends placing ecosystem restoration on an equal footing with historic uses such as navigation and flood damage reduction by approaching water resource management decisions in a far more comprehensive manner that will bypass harm to wetlands, barrier islands and beaches. The strategy also recommends implementation of several congressionally authorized projects in the Gulf that are intended to reverse the trend of wetlands loss.

2) Reducing the Flow of Excess Nutrients into the Gulf
The strategy calls for working in the Gulf and upstream in the Mississippi watershed to reduce the flow of excess nutrients into the Gulf by supporting state nutrient reduction frameworks, new nutrient reduction approaches, and targeted watershed work to reduce agricultural and urban sources of excess nutrients.

3) Enhancing Resiliency among Coastal Communities
The strategy calls for enhancing the quality of life of Gulf residents by working in partnership with the Gulf with coastal communities. The strategy specifically recommends working with each of the States to build the integrated capacity needed through effective coastal improvement plans to better secure the future of their coastal communities and to implement existing efforts underway.

To review the final strategy: http://www.epa.gov/gulfcoasttaskforce

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Have an Emergency Pet Plan

During Tropical Storm Irene, says FEMA, and the recent New England storm of Oct.29-30 that resulted in extended power outages, some residents chose not to evacuate from their homes fearing they would be separated from their pets. The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) emphasize that during emergency evacuations, leaving pets should be an absolute last resort and encourage owners of pets and livestock to learn about which shelters allow animals during emergencies.

Prepare for pets
Because your dog is the best dog in the world.

“It’s critical to have an emergency plan in place that includes a fully-stocked animal emergency kit. In the long run it will help bring families some peace of mind as they begin the process of recovery,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Stephen M. De Blasio Sr.

The following information was developed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in consultation with: American Kennel Club, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), and The Humane Society of the U.S.

Useful steps in planning for animal evacuation:

  1.     If you must leave your residence, have a plan for your family pets
  2.     Go online and locate several “pet-friendly” hotels in and out of your area
  3.     Identify friends or relatives outside your area where you and your pets can stay
  4.     If there is a disaster pending, evacuate early with your pets, working animals and livestock; don’t wait for a mandatory evacuation order
  5.     Animals should have leg bands or tattoos, microchips or identification tags with their name as well as your address and phone number

Putting together an animal emergency kit:

  1.     Seven days worth of water and food stored with a can opener in a waterproof container
  2.     Toys, treats and bedding because familiar items may reduce stress for your pet
  3.     Medications, medical records and your veterinarian’s name and telephone number
  4.     Current photos of you with your family pets
  5.     Sturdy leashes, harnesses, and/or carriers to move pets safely and securely
  6.     Litter, litter box, newspapers, paper towels, plastic trash bags and household chlorine bleach for sanitation
  7.     First aid supplies such as cotton bandage rolls, tape, scissors, antibiotic ointment, flea/tick prevention, latex gloves, alcohol, saline solution as well as a pet first aid reference book

Planning for safe animal transportation:

  1.     Get family pets used to being placed in a carrier or crate
  2.     Prepare to move birds, snakes, lizards, ferrets and “pocket pets” like hamsters and gerbils in secure cages or carriers
  3.     Prepare for extreme weather conditions. Include blankets, ice packs, heating pads and a water mister in your kit

Detailed plans for family pets, working animals and livestock owners are available online at http://www.Ready.Gov or by calling 1-800-BE READY (1-800-237-3239).

Safe dogs are happy dogs.
Safe dogs are happy dogs.