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I missed last week so this post is longer. (Sorry!) But it has great things in it!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Folks, This week we witnessed the next chapter in Google’s effort to withdraw 1.5 million gallons of groundwater a day from the Middendorf aquifer, one of the coast’s deep, ancient and threatened aquatic repositories.  The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control approved a water plan, (despite assurances that they would entertain further discussion before proceeding), and thus set the stage for action on Google’s pending permit. Mt. Pleasant Waterworks (and the Conservation League) have opposed…

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You deserve a high five ✋

Thursday, May 11, 2017

I am writing from the steps of the State House to let you know that you deserve a high five. The first regular session of the 122nd South Carolina General Assembly ended today, and it was a busy and successful one. Because of your calls and emails to your state legislators and your attendance at public hearings, we curbed progress on several bad bills and created forward momentum for positive issues. It was a great start to…

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Alligators ascending. Snakes alive! Nature on film. Rare brown pelicans, at Cornell, and on the Pelicam. Trump vs. Trump. Coal free Britain, for a day. Fatalities from potholes? Probably not. Keeping our republic.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

We have an environment, madam, if you can keep it. Earth Day 2017, with homage to Benjamin Franklin. Folks, I hope you had the pleasure of spending Saturday outside.  There is so much going on – turtles are laying eggs, snakes are on the move, warblers and thrushes are returning from the tropics, alligators are basking on second floor Mt. Pleasant porches…  It’s a great time to celebrate nature! Re: the stair-climbing alligator, Bo Petersen with the Post and…

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Bees and cheese

Friday, April 21, 2017

GrowFood Carolina’s customers are all unique, and we’re lucky to work with a wide array of restaurants, retailers and institutions. Our collaboration ensures our community has access to local produce in their grocery store, work cafeteria and favorite food truck. The retail/restaurant hybrid is one of our favorite models because consumers have the opportunity to taste great local products and then take some home. Last year,…

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How GrowFood Carolina cultivates connections

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I wish I could share stories from every farm visit with you. Your support enables these visits, and they are by far the most important thing we do. I learn something new each time—and although operating as a ‘middle man’—GrowFood Carolina strives to market a farmer’s products as the farmers themselves would. Every once in a while, we are able to…

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In praise of trees. Highway funding basics. (It’s not about the money.) Offshore oil. (It’s not about energy independence.) Weigh in on the (automatic) stay. What’s up with conservation? Ombra mai fu.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Ombra mai fu di vegetabile, cara ed amabile, soave più. From “Serse” by George Frederic Handel Folks,   I’ve spent a lot of the last week outdoors, both in the mountains and on the Black and Pee Dee rivers.  (This is my lame excuse for skipping last week’s e-mail.)  The forests are mystical this time of year, with fresh leaves bathing road and river edges in diffused green light.  In the mountains, silver bell and serviceberry flowers are emerging, and dogwoods…

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Lights, camera, pelicans!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Last summer, Wray Lemke walked out of his office to find his wife and business partner, Susanne, yelling at her computer monitor. The hoodlums, he thought. It’s the birds again. For more than two years, Wray has poured his time, energy and expertise into helping the Conservation League get our Pelicam running each season. The Pelicam project is a successful collaboration between the Conservation League, the South…

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Meet Jungle Jane

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A dozen students in Jane Settle’s classroom are furiously jotting notes on charts listing out plastic straws, bottles and bags. Their assignment: To research sources of marine pollution and brainstorm solutions to keep them out of local waters. Jungle Jane, as her friends call her, moved to Charleston in 1977 to study marine science at the graduate level, quickly falling in love with…

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The federal war on the environment and why it doesn’t matter, that much. Living your way into a new way of thinking, about plastics. Kiawah sand dumping. Bikes for everybody! Google “overuse of water.” More trout, less ivory.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Folks, I’ll start with the bad news about the federal government because I hope you will agree that it’s less important than the good news that follows. The Trump Administration continues to amaze. Without exception, every single step they have taken on the environmental front is designed to undermine policies and programs that protect nature and human health, and to eliminate funding for critical scientific research on which future progress depends. They have, in the words…

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The unEnlightenment. Echo chambers. Manipulating voters. Mt. Pleasant’s mistake. The value of corner stores. Chicken threats. Magnificent dolphins!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Folks, A couple of weeks ago I included an article by David Brooks on the perils of abandoning the principles and processes of the Enlightenment – skeptical inquiry based on reason and empirical evidence.  But I also included a piece from an English sheep farmer that seemed to provide a counterpoint to the cold rationality of, say, Francis Bacon.  I thought the (sometimes) countervailing forces of reason and sentiment would help us navigate the environmental…

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