tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-26073740859387626102014-03-19T04:04:28.372-04:00Water- Less Means MoreLess Means More is a clean water conservation initiative located in Craven County, NC. The group demonstrates how using less water today means more for the future. Our future and the future of our children depends on it.Bruce Wisehttps://plus.google.com/101415833576596048047noreply@blogger.comBlogger15125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2607374085938762610.post-54352812006987194222013-04-15T12:52:00.000-04:002013-04-20T12:53:59.849-04:00Maola and Weyerhaeuser Recognized for annual Earth Day Awards <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>173</o:Words> <o:Characters>988</o:Characters> <o:Company>Bruce Wise Designs</o:Company> <o:Lines>8</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>2</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>1159</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>14.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:PixelsPerInch>96</o:PixelsPerInch> <o:TargetScreenSize>800x600</o:TargetScreenSize> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> 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Representing Maola is Sue Shivar and Darrell Duvall. Representing Weyerhaeuser is Roy Brinson&nbsp;</span></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">As part of the Committee’s Earth Day events we recognize Maola for their long standing support of the Less Means More Committee.&nbsp; Maola has supported the annual Earth Week field days by providing snacks for the 5<sup>th</sup> graders attending the event.&nbsp; Less Means More began the field days 5 years ago with the support of the Craven County Board of Education.&nbsp; In that time over two thousand 5<sup>th</sup>graders have learned about Water; &nbsp;&nbsp;sources, use, indoor and outdoor conservation, distribution and our responsibility to assure we have sufficient water for future generations. Maola’s generous support of the Earth Week field days is always a highlight for our young students.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Maola is also a responsible steward of water in their operations.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Examples of water conservation actions:<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 72.2pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: inherit;">ü<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp; </span><!--[endif]-->Water saving nozzles on all lines in the plant<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 72.2pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: inherit;">ü<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp; </span><!--[endif]-->Collecting steam condensate to recycle into the boilers rather than use city water<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 72.2pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: inherit;">ü<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp; </span><!--[endif]-->Collection of recirculated, non potable water for refrigeration system instead of city water<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">The Less Means More Committee is pleased to recognize Maola.&nbsp; Congratulations to the whole team at Maola for being exceptional corporate citizens. Thank you!</span><o:p></o:p></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-C4XVSAX7yMc/UXLHJMf9UzI/AAAAAAAALek/VOWtZ-F5asg/s1600/Earth+Day+Group+-+L+Staunch.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-C4XVSAX7yMc/UXLHJMf9UzI/AAAAAAAALek/VOWtZ-F5asg/s400/Earth+Day+Group+-+L+Staunch.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="background-color: white; color: #222222; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: x-small; text-align: -webkit-auto;">Recipients of "Less Means More" Earth Day awards. Representing Maola is Sue Shivar and Darrell Duvall. 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font-family:"Times New Roman";} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> </div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">As part of the Committee’s Earth Day events we recognize the local facility of Weyerhaeuser as a leader in water conservation.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Weyerhaeuser uses Neuse River water in their process.&nbsp; Process water usage has been reduced over 40% since 1990.&nbsp; During this period facility output increased so the unit reduction is even greater.&nbsp; This has been accomplished through investment in equipment and close monitoring.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Weyerhaeuser has wells that draw facility water from the Castle Haynes aquifer.&nbsp; Numerous projects have been implemented.&nbsp; New projects and continuous monitoring have significantly reduced well water usage.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Examples of water conservation actions:<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 72.2pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: inherit;">ü<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp; </span><!--[endif]-->Annual goals and measures for water use reduction.&nbsp; Each year the total usage is less than the previous year.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 72.2pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: inherit;">ü<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp; </span><!--[endif]-->Annual project list for “Reduction of Mill water Usage”.&nbsp; The goals are communicated and progress reported throughout the year.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 72.2pt; 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class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 72.2pt; mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><!--[if !supportLists]--><span style="font-family: inherit;">ü<span style="font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp; </span><!--[endif]-->There are written operating procedures for water use and conservation.<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Weyerhaeuser Corporation is committed to sustainability.&nbsp; The company has a strong program of continuous improvement in all aspects of sustainability.&nbsp; Locally the facility has achieved results consistent with corporate initiatives.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Congratulations to the New Bern Weyerhaeuser Pulp Mill. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></div><!--EndFragment--><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><!--EndFragment-->Bruce Wisehttps://plus.google.com/101415833576596048047noreply@blogger.com0New Bern, NC, USA35.108493 -77.0441142999999934.900578 -77.366837799999985 35.316408 -76.7213908tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2607374085938762610.post-70722632118727460232013-04-12T14:27:00.000-04:002013-04-20T14:27:49.902-04:00Fifth-graders Learn Water Conservation Lessons!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; text-align: -webkit-auto;">Local area Fifth-graders learn water conservation lessons they can really use, as part of the Earth Day 2013 activities, at New Bern Farmers Market this week. The program was sponsored by Craven County’s Less Means More conservation initiative.&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.newbernsj.com/news/local/fifth-graders-learn-water-conservation-lessons-they-can-really-use-1.126359" style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; text-align: -webkit-auto;" target="_blank">See the New Bern Sun Journal for complete story.</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ey7bxgnTAeo/UXLcusBqM2I/AAAAAAAALfk/_msd23sW9uA/s1600/earth-day.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ey7bxgnTAeo/UXLcusBqM2I/AAAAAAAALfk/_msd23sW9uA/s400/earth-day.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="background-color: #f6f6f6; border: 0px none; color: #111111; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 11px; line-height: 1.2; margin-bottom: 10px; margin-top: 5px; outline: none 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: -webkit-auto; vertical-align: baseline;">Tom Glasgow of Craven County Extension shows students from Vanceboro Elementary School a rain barrel during a demonstration on outdoor water conservation.</div><em style="background-color: #f6f6f6; border: 0px none; color: #555555; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10px; margin: 0px; outline: none 0px; padding: 0px; text-align: -webkit-auto; vertical-align: baseline;"><div style="text-align: left;"><em style="border: 0px none; margin: 0px; outline: none 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Charlie Hall/Sun Journal</em></div></em><br /><div style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 14px;"><br /></div>Bruce Wisehttps://plus.google.com/101415833576596048047noreply@blogger.com0New Bern, NC, USA35.108493 -77.0441142999999934.900578 -77.366837799999985 35.316408 -76.7213908tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2607374085938762610.post-45944333972317337742013-03-12T21:24:00.000-04:002013-03-13T15:55:20.132-04:00Winning Poster Featuring Water Conservation<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cHfCPmkT5KI/UT_UTh_P49I/AAAAAAAALWc/z2tWf5berLY/s1600/w-lmm-04.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="251" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cHfCPmkT5KI/UT_UTh_P49I/AAAAAAAALWc/z2tWf5berLY/s400/w-lmm-04.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="color: #232222;"><b><span style="font-family: inherit;">Congratulations to 5<sup>th</sup> grader, Leah Taylor, from Vanceboro Farm Life elementary school! Leah submitted the winning poster featuring water conservation which was sponsored by Less Means More, a Craven County water conservation initiative. Leah was recognized at a school board meeting along with her parents and principal. Also participating were members of the Less Means More committee.</span></b></div><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">Each fall, five schools in our district are selected to participate in the "Less Means More" Water Conservation Poster Contest. &nbsp;The contest is sponsored by Less Means More, a Craven County Water Conservation Initiative which demonstrates how using less water today means more for the future. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">This year Creekside Elementary, Graham A. Barden Elementary, Oaks Road Elementary, Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary, and WJ Gurganus Elementary participated in this local challenge. &nbsp;Hundreds of posters were submitted by students from these schools and each school had at least one winner. &nbsp;The first place winner, Leah Taylor from Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary, was spotlighted by the Less Means More Committee at the February Craven County Board of Education work session. &nbsp;This special recognition allowed Lean to speak to the Craven County School Board Members about the message she wanted to deliver with her poster. &nbsp;Leah's family practices water conservation at home and now she is carrying that message to the community. &nbsp;Leah will also be spotlighted in a Public Service Announcement with the help of the "Less Means More" committee chairman, Linda Staunch.</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><span style="font-family: inherit;">Other winners from the 2012 fall poster contest are 2nd place-Erin Bamford at WJ Gurganus Elementary, 3rd place-Natalie Simons at Creekside Elementary. Honorable Mention winners included Caleb Balock at Creekside Elementary , Cameron McFarland at Graham A Barden, Devin Noonan at Oaks Road Elementary and Caitlyn Pacheco from WJ Gurganus. 
</span><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;Committee Chair Linda Staunch, Craven Water Superintendent Rusty Hayes and other members of the "Less Means More" Committee have visited each of the five participating schools to recognize the winners in front of all fifth grade classes. &nbsp;All fifth graders in these five schools have been invited to attend a Water Conservation fieldtrip in April 2013.</span>Bruce Wisehttps://plus.google.com/101415833576596048047noreply@blogger.com0New Bern, NC, USA35.108493 -77.0441142999999934.900578 -77.366837799999985 35.316408 -76.7213908tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2607374085938762610.post-68531574309501552962013-01-16T08:09:00.003-05:002013-01-16T08:09:54.576-05:00Have a Happy New Year!Here's to a Happy (and saving water) New Year in 2013! &nbsp;Please tell your friends to conserve water!Bruce Wisehttps://plus.google.com/101415833576596048047noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2607374085938762610.post-5480977456669341362012-10-09T16:48:00.001-04:002012-10-09T16:48:24.368-04:00Conservation Tips Updated<span style="font-size: large;"><i>Good news!</i></span><br /><br />The <a href="http://www.water-lessmeansmore.com/p/conservation-tips.html" target="_blank">Conservation Tips</a> page on this website has been updated. You should now be able to easily download any or all of the files listed. More Tips to be added!<br /><br />Is something missing? Did we forget an important Tip? If you have a Conservation Tip that you would like to have added to the list, just send it to us, <a href="mailto:linda@lindastaunch.com" target="_blank">via email</a>. That's all there is to it!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-S4pv5pfuG9k/UHSNg_MRZaI/AAAAAAAALN8/_wH_yOQxfbc/s1600/waterfaucet.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-S4pv5pfuG9k/UHSNg_MRZaI/AAAAAAAALN8/_wH_yOQxfbc/s1600/waterfaucet.gif" /></a></div><br /><br /><br />Bruce Wisehttps://plus.google.com/101415833576596048047noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2607374085938762610.post-17099959265031735542012-02-29T17:45:00.000-05:002012-02-29T17:53:18.720-05:00New Facebook Timeline Design!Check out the new <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Water-Less-Means-More/160449953992120" target="_blank">Facebook Timeline Page Design.</a> It's Facebook's new Timeline Design. It provides for a large photo at the top of the page, a Message Center, and all of the posts are arranged on the timeline in chronological order. Try it out!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-D8Z7kWDCWwI/T06r6QAbfYI/AAAAAAAAJQk/XHGMYVoCDys/s1600/Water_FB_alt1.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-D8Z7kWDCWwI/T06r6QAbfYI/AAAAAAAAJQk/XHGMYVoCDys/s400/Water_FB_alt1.png" width="400" /></a></div><br />Bruce Wisehttps://plus.google.com/101415833576596048047noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2607374085938762610.post-40324387182216174682011-09-27T15:22:00.000-04:002011-09-27T15:22:29.748-04:00WHERE DOES ALL THE GARBAGE GO?<br /><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: center;"><i>By Tom Watson</i></div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;">We tend to assume that when we take our garbage to the curb on Mondays that it will be handled properly. It is out of sight and out of mind. However our health, drinking water, recreational waters and the general beauty of our landscape all depend on its proper handling. I decided to see what happens to our garbage, so I drove out to the <a href="http://www.coastalenvironmentalpartnership.com/">Coastal Environmental Partnership</a>’s facility at Tuscarora. My host, Planner/Outreach Coordinator, Bobbi Waters, arranged for me to talk with the Operations Manager, David Warmack, and Finance Officer, Miriam Sumner, and then took me on a tour.</div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; min-height: 14.0px;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NzjoYRfZoKM/ToIgDrCXGyI/AAAAAAAAA8I/qu8sX1bgyN4/s1600/Aerial-1.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NzjoYRfZoKM/ToIgDrCXGyI/AAAAAAAAA8I/qu8sX1bgyN4/s320/Aerial-1.png" width="320" /></a></div><div style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Times; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-small;">Aerial view of Coastal Environmental Partnership’s Tuscarora landfill facility</span></div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; min-height: 14.0px;"><br /></div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;">The <a href="http://www.coastalenvironmentalpartnership.com/">Coastal Environmental Partnership</a> handles landfill disposal of garbage from Carteret, Pamlico, and Craven Counties. They do not handle the recycle materials that you put out on Monday afternoons. I asked whether the Coastal Environmental Partnership was privately or governmentally operated. The answer was, it is a government entity that runs like a business. It is a public authority. The Authority will handle landfilling of garbage or trash for cities, companies, or even individuals for a fee, currently $38/ ton. The <a href="http://www.coastalenvironmentalpartnership.com/">Coastal Environmental Partnership</a> aims to do just a little better than breakeven. In most years receipts are slightly higher than expenditures, and the surplus goes into a reserve fund. Though the purpose of the reserve fund is to provide for future growth, if the Partnership should run a deficit in a given year, it would be made up from the reserve fund.</div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><br /></div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;">The landfill operation is highly technical, and much cleaner and more pleasant than I expected. Before any trash can be deposited, a site must be prepared with the following steps:</div><ul style="list-style-type: disc;"><li style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;">Grade a “bottom” topped with clay at least four feet above the water table.</li><li style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;">Add a bentonite layer topped with high density polypropylene.</li><li style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;">Then a two foot layer of #57 granite stone for drainage completes the preparation.&nbsp;</li></ul><div style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Times; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 14.4px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;">&nbsp; &nbsp; <i>All of the above is to protect the ground water from contamination. In operation the runoff and leachate from the garbage averages 6,000 gallons per day. The solids are settled out and the water goes through two stages of aeration. It is then pumped into trucks and taken to the City of New Bern’s waste water treatment plant for final treatment. Samples from test wells around the perimeter are analyzed to ensure that the ground water is protected.</i>&nbsp;</div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; min-height: 14.0px;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9mvTQmFTdBE/ToIgeldVhHI/AAAAAAAAA8M/9IvRopdl96w/s1600/NewConst-2.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-9mvTQmFTdBE/ToIgeldVhHI/AAAAAAAAA8M/9IvRopdl96w/s320/NewConst-2.png" width="320" /></a></div><div style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Times; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;">New Construction: A bulldozer installs the granite stone drainage layer over the high density polypropylene.</div><div style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Times; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; min-height: 14px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;">Roughly 700 tons of trash/garbage is taken to the landfill by trucks each day. On arrival it weighs 350 pounds per cubic yard. After several by passes a 120,000 pound spiked wheeled compactor, the trash weighs 1400 pounds per cubic yard. Trash and garbage are in layers separated with earth. As more and more layers are added, quite a mountain results. The altitude of the completed section of landfill is 145 feet, the highest elevation in Craven County!&nbsp;</div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; min-height: 14.0px;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hG-MKDrKNOc/ToIgjsRGAVI/AAAAAAAAA8Q/8ua-e9dMfIQ/s1600/Sixty-3.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hG-MKDrKNOc/ToIgjsRGAVI/AAAAAAAAA8Q/8ua-e9dMfIQ/s320/Sixty-3.png" width="320" /></a></div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-align: center;">Sixty ton compactor at work. Finished landfill in upper left background.</div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; min-height: 14.0px;"><br /></div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;">Once in the landfill the organic material begins to decompose. The gaseous products are Methane (CH4) and CO2. These along with some traces of other gasses are known as Landfill Gas (LFG). Currently 47 LFG wells collect 1,350,000 cubic feet of LFG per day. These gasses are sold to INGENCO, a power generating plant on property adjacent to the Coastal Environmental Partnership.</div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><br /></div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;">Operator Jose Delgado told me that INGENCO operates eight to ten Detroit Diesel engine driven generators 24 hours a day, 365 day a year. The fuel for the engines is about 95% LFG supplemented by 5% diesel. INGENCO generates from three to six megawatts of power and sells it to Progress Energy. The amount varies depending on the weather. Generally more LFG is collected in summer than in winter. The power generated is about the amount required to supply Taberna, Fairfield Harbour, and Greenbrier.</div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; min-height: 14.0px;"><br /></div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; min-height: 14.0px;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vV28WHPjuhY/ToIgqXP1rVI/AAAAAAAAA8U/nne8J5Tvxn4/s1600/InGen-4.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-vV28WHPjuhY/ToIgqXP1rVI/AAAAAAAAA8U/nne8J5Tvxn4/s320/InGen-4.png" width="264" /></a></div><div style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Times; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 36px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;">One of INGENCO’s diesel driven generators.</div><div style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Times; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; min-height: 14px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;">It is hard to believe that such a facility is operating just north of US 70, but the landfill serves us every day. It has been in operation for 16 years, and has 27 more years currently permitted. The <a href="http://www.coastalenvironmentalpartnership.com/">Coastal Environmental Partnership</a> has enough land to develop for 30 years after that.&nbsp;</div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;"><br /></div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px;">Bobbi Waters would be happy to take anyone or a group through to see the operation. Her phone number is 252 633 1564.</div><div style="font: 12.0px Times; margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; min-height: 14.0px;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qr767Xmjtxw/ToIgvd2GcaI/AAAAAAAAA8Y/nV7VYSBG-Ws/s1600/Cell-5.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="235" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qr767Xmjtxw/ToIgvd2GcaI/AAAAAAAAA8Y/nV7VYSBG-Ws/s320/Cell-5.png" width="320" /></a></div><div style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Times; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;">The completed part of the Coastal Environmental Partnership’s landfill; the highest point in Craven County.&nbsp;</div><div style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Times; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Times; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: left;"><b>Website: <a href="http://www.coastalenvironmentalpartnership.com/">www.coastalenvironmentalpartnership.com</a></b></div><div style="font: normal normal normal 12px/normal Times; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; text-align: left;"><b>Blog: <a href="http://draft.blogger.com/goog_1159141813">www.</a></b><b><a href="http://coastalenviron.blogspot.com/">coastalenviron.blogspot.com</a></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Linda Staunchhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03594984112261739143noreply@blogger.com1U.S. 70, New Bern, NC 28562, USA35.1255247934279 -77.1322631835937535.0216072934279 -77.290191683593747 35.2294422934279 -76.974334683593753tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2607374085938762610.post-20363507359108056082011-07-07T13:19:00.000-04:002011-07-07T13:19:37.967-04:00Craven conserves waterHope everyone is doing their part to conserve water during this dry summer spell. It's been noted that overwatering lawns is the biggest problem for Craven County. While it's natural to wish for a lush green lawn, we encourage conservative use of water especially when it's dry. Excessive irrigation of lawns is the number 1 overuse of water which can lead to shortages and other problems. Remember the less we use now, the more we have available for the future. Thanks to everyone for doing their part!Linda Staunchhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03594984112261739143noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2607374085938762610.post-78597715376183906912011-07-04T05:07:00.001-04:002011-07-04T05:07:34.583-04:00Happy 4th of July!Happy 4th of July New Bern! See you tonight at Union Point Park for the awesome Fireworks Show!Bruce Wisehttps://plus.google.com/101415833576596048047noreply@blogger.com0New Bern, NC, USA35.108493 -77.0441142999999935.026547 -77.1277253 35.190439000000005 -76.960503299999985tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2607374085938762610.post-44323990572365667772011-06-14T13:07:00.000-04:002011-06-14T13:07:44.573-04:00Dry Weather Concerns Craven County<div style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1em; line-height: 16px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;">Craven County implemented Stage 1 of its Water Shortage Response Plan Friday.</div><div style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1em; line-height: 16px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;">County management, including County Manager Harold Blizzard and Water Supervisor Rusty Hayes, met Thursday after observing several days of use by customers that exceeded the county system’s ability to pump fast enough to refill its water towers.</div><div style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1em; line-height: 16px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;">In an effort to curb the recent heavy demand for water, the Craven County Water Department announced today implementation of Stage 1 of its Water Shortage Response Plan.</div><div style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1em; line-height: 16px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;">Hayes said “The County’s water supply is adequate, but the unusually large water usage in recent weeks has placed a big strain on the water system’s ability to maintain normal tank levels.&nbsp; Customers may notice slightly lower than normal water pressures at their residences during this extended period of dry conditions.” <a href="http://www.newbernsj.com/news/county-98152-water-crave.html">For the rest of the story...</a></div><div style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1em; line-height: 16px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><br /></div><div style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1em; line-height: 16px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;">Reprinted from the <a href="http://www.newbernsj.com/news/county-98152-water-crave.html">New Bern Sun Journal</a>: 6-11-11</div>Bruce Wisehttps://plus.google.com/101415833576596048047noreply@blogger.com0New Bern, NC, USA35.108493 -77.0441142999999935.026547 -77.1277253 35.190439000000005 -76.960503299999985tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2607374085938762610.post-82363171256225605042011-06-14T12:59:00.000-04:002011-06-14T12:59:21.772-04:00Craven County officials urge water conservation<div class="BodyCopyRag" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;">Craven County officials are urging water conservation from county water system users.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-F2XcRW9pRBQ/TfeTPSGBeiI/AAAAAAAAH_U/py61wnrxZ0o/s1600/lmhsjy-lmhsjdnbo0609waterconservationurgedincraven.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-F2XcRW9pRBQ/TfeTPSGBeiI/AAAAAAAAH_U/py61wnrxZ0o/s1600/lmhsjy-lmhsjdnbo0609waterconservationurgedincraven.jpg" /></a></div><div class="BodyCopyRag" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;">While neither Craven County Water System nor any of the nine public water systems in the county are among those in N.C. that are drought-threatened, dry skies are prompting high usage.</div><div class="BodyCopyRag" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 16px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;">“In the past several weeks we’ve been slammed with water customers irrigating lawns,” said Harold Blizzard, Craven County manager.</div><div class="BodyCopyRag" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 1em; line-height: 16px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 13px;"></span></div><div class="BodyCopyRag" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small;">“Although our water supply remains unaffected,” he said. “It’s not a capacity issue. Our problem has been our ability to transmit the large amounts of water required to meet the demand.”</span></div><div class="BodyCopyRag" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small;">“We’re just not able to pump it fast enough,” said Blizzard. “The demand is so great our elevated water storage tanks are unable to fully recover overnight from the previous day's usage.”<span style="font-family: sans-serif; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"></span></span></div><div class="BodyCopyRag" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small;">“I don’t want anybody to think the sky is falling but we are concerned about the demand,” he said Blizzard. “We believe the problem really lies with people watering their lawns.”</span></div><div class="BodyCopyRag" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small;">Craven County has a Water Shortage Plan that contains five levels of response to “water shortage” and Blizzard will meet with Craven County Water System Supervisor Rusty Hayes Thursday to decide whether or not to implement Stage 1 Voluntary Reductions.&nbsp;</span><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small;"><a href="http://www.newbernsj.com/articles/water-98043-county-craven.html">For the Rest of the story...</a></span></div><div class="BodyCopyRag" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><br /></div><div class="BodyCopyRag" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: small;">Reprinted from <a href="http://www.newbernsj.com/articles/water-98043-county-craven.html">New Bern Sun Journal</a>: 6-8-11</span></div>Bruce Wisehttps://plus.google.com/101415833576596048047noreply@blogger.com1New Bern, NC, USA35.108493 -77.0441142999999935.026547 -77.1277253 35.190439000000005 -76.960503299999985tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2607374085938762610.post-9633169722335356912011-05-06T12:58:00.000-04:002011-05-06T17:06:15.522-04:00Earth Day, 2011<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-m2QkjrTvjlc/TcQohYCy1GI/AAAAAAAAH2g/96RWVtMmhjw/s1600/DSC_9465_WLMM-sm.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="292" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-m2QkjrTvjlc/TcQohYCy1GI/AAAAAAAAH2g/96RWVtMmhjw/s400/DSC_9465_WLMM-sm.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The Craven County Less Means More Task Force presented a water conservation award to Tryon Palace during Earth Week, 2011.Pictured above are Tom Watson, Tim McLear, Philippe Lafargue, Belinda Coombs, Dana Outlaw, and Linda Staunch. Philippe Lafargue accepted the award on behalf of Tryon Palace.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br />&nbsp;</div>Bruce Wisehttps://plus.google.com/101415833576596048047noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2607374085938762610.post-42221834037662484422011-04-15T17:02:00.000-04:002011-04-15T17:02:59.110-04:00Earth Week 2011Earth Week 2011 was a big success. 5 schools in 3 days. It's great to have 5th graders involved in conservation and the environment.Linda Staunchhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/03594984112261739143noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2607374085938762610.post-74930989507878911712011-03-25T17:29:00.000-04:002011-03-26T18:49:28.914-04:00Soliciting Nominations for Water Conservation<div class="MsoNormal"><b>Less Means More</b><span style="font-weight: normal;"> the Craven County sponsored Water Conservation Committee is soliciting nominations from individuals and groups to be recognized for their Water Conservation efforts.&nbsp; The award recipients will be announced as part of the annual Earth Week activities presented by the </span><b>Less Means More Committee</b><span style="font-weight: normal;">.&nbsp; This year, due to the Easter Holiday, the Earth Week activities are scheduled for the 11<sup>th</sup> thru the 15<sup>th</sup> of April.&nbsp; </span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Who should nominate?&nbsp; A company, small business, schools, non profits, public facilities or departments, individuals and families, who have made measurable strides towards reducing their use of one of our most precious resources - - water!</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Why nominate?&nbsp; Data from the County Water Department confirms that there has been a reduction in water use per capita in the last few years, so, we know good techniques and habits are being applied.&nbsp; It is essential to recognize these positive actions and communicate them to everyone in the county.&nbsp; </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Remember <b><i>everyone</i></b><span style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;"> can not do </span><b><i>everything</i></b><span style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;"> in regard to </span><b><i>water conservation</i></b><span style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;"> – but – </span><b><i>everyone</i></b><span style="font-style: normal; font-weight: normal;"> can do </span><b><i><u>something!</u></i></b></div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">How to nominate.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1YjfRSVYdI5tzOD2WRY20r9YEm-_lQXrrdlqx2O71KYU">Click for Nomination Form</a>. &nbsp;Nominations must be submitted by April 8<sup>th</sup>, 2011.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Earth Week events will include activities at Union Point Park in New Bern to educate 5<sup>th</sup> graders from several Craven County schools on water systems and conservation.&nbsp;&nbsp;</div>Bruce Wisehttps://plus.google.com/101415833576596048047noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2607374085938762610.post-84586495093682899862010-11-04T07:20:00.000-04:002011-03-25T17:43:28.628-04:00Our Newly-Designed Website is Born!<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit;">We are so excited to be able to announce the launch of our brand new website. The new design features a Blog format, so that we might be able to keep our visitors more informed with more up to date news. And it's news you can use, as we have added more tips, and more resources to add to the existing content. The new site is Social Media enabled too! Now we have our own Facebook Page, and we are on Twitter too!</span><br /><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: inherit;">A big thank you to Bruce Wise who designed and developed the site (and continues to help us as we learn how to manage it all!)</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: auto;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Bruce Wisehttps://plus.google.com/101415833576596048047noreply@blogger.com0