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West Lake Landfill Whistleblowers Honored

Pictured above: Dawn Chapman (Left) and Karen Nickel, co-founders of Just Moms STL.

Two brave ladies from North County were honored at the Gateway Journalism Review (GJR)annual First Amendment Celebration.

Dawn Chapman and Karen Nickel, founders of Just Moms STL, an advocacy group focused on the cleanup of nuclear waste contained in West Lake Landfill, were honored for “blowing the whistle” on the inept handling of atomic waste in the St. Louis region. Every day more St. Louis residents are becoming aware of our city’s role in the Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb – and the deadly legacy left behind here.

Read more below about St. Louis’ nuclear waste issues and the people working to bring awareness to the public.

Check out Don Corrigan’s latest for the Gateway Journalism Review an informative article titled  “Activists draw national attention and EPA response to the atomic city” – Read the article HERE

Also, read Corrigan’s second article for the GJR –  “Documentary movies draw attention to the atomic city” – Read the article HERE.

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Tillman Ignite Spring Jamboree April 14

Don’t miss the SPRING JAMBOREE at Tillman, Saturday, April 14!

“Tillman will host an IGNITE community event from 4:00-8:00pm! We are inviting everyone from the surrounding community to join. No need to RSVP, just show up!”

Schedule of events:

4:00-6:00pm • Build! A variety of projects to enhance the new space, including the installation of rain barrels and birdhouses decorated by Tillman students, building raised beds and maybe doing some plant installation.

5:00-7:00pm • Learn! Student Led Tours will take place at 5:00 and 5:30 during the Jamboree. Look for the Tour Guides in the red shirts! 

Community Resources Expo–Exhibitors that have resources for schools engaged in outdoor education as well as some folks that offer resources for folks who live in the neighborhood and want to know more about ethical land care. View the list of organizations attending the event.

6:00-8:00pm • Party! Party! Listen to 3rd Floor (Kelly Judge’s band), visit food trucks, take tours of the new learning space, dance, and play!

“Meet Me in St. Louis” At MOBOT

Check out the fun event happening this weekend at the Missouri Botanical Garden! “Meet Me Outdoors in St. Louis” will be held April 7-8. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Find more information HERE. (Be sure to check the Missouri Botanical Garden’s website for cancelations due to weather.)

“Climb into the tree canopy, shop for native plants, or take a nature scavenger hunt to kick off spring at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Shaw Nature Reserve, and Butterfly House. Enjoy food, music, special exhibitors, and more at three of the St. Louis area’s most beautiful destinations.”

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Celebrate Forest Park Now and Forever With A Party At Pagoda Circle

Celebrate the success of Forever: The Campaign for Forest Park’s Future at a free gathering at the iconic Pagoda Circle. The campaign helped to raise funding for park improvements and maintenance.

Hosted by Forest Park Forever, the FREE public event will offer live music from the local band Fat Pocket and popular local food trucks will be on-site for the public to purchase some tasty treats.  The event will be family-friendly and also pet-friendly.

When: Wednesday, April 11, 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: Pagoda Circle
Parking: Free parking is available in the Visitor Center east & west lots, the Festival & Parking Plaza and the lower Muny lot.

The event is FREE & open to the public! Find more information HERE.

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Amazing Rockwoods Race competition April 14, 2018

Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.

Outdoor lovers with a competitive streak can rise to the challenge during a great nature-themed contest this spring.

The Missouri Department of Conservation’s (MDC) Rockwoods Reservation will host the Amazing Rockwoods Race competition Saturday, April 14 from Noon-4:30 p.m.  Much like the popular TV program, participants will take on physical and mental challenges as they discover nature in a unique and active way.

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EPA Updates Public About West Lake Landfill and Requests Public Comment Submissions

EPA public meeting about proposed West Lake Landfill remedies held March 6, 2018, in Bridgeton, Mo.

To simply write that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) public meeting detailing proposed remedies for West Lake Landfill was a packed house would be an understatement. The meeting hall was overflowing and parking was a mess. It is estimated that more than 1,000 people attended.

The meeting, held March 6, 2018, in Bridgeton, Mo, outlined the eight different plans the EPA is currently considering as a remedy to the illegally dumped radioactive waste contained in West Lake Landfill.

Continue reading below to see outlines of the eight proposed West Lake Landfill remedies, and video clips of the comments made at the meeting by Just Moms stl co-founders Karen Nickel and Dawn Chapman, Bridgeton Mayor Terry Briggs, and Albert Kelly, chair of the EPA’s Superfund Task Force and advisor to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

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Get Ready For Spring Gardening With Gateway Greening!

Springtime is just around the corner! It’s not too early to start planning the garden!

Here are a few exciting events coming up from Gateway Greening!

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Hey, What Are You Going To Do With That Old Computer & Outdated Electronic Devices? Recycling E-scrap May Be More Important & Easier Than You Think.

Photo: GreenStar via Pixabay.

Here’s a headline for you: “E-waste grew 8 percent in just 2 years. Just one-fifth was recycled. – A growing global middle class and our tech-saturated lives are burying the planet in electronic waste.” The article appeared in Environmental Health News (EHN) recently.

While the public happily pursues the latest popular new technology and electronic gadget, what is happening to the discarded electronic devices?  Apparently, recycling the equipment is not on top of the list. Check out the EHN article HERE.

Many people are conscious of recycling glass, plastics, and other materials – so why not electronics? It could be many reasons, like the items could be bulky or the items may not be able to be picked up with the rest of a household’s recyclable materials. It’s not just households – businesses can also produce a large amount of electronic waste.

A step in the right direction may be as simple as knowing where to take our e-scrap to be recycled.

So what should we do with our electronic waste in the St. Louis area and Missouri? Find a few informational resources that can help below.

Also, can our electronic waste be a threat to national security? One national advocacy organization says – yes.

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Don’t Miss Eagle Days This January!

Photo by MDC Staff, courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation.

The Missouri Department of Conservation has posted information about the upcoming Eagle Days! Save the date this January for the popular Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge festival in 2018.

Eagle Days at the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 13 and 14, 2018. This free, family event is an excellent opportunity to see bald eagles in the wild and up close during live bald eagle programs presented by the World Bird Sanctuary. During both days, the World Bird Sanctuary program will be repeated every 20 minutes from 10 a.m.-2:40 p.m. Lewis and Clark re-enactors will also present a living history camp on the Missouri side, and demonstrations on the Illinois side.

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Local Event: Take Action to Protect Creve Coeur Lake Park

The Open Space Council for the  St. Louis Region has released information about a protest to protect Creve Coeur Lake Park. The event will be held Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at the County Government Building, 41 South Central Avenue in Clayton, MO 63105.

The protest will start outside the building at 5 p.m., and at 5:30 p.m., the protesters will move inside for the County Council meeting.

More information about the event can be found HERE.

The St. Louis Ice Center is under construction and 40 acres of the park have already been cleared. The work has been done without the necessary approval from the National Park Service as pointed out in this article by the St. Louis Post Dispatch.  Since then, legislation has been introduced calling for a halt to construction and a hold on any further advancement of this project until decision makers can review this project further.

Additional St. Louis Post-Dispatch article HERE.