Sierra Club - Local News

Press ReleaseARKANSAS SIERRA CLUB STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION  -  Decision Supports Sierra Club Efforts to Stop Wasteful Coal Plant Retrofits in Arkansas
This June 29 Press Release is on the News > Press Releases web page.

Press Release Response to Attorney General Rutledge's Attempt To Block Sierra Club
This June 22 Press Release is on the News > Press Releases web page.

Sierra Club - Upcoming Events

9/15 Tu - CAG - General meeting - The Central Arkansas Group (CAG) does not meet in August. The next CAG meeting is on Tuesday Sept. 15.

Government & Other (non-Club) Events

Water Quality Forums:
8/3 M - Morrilton - Lake Conway-Point Remove Watershed
8/20 Th - Wynne - L'Anguille Watershed
8/24 M - Fayetteville - Illinois River Watershed
8/25 T - Madison County -
Beaver Reservoir Watershed/Upper White River Watershed

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POSTED IN JULY

7/14 Tu -  On July 14, after a 9-year journey, the New Horizons spacecraft will fly past Pluto on July 14.

Watershed water quality meetings during August - See Issues > Clean Water web page [posted 7/11]

Fracking: Report on Fracking in California Released [posted 7/9]

New National Monuments Created in Texas, Nevada, California [posted 7/9]

Washington County Judge approves wind farm. For more information, click HERE. [posted 7/7]

JBS USA to buy Cargill's US-based pork business. (Effect on hog farm in Buffalo River Watershed is unknown.) For more information, click HERE. [posted 7/7]

The EPA announced Thursday that it had awarded $558,258 to ADEQ to monitor fine particulate matter. Refer to the Sunday July 5 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (page11A) for more information. [posted 7/5]

Sierra Club President Aaron Mair's statement on diversity [posted 7/1]

(web) site map has been updated to reflect current site. Click here for guide to what items are on the web site and where they are located. [posted 7/1]

POSTED IN JUNE

Amazeum - Little Rock has the Museum of Discovery.  Starting July 15, Bentonville will have the new Amazeum. For more information, go to amazeum.org [posted 6/30]

Little Rock - New Hiking Trail - Wildwood Park's new 1.9 mile Wild 40 trail is now open to the public [posted 6/28]

Springdale - Proposed Trail - City officials held a meeting at the Jones Center to obtain public comment on location of a new trail (estimated cost of $5 M) to extend north from the Center. Another such meeting will be held Tuesday 6/9 from 4 to 6:30 pm at the same location. [posted 6/4]

Little Rock - A natural gas pipeline ruptured east of I-30 bridge Sunday morning May 30, closing two miles of the Arkansas River - For more info, go to http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archives/2015/06/02/natural-gas-pipeline-ruptures-east-of-i-30-bridge-closing-two-miles-of-arkansas-river - The Arkansas River is now expected to crest at Little Rock Thursday morning June 4  at 4 am, with water flowing closer to 400,000 cfs (cubic feet per second) than the normal 20,000 cfs. Determining what happened may be delayed. (See info and photos on the News > Environment > Outdoors web page.) [posted 6/2]

2015 Spring Flooding Along the Arkansas River (moved to News > Environment - Outdoors page 6/6)

POSTED IN MAY

10/3 Sa - CAG/Pinnacle Mountain State Park - Fall 2015 Canoe Cleanup [added 5/30]
May 17 - National Sierra Club officers for 2015-2016 announced

Special Topic:

Texas Coal Plants An Issue, Sierra Club Says

By Doug Thompson - NW News - December 30, 2014

Two coal-fired power plants in Texas stand as the most immediate threat to air quality in Northwest Arkansas, said the director of the Sierra Club in Arkansas.

The plants are among seven at issue in a Jan. 15 public hearing in Oklahoma City. The federal Environmental Protection Agency called the hearing after rejecting parts of Texas' plan to gradually reduce the amount of haze-causing sulfur dioxide from the plants.

Glen Hooks, this state's Sierra Club director, said his group will argue at the hearing the sulfur dioxide contributes to haze as far north as Benton and Washington counties and over the federally protected headwaters of the Buffalo National River. ... MORE     [TOP]

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