Bottled Water is Dumb

I love water. It is basically all I drink.

Do I need to drink water from commercially produced disposable plastic bottles to stay hydrated? Uh, No.

I have access to high-quality Lake Michigan water flowing out of my faucet, but some people don’t have this luxury and bottled water is the only safe drinking water option for them. In that case, bottled water is OK.

Water is not something I am willing to pay the marked up $6.00 for at a sporting event. The water fountain is fine, thank you.

But there needs to be a water fountain…and it should not be full of lead

Anyway, this is not the first time I have taken to writing about bottled water. I wrote my senior honors thesis about it in college a whole 8 years ago (That is terrifying). I remember sitting at my desk, letting the words flow out, but they sounded too casual, too informal, too dare I say, like a blog.

My advisor made me lose the conversational tone and it made my thesis seem less like me. I didn’t want to talk at people with loads of science jargon about what makes bottled water a threat to our health, environment, and our wallets. I wanted to talk with people and engage with them about it.

So here I am. Eight years later. With a blog. That some people read.

Therefore, it is finally the time I discuss this topic how I wanted it to be discussed in the first place.

Each purchase and consumption of bottled water could be dangerous to one’s health, damaging to the environment, and adds up to water that is 1,900 times more expensive than tap water.

It doesn’t seem like common sense to continue purchasing bottled water due to the enormous ramifications it causes, but millions upon millions of people keep buying, keep drinking, and keep polluting every single day.

Stay tuned for more fun facts that I learned while writing my thesis!

Parker County Grass Fire Evacuations Caused by Old School Power Line Whipping in da Wind

Power line break whipping in the wind caused the fire….dedicated grids with local renewable power sources is looking better by the… drought.

Today is 1/22/2018 and it is 1:50 pm and WFAA is saying some evacuations are happening as I type this.

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For those wondering if the smoke could drift into the metroplex and make breathing miserable like on 10/19/2017 where TCEQ did not do an investigation, lets take matters into our own hands and look at the map and then the current wind map

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wind map jan 22 2018 willow park fire evacuation in progress

Eco-Art Contest Deadline Extended

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 22, 2018) – The deadline for the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s 2017-18 Eco-Art Contest has been extended due to recent adverse weather conditions. Kentucky high school students are encouraged to submit their nominations by midnight on March 2, 2018. The contest, which is in its ninth year, provides an opportunity for students to …

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On the Way To A Less Wasteful Wedding

135 days to go until our wedding day.

Less than 5 months.

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That doesn’t seem like a lot, but when you start this wedding planning journey a whole year and a half beforehand, it’s a lot.

Plenty of things have been crossed off the to-do list, but there are still many more tasks to go.

Here is a roundup of my less wasteful wedding planning experience so far:

Yet there is still so much to do!

 

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This is NOT my wedding dress. Just one I tried on.

 

Toxic Release Totals Continue to Decline

Analysis of data from the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) continues to show a downward statewide in toxic pollutants entering Kentucky’s environment. With continued reduction in reported releases, the potential impact on communities that may be disproportionately impacted has also decreased. The Kentucky DEP conducted an analysis of reporting …

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My First Clothing Swap

Have you ever looked at your closet exasperated and just said “UGHHHHHH!!”

Have you ever tried closing your dresser drawers only to have to shove a bunch of stuff down to get them closed?

This happens to me in cycles. I clean out my clothes, donate, and organize, only for several months later having to do it all over again. It is exhausting!

When I saw that the Sugar Beet Food Co-op was hosting a clothing swap, I was immediately on board.

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I tore apart my closet and dresser, pulling out everything that barely got worn, or no longer fit right. I had already had a pile of clothes that still were at my parents’ house, including multiple pairs of jeans I will never fit into again (sad day).  With the bags of clothes piled into the back of my car and I headed to Sugar Beet.

Upon arrival, we were instructed to sort our clothing by category onto tables.

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After everyone had laid out their pieces, we were then able to browse and pick anything that caught our eye (and was our size). My intention of attending the swap was not to get new clothes, it was more to offload what I had accumulated over the years.

The whole experience was neat because I was able to see other people pick up my articles of clothing and be excited about them. That was much more fulfilling than dropping off a bag of clothes at a donation center. I loved knowing that my pieces were exactly what someone else was looking for. Even so, not everything was picked up, so what was left was donated.

I did leave with one article of clothing though. It was a knit vest and it is so cozy warm that I have worn it for the last two days.

 

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The only thing I allowed myself to take home from the swap! 

With my resolution of reducing my clothing purchases this year, hopefully, I won’t need to be attending too many more swaps!

 

Environmental Protection Announces Grants to Clean up Illegal Open Dumps in 20 Kentucky Counties

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 16, 2018) – Energy and Environment Secretary Charles Snavely announced today approximately $1.5 million in grant funding has been awarded for the cleanup of 108 illegal dumps in 20 counties across the Commonwealth. “This grant program has been very successful in helping counties clean up their communities, but Illegal dumping is still a problem …

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Division of Compliance Assistance Director Appointed to New Post in Dept. for Natural Resources

E. Paulette Akers has been appointed Director of the Kentucky Division of Conservation in the Kentucky Department for Natural Resources (DNR). “Paulette has shown strong leadership wherever she has served in the Cabinet,” said Charles Snavely, Secretary of the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet. “We are delighted that she will now lead a team providing …

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When mud fails to be NORM tested? LABC story

Screen shot 2016-03-11 at 11.50.35 AMScreen shot 2016-03-11 at 11.49.38 AMScreen shot 2016-03-11 at 11.44.49 AMScreen shot 2016-03-11 at 11.26.02 AMHere is the link to the original LABC reports/blog on the frack spill that contained top flow and some produced waters…. the well control team had mud brought in to kill the well and when it was all under control, Terracon tested the mud and the top soil was removed and pending the disposition of the mud, sent to the land fill called Tervita in Larado in Johnson County.

Testing was said to include TPH using EPA method 1005

RCRA for 8 metals using EPA method 6010/7471

The RCRA 8 metals are,

  • Arsenic (As),
  • Barium (Ba),
  • Cadmium (Cd),
  • Chromium (Cr),
  • Lead (Pb),
  • Mercury (Hg),
  • Selenium (Se), and
  • Silver (Ag).

 

Total Chlorides using EPA method 9056A and

SPLP (Synthetic Precipitation Leach Procedure) Chlorides using EPA method 9056A/1312

 

In looking at the Terracon results…I don’t see NORM results.. and remember that MUD was brought IN to the site to kill the well….what was the mud testing results?

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Here is the link to the Terracon report to the LABC water tests