The U.S. EPA provides technical assistance and grant funds through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. This program helps communities organize and take action to reduce risks due to toxic pollutants and environmental health concerns in the local environment. A two-year, Level I grant was awarded for Salina to better understand, identify, and prioritize their environmental health issues. The Salina CARE Program fact sheet [PDF] provides details about this process and the Salina partners supporting the project. Results of public ranking of issues and background information on identified issues are available below.
A subsequent two-year, Level II grant was awarded to the City of Salina to implement projects that address some of the priority environmental health concerns including radon, lead, and other Healthy Homes issues; stormwater quality; water conservation; organic gardening and food preservation; and proper disposal of household hazardous waste and unused pharmaceuticals. The ultimate goal of CARE projects is to establish a long-term structure of volunteers and practices that promote sustainability in the community.
EARTH DAY 2013 WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
Something for everyone!
Saturday, April 20
Salina Spring Spruce-Up: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Lakewood Park (south shelter)
Come assist residents in the area between the Old Smoky Hill River Channel and the Smoky Hill River cutoff and between Iron Ave and Crawford with removal of excess items. Meet at Lakewood Park, south shelter, to be assigned a project location and grab some breakfast. Work until 12:30pm. Pre-registration requested by April 15. Use the form at this button or call 785-823-3128. Drop off signed forms at The Volunteer Connection, 239 N. Santa Fe.
Operation Medicine Cabinet will be at Lakewood Park, south side, during Spring Spruce-up to collect unused and unwanted pharmaceuticals--prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Clean out your medicine cabinets and let the Sheriff's office dispose of the drugs for you.
Sunday, April 21
Discover Salina Naturally: 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Lakewood Park (south side)
DISCOVER Salina's past, present, and future. DISCOVER historical characters from Salina's past. DISCOVER Salina's natural history. DISCOVER sustainable practices that will take Salina into the 21st century. No cost to participate! Something for everyone. Many kid’s activities. Drawings for prizes. Learn about xeriscaping and rain gardens. Learn about conserving water and energy. Worm composting and rain barrel making. Go for a nature walk led by naturalists. Fuel economy run (bring your own car) - contest to see which car has the best gas mileage. Live music. Brochure with schedule and exhibitors [PDF].
Earth Day events are sponsored by
The environmental health issues that were ranked are summarized in the abstracts below. Full issue papers are also found below. Ranking results will be used to prioritize funding for solutions that address these issues.
Barb Goode (firstname.lastname@example.org)
K-State Pollution Prevention Institute
133 Ward Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
Page last modified by Administrator on April 17th, 2013.