LOCAL CONTROLS ON CAFOS, CONTINUED?

Just when I think it can’t get any worse, it does.  I picked up the New York Times while traveling, Friday the 13th naturally, and read about the Trump administration’s repeal of the Waters of the United States Rule (WOTUS) under the 1972 Clean Water Act. In that it...

Did It Work? Local Control On CAFOs

The answer to this question has been a tough one to get my arms around. As mentioned in my previous posting, Senate Bill 391 is an attempt to curtail existing county health ordinances, which after the dumbing down of state regulations over the past five years, are the...

Running In Place

Year Two of RIVER RANT presents the same challenges and similar hopes that we began with a year ago. From that initial post in July 2018:  “Ozarks waters are at grave risk from multiple protagonists.”  They still are. But barely a month ago, the Governor...

A Retrospective

River Rant,The Blog, debuted twelve months ago with a promise to focus on water and the Ozarks, and my concerns about threats to all. I have tried to remain true to that charge, with a few diversions into family, friends, and floating. My concerns remain,...

ANOTHER PIG CAFO STORY

I debuted my new environmentally themed presentation, Life is a River - A Bend Beyond, to a sizable and engaged audience at the Library Center a month ago. I have received many comments of encouragement since. Things like: “Thanks for sharing...

Bull Creek Rewind

I’ve heard it said that old men are occasionally allowed to wax sentimental.  I definitely pass the age threshold, and writing about Swan Creek and Bull Creek back to back trigger the sentimentality meter.  So here goes.  I apologize in advance! About a...

Swan Creek Meanderings

I’ve busted up more than one canoe on beautiful Swan Creek.  I even turned one inside out - a long story.  But that’s not what this post is all about. Dr. Jim Baker, Missouri State University and host of Ozarks Watch Video Magazine (PBS), must be a real...

Earth Day #49

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”- Gandhi   This was the tag line on the bottom of my pocket calendar, this 4th week of April, 2019. So random, so timely, so vital. I saw so many people doing just this last Monday on Earth Day at the...

Let’s Go Floatin’

OK. Change of plans. I’ll write about Earth Day #49 next post. More on that soon. For now my mind has gone floating. As in float trip, canoeing, spring runs on our amazing Ozarks’ streams. A weekend of snow, rain, and now temperatures soaring into the mid...

Life Is A River – A Bend Beyond

OK, I’m officially inspired. To do something beyond writing. Beyond my books, my blogs, my bitching, my moaning. So I went back to my original blog from last July 8. “I hope it (the blog) stirs some emotion, some passion, some reaction, some action.” My...