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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

May 2013 Newsletter

Plight of the Honey Bees

The United States Department of Agriculture and EPA released a report on the decline of honey bee hives.  The report states that there are multiple factors playing a role in honey bee colony declines, including parasites and disease, genetics, poor nutrition and pesticide exposure.

Rising to the Challenge in Arizona

ASU badgeThe University of Arizona has been recognized by the Campus RainWorks Challenge, which engages the next generation of landscape architects, planners, and engineers to develop innovative green infrastructure systems that mitigate the impacts of urban stormwater, while supporting sustainable communities.

Environmental Stewardship Now and in the Future

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The California State University (CSU) system and EPA have signed an agreement to increase environmental opportunities for CSU students, faculty, and staff, over the next five years. The agreement identifies collaboration opportunities such as internships, service-learning projects, and curriculum development.

Cleaning Up Properties and Revitalizing Communities

Brownfields grants provide communities with funding to assess, clean up, and redevelop contaminated properties, boosting local economies and leveraging jobs while protecting public health and the environment. The grants target underserved and economically disadvantaged neighborhoods—places where environmental cleanups and new jobs are most needed.

Protecting Consumers and Agricultural Employees

Hydrofarm Inc., of Petaluma, Calif., will pay a $316,000 penalty and stop selling two unregistered pesticides as part of a settlement of violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act.

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