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

March 2014 Newsletter

US EPA in the Pacific Southwest

Preserving Vernal Pools

Vernal Pool

Two wetlands scientists have been presented with an EPA environmental award for their work protecting California vernal pools, a critical and highly vulnerable type of wetland. These unique ecosystems, which provide homes to many rare species, have suffered a tragic decline—only about 10% of California’s historic vernal pools remain today.

Restoring Contaminated Sites for Reuse by New Businesses

Fronks Food-Brownfields Restoration

EPA recently celebrated the opening of a new restaurant built on a formerly contaminated gas station site, with help from $65,000 in funds from EPA’s Brownfields and Underground Storage Tanks programs. The new restaurant, in Bellflower, Calif., is a great example of how federal, state and local agencies can work together to clean and revitalize an urban site.

Caring for the Land in Hawaii

With nearly $400,000 in funding since 2008 from the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) grant program, the Pacific American Foundation worked with the Native Hawaiian community of the Waianae Coast in Oahu to clean up the environment and to reconnect residents to the Hawaiian tradition of mālama `āina (caring for the land).

Greening Sports for a Zero Waste Victory

Baseball Diamond

Across the country, teams and fans are channeling their love of athletics into protecting our communities by "greening" sports — saving energy, cutting waste and cleaning up pollution. A recent example was the Arizona Diamondbacks' first zero-waste baseball game. The Diamondbacks partnered with the City of Phoenix as part of the Reimagine Phoenix initiative, which encourages city residents to rethink the role of trash in their lives.

Enforcement Update

Protecting Communities from Lead Poisoning

A Concord, Calif., company was one of 35 home renovation contractors nationwide that agreed to pay a total of $274,000 in civil penalties over violations of rules designed to minimize exposure of children and others to lead dust.

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